A free-lance comic book writer is suing the movie studio behind "Blade" for $35 million, saying he created the half-man, half-vampire character played by Wesley Snipes.

Marvin Wolfman filed a lawsuit Thursday against New Line Cinema, Time Warner and Marvel Comics, saying he created the "Blade" character in 1972 and that he never gave the movie studio permission to use it.The writer was free-lancing for Marvel at the time and Wolfman says the company never filed a copyright on his behalf.

"Blade" stars Snipes as the avenging anti-hero and features Stephen Dorff as vampire ringleader Deacon Frost, another character Wolfman says he created.