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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 115

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at an awesome encounter between Captain America and Baron Blood!


Captain America #254, part of the legendary (well, to me, at least) Roger Stern and John Byrne run of Captain America, was the second part of a sweet crossover that featured Captain America taking on Baron Blood. It also featured the debut of the new Union Jack.

In any event, the issue showed that Captain America was willing to be hardcore if need be, in a scene that Stern and Byrne just absolutely nail, especially how much drama they get from a deed done off-panel (and that, of course, is “the” moment for the scene)…


how would ultimate cap have handled this? the remorse i mean, no doubt he’d have killed blood as well.

Or better yet, how would Batman have handled it? Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis? I think pre-crisis Batman from the year this story took place in 1981 would have killed him if he absolutely had to. Modern Batman, I’m not so sure. Seems like nothing can drive modern day Batman to kill, no matter whose life is at stake. He even saw Wonder Woman killing Max Lord as unforgiveable when she was totally behind the 8 ball.

Man, this was one of my favorite comics as a kid. You really feel how hard of a decision this is for Cap.

Definitely a classic run, and the “moment” is a highly memorable one. Stern and Byrne made a great creative team. This was probably the best Cap run since the Englehart issues a couple of years earlier. Byrne’s Baron Blood creeped the heck out of me as a kid. Union Jack III has remained an active player in the MU, so his intro here is worthwhile and still relevant.

Even the ending with Sir Monty (Blood’s brother and the original Union Jack) Falsworth’s fate is very sad and bittersweet, probably my second favorite scene in this issue after Cap puts an end to Blood for good.

Definitely a must include moment in the Year of Cool Moments. Still probably my favorite Cap story, and it started my life long love of the Union Jack/Spitfire corner fo the Marvel U (as well as the Brit heros in general). It is all is still ridiculously relevant in the Captain Britain book today. So this one holds up very well.

Nice post, Brian!

I have one question: I’ve remember reading a particular Batman story where he faced off with a Vampire too in a certain haunted mansion. Only this time Bats finished him off by plunging a wooden stake through the vampire’s grandfather clock(!) I mean who wrote that particular story?

I know it’s kinda weird, but if anybody knew that story, I’d appreciate your input. It was published sometime in the early eighties. It might even be a candidate for cool moment too =D.

Thanks again!

The Batman vampire story from 1982 is by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan. It ran in Detective 515-517 and Batman 349-351. I don’t remember anything about a grandfather clock but it’s been a while since I read them.

The story where the vampire transplants his heart into a grandfather clock was a one-shot drawn by Mike Grell. I don’t remember who wrote it, but it was pretty stoopid.

I was wondering when this scene would show up, it’s a good one.


I recall the first Post-crisis Action Comics Annual (written by Byrne and featuring Superman and Batman) had Batman kill a vampire with a stake through the heart. As I recall, he was quite cold and matter-of-fact about it. It was also probably a case of kill-or-be-killed (specifically, I think Superman was about to be killed) but I don’t think there was much remorse expressed about it by anyone (I may be wrong, I haven’t looked at that issue in a long time).

I was waiting for this moment. Awesome.

The story about the vampire and the grandfather clock was an issue of Detective Comics in the mid-70’s (75 or 76) written by Ellliot S! Maggin. Batman battles a vampire is an old gothic mansion. Batman slams a stake thru the vampire’s heart except the vampire just laughs at him. Seems his heart is not in the right place. Bats gets knocked about a bit until he realizes the grandfather clock is ticking in the rythm of a heart beat. Stake thru the clock and down goes the vampire. Silly stuff, really, but some cool early Grell art.

loved how that moment showed cap struggling with his morales over what had to be done to stop blood. and then having to take him out that way not to mention seeing someone else under the union jack mask. one of the things i loved about that run of cap

“but I don’t think there was much remorse expressed about it by anyone”

Why would anyone express remorse over “killing” a vampire?

Citizen Scribbler

April 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Yeah, vampires are the undead. They’ve already lived their life, and can only remain in their active state by killing people. There shouldn’t be too much cause for remorse over eliminating one, not that I don’t feel pity for poor, tortured Catiff from a couple of stories in Superman and the Justice League from the 80s. But a Nazi Vampire? I think you’re pretty obligated to destroy something like that on sight if you can.

-Citizen Scribbler

I think that it speaks volumes about Cap’s integrity that he feels remorse even for killing a nazi vampire.


@yep and Citizen Scribbler:
Buffy impaling Angel was practically written in remorse code.

The story about the vampire and the grandfather clock was Detective Comics 455 I think, I remember it was Grell art too

The issue before that (part one) is also one of my all-time favourite comic-book covers. See both of them here:

Also, y’know, he didn’t JUST have to kill the vampire. He had to cut off the dude’s head with the flag shield. Probably not something he really wants to ever do.

Great inclusion! I loved that issue. Does anyone know if this run was collected in a trade?

Incidentally, when I was a little kid, I bought the back issues of the Marvel Handbook Book of the Dead, which included this scene. For some reason, I was fascinated with comic-book death scenes–probably because they were so abnormal in a world where heroes and villains could survive getting shot with lasers or falling off a skyscraper. Anyhow, that’s how I first heard of Baron Blood and this amazing issue.

In case you were wondering.

This run has been collected many times as a trade.
I’m not a big Captain America fan, but I really enjoyed this run.
I found the book available on amazon.com

That was my first Cap comic book.

I loved it.

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