Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saturday Showcase: Baron Blood

 

It's the return of Saturday Showcase.  I do apologize for my absence, but Spectrum went down due the constant rebuilding we face in the state of Louisiana ever since Hurricane Ida crossed or shores.  Anyway, I'm back and it is still the month of October so I wanted my showcase to focus on a hero or villain that could be associated with the holiday of Halloween and I came up with Baron Blood.  He has been a thorn in the Avenger's side ever since his creation in 1976.  Without further hesitation, let us dig in the history of one Baron Blood.

There are several people that have gone by the name Baron Blood, but I want to focus on the one that I was introduced to as a child.  His name is John Falsworth and I, like many, was introduced to him in the 7th issue of the Invaders series from Marvel Comics.

When we first meet John, he is  posing as the son of the first John Falsworth, it is revealed in flashback that the character is in fact the original, made possible due to the fact that he is now an ageless vampire.  You see, when the family fortune is left to his older brother James, John Falsworth leaves England to pursue an interest of his - vampire lore. Falsworth travels to Transylvania and encounters the original vampire lord Dracula, who, after overpowering Falsworth, drains his blood and turns him into one of the undead.  Dracula then commands Falsworth to return to England and cause havoc in revenge for the deeds of his former opponent Jonathan Harker. Adopting the alias of "Baron Blood", John allies with Germany during World War I and without either party realizing the identity of the other, battles his own brother, who is now the English hero Union Jack.  Blood is wounded by Jack with a silver dagger, and flees to recover.

Baron Blood reappears during World War II, and once again aids Germany, with Nazi technology helping him to reduce his susceptibility to sunlight. As Blood, Falsworth attacks and wounds his niece, Jacqueline Falsworth, but is driven off by the android Human Torch. Almost dead due to blood loss, Jacqueline Falsworth is saved when given a blood transfusion by the Torch. The artificial blood causes the character to develop superhuman abilities, and she becomes the heroine Spitfire. Blood captures Spitfire and takes her to a cavern below Falsworth Manor, and cripples his brother by breaking his legs with a boulder. Blood is then impaled through the back and chest by a silver-laced stalactite.  Leaving him dead...for now.

Powers and Abilities

Baron Blood possessed all the powers of a vampire, including superhuman strength and durability; hypnotism and the ability to command bats; wolves; dogs; rats and mice. 

Weaknesses included vulnerability to sunlight, garlic, and silver; the presence of religious symbols; decapitation and a wooden stake through the heart.

Courtesy of Nazi science, Blood received treatment that allowed him activity in sunlight, at least for some length of time, although this also prevented a vampire's traditional shape-changing powers (into a bat or wolf) from working. His transformation into a vampire also somehow activated an apparently latent psionic ability of self-levitation, which enabled Blood to fly without having to change into a bat.

Publication Information

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

First Appearance:  The Invaders #7 (July 1976)

Created by: Roy Thomas & Frank Robbins

Alter Ego: John Falsworth

Species: Vampire

Team Affiliations:  Dracula

                                 Super-Axis

Notable Aliases:     John Falsworth, Jr.

                                 Dr. Jacob Cromwell


I hope you enjoyed today's Saturday Showcase.


Until next time, get your READ on!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Saturday Showcase: Man-Wolf

 

Greetings Comic Lovers,

Tis the season to get our scare on so my Saturday Showcases for the month of October will deal with the "thrilling" side of comics.  For today's post I decided to focus on a classic Spider-Man "villain" who is not utilized enough in the Marvel Universe in my opinion. So, without further delay, I present to you my showcase on the being known as the Man-Wolf.


To understand the plight of the Man-Wolf, you need to understand his beginnings.  You see John Jonah Jameson III is the son of The Daily Bugle's John Jonah Jameson Junior. Jonah is immensely proud of his son, whom he sees as a true hero. I mean his son was an astronaut, however his first mission was almost a failure if it was for being saved by Spider-Man when his craft malfunctioned on re-entry*. Which ticked Jonah off to say the least.  [*ASM #1 Jay]

Fast forward a few years an we find John is on another mission in space, this time on the Moon.  While he was on the Moon, Jameson found the mystical Godstone, an other-dimensional ruby.  The jewel grafted itself to his throat (Later, he eventually made it appear as if it was  a pendant and started wearing it around his neck) and extended tendrils through his body. Moonlight activated the gem, which transformed him into the lycanthropic Man-Wolf.  While in this form, he fought Spider-Man several times and lost.  The ruby was eventually removed by Spider-Man.

