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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 305

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!

Back to Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier!!

This scene shows Ted Grant (Wildcat) boxing against a younger boxer, presumably meant to be Cassius Clay (who would be about 18 at the time of New Frontier), and showing young Clay putting quite a beating on the champ.

However, this is a guy who is a member of the freakin’ Justice Society of America, so he is not going to go down this easily!

Such a beautifully choreographed scene by Cooke!


saw this movee on hbo last night but they cut this scene
btw freaking awsome :)

This is one of the best scenes in one of the best DC comics of all time, but one thing sits uneasily with me every time I read it (of course it does – I wouldn’t be a comics fan on the internet otherwise). In a story that spends a fair amount of time on the civil rights struggles of the ’60s, it just seems weird to have the unbeatable Cassius Clay lose to an old white guy.

On the other hand, it’s a neat way of establishing what a badass Ted Grant is; I’m certain a class act like Cooke never intended the scene to be any sort of knock on Ali; and, man, it’s just an amazingly well done sequence in a brilliant comic.


This is one of my absolute favorite scenes in this, possibly any comic. In New Frontier, it’s second only to the climax of the Losers story.

loved this scene in the whole book for wild cat proved he may not be a young pup in the sport but never count an old dog out as he managed to pull it off. too bad the animated version realy was hard to do the story justice with scenes like this

As a boxing fan, this is one of my single favorite moments in comics. That said, my one complaint is that I have trouble believing that Ali, Clay at the time, would go down that easily. What set Ali apart from others was the fact that he was stupidly stubborn, and had a chin that was second to none. Both Liston and Foreman were supposed to kill Ali, and with Foreman that is not an exageration as there were legitimate fears about his life going into the Rumble in the Jungle.

All that said, this was a young Ali, so I guess I can forgive it.


@Rohan: I’d go so far as to say the entire point was “Look how kickass Wildcat is! He can even beat Muhammad FREAKIN’ Ali!”

I always wonder about stories that show Ted Grant still putting people away later and later in life. In continuity, this is a guy who was on track to be heavyweight champion of the world in 1942. Setting aside the “nine-lives” thing Grant Morrison gave him, that means he’s in his late 30s or maybe even 40 here when he’s fighting 18-year-old Clay.
And that’s ignoring the fact that he’s still around today, running a gym and sparring with guys who are anywhere from 30 to 60 years younger than he is…

Magnificent! Simply magnificent!

Boxing is such an awesome sport. Too bad every major boxer nowadays is the antithesis of such class acts like Foreman, Frazier, and Ali (well, maybe Ali wasn’t as classy per se, but he was extremely smart and funny and just an interesting person all around).

@Paul1963; Remember, George Foreman became world heavyweight champion in 1994, at the age of 45, so it’s not impossible. Especially since this is Wildcat we’re talking about!

100% magnificent. And the sublime NF moments continue…

Simply awesome, I understand why they cut it from the movie, but its absence is sorely felt.

Doesn’t quite work for me. It’s ok, but nothing special.

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