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Comic Book Alphabet of Vampires – J

Again, coinciding with First Second Books’ Vampire Month, here’s the next in our alphabet of comic book vampires!

Enjoy!

John Falsworth (Baron Blood)

Baron Blood was John Falsworth, the brother of James Falsworth, the original Union Jack.

He fought against his brother and also attacked his niece.

In the fight, James was crippled and Blood bit his niece Jacqueline. However, due to a transfusion from the Human Torch, Jacqueline not only lived, but became the superhero, Spitfire.

James passed the torch on to his son, Brian Falsworth.

Brian and the Invaders met up with Baron Blood later on.

However, the most notable Baron Blood story by FAR was during Roger Stern and John Byrne’s Captain America run, where they had the Union Jack name pass on once again, but also had Baron Blood (who kept getting killed) return again in the present, with some notable consequences…

First, there was this awesome cliffhanger…

And then, in probably the coolest use of the chain mail yet, this happens…

And finally, in one of the hardcore Captain America scenes…

Well done by Stern and Byrne! How come no one has written an Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby essay for that run? It was awesome!

Baron Blood is awesome, too.

9 Comments

I’m proud to say I’ve got copies of the two Stern & Byrne issues with Baron Blood. I was shocked to find them in such good condition for $1 each.

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 29, 2008 at 3:25 am

“My name is Alphabet, king of kings.”
“Look upon my letters, ye mighty, and despair.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

SanctumSanctorumComix

May 29, 2008 at 6:52 am

There was a LATER “Baron Blood” who can still be used for this list:

VIC STRANGE
The younger brother of DR. STEPHEN STRANGE.

Yeah, back when he was still a rich, arrogant surgeon, Doc was sorta responsible for Vic’s death, and placed him in a cryogenic container to possibly heal him later.

Years passed, and Doc became a sorcerer, and one day Doc cast a spell that turned Vic into a Vampire (an accident).

Long story short, Vic took up the name and costume of Baron Blood and did the anti-hero thing for awhile.
Until he crossed the line, started attacking innocents, and Doc had to put him down (while in the body of Wong*).

*Due to the events of Infinity Crusade, Doc’s body was otherwise occupied at the time.

Anyway, there’s a “V” or an “S” if you need one.

~P~
P-TOR

And even ONE MORE Baron Blood: Kenneth Creighton, son of Spitfire, grandnephew of the original Baron and grandson of the original Union Jack.

That scene where the Baron tries to put the bite on Cap always made me laugh. The dude’s right there, has his hands on Cap, his eyes are like an inch away — and he can’t tell that the shirt is made of chainmail until he bites into it? Wha?

Hey, he’s part bat, give the guy a break, his eyes are probably not up to much.

I’m pretty sure the line “Miss America! Do you see any sign yet of that Nazi Vampire?” is one of the reasons why comics are awesome.

Yeah, that’s an awesome line, Teebore. I miss the days when comics occasionally had dialogue on the covers…

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