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In the dark corners of the Marvel Universe dwell those who protect the innocents the law has neglected and justice has forgotten. These brave few fight the corrupt, the depraved and the common-criminal scum that plague the streets and threaten the lives ofever ydecent citizen. Known as the Marvel Knights, these heroes stand against dark forces both familiar...and supernatural:

DAREDEVIL: A Tragic accident stole his sight, but in return enhanced Matt Murdock's remaining senses far beyond human limits. By day, he works within the system as a lawyer; by night, he uses his superhuman talents to protect the downtrodden residents of New York City's notorious Hell's Kitchen.

ELEKTRA: She is the world's ultimate assassin, ruthless, efficient and trained to kill. Once she agrees to a contact, no man can escape the cold blade of her steel sai.

THE PUNISHER: When his entire family was murdered in the crossfire of a mob hit, Frank Castle died, too- his spirit hardened into the icy-cold one-man army known as the Punisher. If you're on the wrong side of the law, the Punisher will accept no excuses. For every criminal piece of trash who preys on innocents, he is judge, jury and executioner.

BLADE: Born half-man, half-vampire, the lethal weapon known only as Blade belongs to neither group. His only allegiance is to his own mission: to wipe the streets clean of every blood-sucking campire that walks the Earth.

GHOST RIDER: When Johnny Blaze made a deal with the devil, he found himself transformed into the blazing fury called Ghost Rider. As the Spirit of Vengeance, Blaze rides his fiery motorcycle against the unholy forces of supernatural evil.


  Marvel Encyclopedia, Vol. 5:
Marvel Knights

List price: $29.99 (US) $48.00 (Canada)
ISBN: 0-7851-1385-1 Original Release Date: 3/3/04

240 pages

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Writers: Kit Kiefer, Kujit Mithra, Jeff Christiansen, Seth Biederman, Ronald Byrd, Michael Hoskin, Kyle Simms, and Barry Reese
Editors: Jeff Youngquist with Jennifer Grunwald
Cover Art: Joef Vita
Interior Art: dozens of Marvel artists, from Frank Miller, John Romita, Jr., John Buscema, Alex Maleev, Ron Garney, Adam & Andy Kubert, and many more
Copy Editor: Jake Kornegay
Designers: Jeof Vita with Meghan Kerns


Marvel Encyclopedia Vol. 5 leads off with a selection of seven chapters that discuss the comics history of Daredevil, Blade, Ghost Rider and the Punisher, as well as chapters devoted to the movie projects for each of those characters. There is also a chapter dealing with toys and merchandising of Marvel Knights characters. Then following is three sections of "A to Z" encyclopedia materials, with pages that give a basic history of the universes of Daredevil, the Punisher, and Ghost Rider and Blaze. Data includes biographical information such as secret identity, first appearance, height, weight, eye color and hair color; a breakdown on powers and weapons used by the character; and a power ratings grid that measures their intelligence, strength, speed, durability, energy projection and fighting skills. Interspersed with the text material are heavy doses of previously released artwork from today's hottest Marvel artists.


    • I: Daredevil (6 pages)
    • II: Punisher (6 pages)
    • III: Blade (4 pages)
    • IV: Ghost Rider (4 pages)
    • V: Daredevil Movie Profile (6 pages)
    • VI: Punisher Movie Profile (6 pages)
    • VII: Blade Movie Profile (6 pages)
    • VIII: Ghost Rider Movie Production (2 pages)
    • IX: Marvel Knights Toys and Collectible (6 pages)
    • 8 page entries:
      • Daredevil

    • 5 page entries:
      • Elektra

    • 4 page entries:
      • Black Widow, Kingpin

    • 3 page entries:
      • Bullseye

    • 2 page entries:
      • Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Typhoid Mary

    • 1 page entries:
      • Chaste, Cobra, Echo, Exterminator/Death-Stalker, Vanessa Fisk, Gladiator, The Hand, Jester, Leap-Frog I & II, Mr. Fear, Mr. Hyde, Owl, Purple Man, Rose, Spider-Man, Stick, Stilt-Man, Ben Urich

