A Year of Cool Comics - Day 165

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at a inter-company crossover that sets the bar pretty high for all other inter-company crossover, John Byrne's brilliant Batman & Captain America...


Byrne's first clever idea was to have the whole thing set in 1945, only in the continuity that existed for each character as of 1945.

After that, Byrne just filled the book with cool moment after cool moment, from the first meeting of the two icons...

Byrne does a nice spin on the whole "heroes fight due to mistaken identity." Here, while Cap and Batman are best buds, Cap is there on a secret mission and as Steve Rogers, he encounters his prime suspect, millionaire Bruce Wayne. So the heroes fight in their secret identities!

In another (of many) great bits, Byrne has the heroes split up, with their respective sidekicks SWITCHED! Robin and Cap...

and Bucky and Batman...

Finally, here's an awesome moment between the two villains of the issue, the Joker and the Red Skull...

So awesome.

Byrne's story is fun and engaging and filled with great details and action. His art is stunning, with seemingly every other page filled with a sweeping piece of dramatic awesomeness.

There is a whole lot of other cool scenes, but you should go buy the collection (I believe it was collected in one of those Marvel/DC Crossover Classics trades, Volume 2 if I remember correctly) and read it yourself! The epilogue alone is practically worth the price of admission!

If only all inter-company crossovers could be as clever and as fun as this one!

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