Some time after that, the ruby was reattached to Jameson by Morbius the Living Vampire who used the Man-Wolf as a pawn so that Morbius could find a cure for his condition. The Man-Wolf was again defeated by Spider-Man.


John would come to the realization that Spider-Manis not the enemy that his dad made him out to be. In fact he would ask his dad to take it easy on Spidey in the papers. John would also go on to team up with Spider-Man in some situations. Spidey, isn't the only hero that the Man-Wolf has clashed with.  He also had some battles with Hell Cat and the She-Hulk.  Later in life, we find out that John and She-Hulk were dating and all was right in the world...temporarily.  

Eventually, John went back to working for the military, he even had a short stint with the Agents of Wakanda.   We really haven't heard much since then.  I want to know why.  The Man-Wolf could easily be made into a series for Disney and Marvel Studios.  The stories of John on space would be a huge hit and then he could do guest spots on other shows like Moon Knight and dare I say...She-Hulk. Anyway, that is some food for thought.


Publication Information

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

First Appearance:  The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963)

John Jameson Created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko 

Man-Wolf Created by Gerry Conway & Roy Thomas

In-Story Information

Alter Ego:  John Jonah Jameson III

Species: Human (normal form) & Werewolf (the Man-Wolf and the Stargod)

Place of Origin: New York City

Team Affiliations: Agents of Wakanda

                                Symbiote Task Force

Supporting Characters: Spider-Man, Captain America, & She-Hulk

Notable Aliases:  Colonel Jupiter, Man-Wolf, the Stargod, Carnage

Abilities:

Skilled Pilot and Astronaut

Experienced hand-to-hand combatant

Use of various weapons

(As Colonel Jupiter):

Superhuman strength, durability, agility, stamina, jumping and leaping

Enhanced size

(As the Man-Wolf):

Superhuman strength, speed, agility and durability

Enhanced senses

Accelerated healing factor

Large razor-sharp claws and teeth

Lunar empowerment

(As the Stargod):

Vast superhuman strength

High-level durability

Cosmic and telepathic powers

Self-sustenance

Wears scale mail armor

Uses a broadsword, dagger, and longbow and arrows as weapons


Until next time, get your READ on!


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Derf's Picks of the Week (September 29, 2021)

Dark Horse

Children of the Plague One-Shot

Groo Meets Tarzan #3

Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #1

DC Comics

Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1

Batman: Reptilian #4

Deathstroke Inc. #1

Detective Comics #1043

Justice League #68

Legends of the Dark Knight #5

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #5

Strange Adventures #12

Superman '78 #2

IDW

Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle #2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #121

Transformers 2021 Halloween Special #1

Transformers: Shattered Glass #2

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #4

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The Department of Truth #13

Spawn #322

MARVEL

Amazing Fantasy #3

The Amazing Spider-Man #74

Darkhold: Alpha #1

Extreme Carnage: Omega #1

Inferno #1

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #30

Star Wars #17

Thor #17

Wolverine #16

Titan Books

Star Wars Insider #205

Well, that's my list for this week.  

I cannot wait to see what October has to offer.

Until next time, get your READ on!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Official Teaser Trailer)

 

Derf's Picks of the Week (8/25/21)


 It's hard to believe this is the last New Comic Book Day for August 2021.

Let's look at what's good in the neighborhood.  

DC COMICS

Action Comics #1034

Batman: Reptilian #3

Batman / Superman #21

Detective Comics #1042

Harley Quinn #6

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #4

Superman '78 #1

Superman Vs. Lobo #1

IDW

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #120

Transformers: Beast Wars #7

Transformers: Shattered Glass #1

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellows Conspiracy #3

IMAGE

The Department of Truth #12

Echolands #1

King Spawn #1

M.O.M: Mother of Madness #2

Syphon #2

Vinyl #3

MARVEL

Alien #6

Amazing Fantasy #2

The Amazing Spider-Man #72

The Avengers Annual #1

Black Widow #10

Cable: Reloaded #1

Extreme Carnage: Riot #1

Non-Stop Spider-Man #4

Star Wars: Darth Vader #15

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #13

Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #2

Thor #16

Wolverine #15

VALIANT

Ninjak #2

Looks like I have a lot of reading to do.

Until next time, get your READ on!