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Captain America #254 - John Byrne art & cover

John Byrne
Captain America v1 #254, 1981 - Still in England due to Lord Falsworth's request, Captain America continues his search for Baron Blood, newly revived since World War II. After a brief retelling of previous events, John Byrne illustrates the inevitable battle with the royal vampire. An English manor provides a distinctive setting for most of the action. Byrne's artwork is brilliantly executed, from the more mundane scenes (see interior page below) to the clashes with the Baron. The artist's deft pacing leads up to a superb splash toward the end: an inspiring and memorable portrait of the original Union Jack. This is number 10 of 15 Captain America issues with Byrne art and/or covers.
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Byrne cover pencils (Josef Rubinstein inks) = ***
"Blood on the Moors" Byrne story pencils (Josef Rubinstein inks) 17 pages = ****

John Byrne
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