Retro Blade was originally a rod puppet created by Andre Toulon in Paris, France during the early 1900's. The puppet was to be used for a famous puppet show about six damned mortals who are trapped in Hell. Valentin, a French puppeteer did the voice for him on stage. When the Egyptian sorcerer Afzel passed the secret of life onto Toulon, he was pursued by three of Sutekh's Mummy Servants who wanted to steal it back from him. They killed all of Toulon's friends and he avenged them by putting their souls into the puppets and bringing them to life. Retro Blade had small daggers for fingers and used them to help fight the mummies. His soul was of Valentin, who was always known as having skilled hands and this trait carried on as he helped by making a special scar with his daggers on Toulon's arm, which was a protection symbol to ward off the mummies.
Many years later, during the second World War, Toulon built another puppet called Blade, this one was based on the evil Major Kraus who had murdered his wife Elsa. The name Blade may have been a homage to his original puppet.