    • Mini-biographies:
      • Angar the Screamer, Ani-Men/Unholy Three, Baby Karen, Bengal, Black Panther, Becky Blake, Kerwin J. Broderick, Bullet, Bushwacker, Cage, Captain America, Copperhead, Deadpool, Milla Donovan, Damon Dran, Eel, Fatboys, Fixer, Gael, Heather Glenn, Hazzard, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Josie's Bar, Ka-Zar, King, Kirigi, Kline, Kruel, Klaus Kruger, Willie Lincoln, Lord Dark Wind, Kathy Malper, Man-Bull, Marvel Knights, Mandrill, Moondragon, Mysterio, Masked Marauder, Matador, Jack Murdock, Sister Maggie Murdock, Nameless One, Nekra, Nuke, Number Nine, Glorianna O'Brien, Organizer, Ox, Eddie Passim, Ivan Petrovich, Pope, Shang-Chi, Shanna, Rosalind Sharpe, Shotgun, Sammy Silke, Sir, Sky-Walker, Eric Slaughter, Starr Saxon, Micah Synn, Torpedo, Turk, Blake Tower, Wildboys, Wolverine

    • 7 page entries:
      • Punisher

    • 1 page entries:
      • Rosalie Carbone, Carbone's Assassins, Castle's War, Nick Fury, Geraci Family, Jigsaw, Microchip, Punisher's Van, Russian, Saracen, Shadowmasters, Martin Soap, Vigil, Vigilante Squad

    • Mini-biographies:
      • Architect, Assassins Guild, Mr. Bumpo, Mitchell Chambers, Clansman, Lucy Crumm, Cloak & Dagger, Damage, Carlos Cruz, Dragunov, Family, A Man Called Frank, Ma Gnucci, Firefox, Mickey Fondozzi, Chester Goudal, Hachiman, Hamilton & Jones, Heathen, Hitman, Hitman Punisher, Humans off Planet, Idiot Punisher, Joan the Mouse, Killpwer, Kriegkopf, Lifeform, Max the Rottweiler, Medallion, Mondo Pain, Lynn Michaels, Moon Knight, Hector Montoya, Mortalis, Mortician, Mutant Liberation Front, Olivier, Outlaw, Payback, Phalanx, Ponygirl & Mouse, Ice Phillips, Punisher 2099, Psychoville, Rapido, Revelation, Rev, Roadkill, Sniper, Stone Cold, Spacker Dave, Terror Inc., Thorn, Trust, Molly Von Richtofen, Deke Wainscroft, Wild Rose, Yuppunisher

    • 4 page entries:
      • Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider/Dan Ketch

    • 3 page entries:
      • Blade, Dracula

    • 2 page entries:
      • Centurious, Doctor Strange, Mephisto, Werewolf By Night

    • 1 page entries:
      • Blackheart, Blackout, The Blood, Brother Voodoo, Darkhold, Deathwatch, Frank Drake, Deacon Frost, Quincy Harker, Anton Hellgate, Hellstrom, Hannibal King, Marie Laveau, Lilith and the Lilin, Morbius, Quentin Carnival, Scarecrow, Varnae, Vengeance

    • Mini-biographies:
      • Asmodeus, Bible John, Roxanne Blaze, Caretaker, Champions, Doctor Sun, Stacy Dolan, Domini, Dwarf, Jennifer Kale, Naomi Kale, Lilith (Dracula's Daughter), Mikado & Mosha, Nightmare, Orb, Max Parrish, Reaper, Shelob, Skinner, Spirits of Vengeance, Reverend Styge, Steel Wind, Suicide, Tryks, Rachel van Helsing, Witch Woman, Zarathos, Zodiak

  • APPENDIX (15 pages)
  • INDEX (3 pages)
  • POWER RATINGS (1 page)

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