Friday Night Fights: Batroc the Leap Day!

As I’m sure you’ll notice if you check your calendar, it’s February 29th, a day that only comes around once every four years. Needless to say, this is an occasion that even the Cosmic Powers of Ass-Kickery must pause to celebrate.

And really, there’s only one way to celebrate both Leap Day and fighting…









Joyeaux Leap Day, Mes Amis!


L’histoire entière du combat de Batroc avec Captain America peut être trouvée dans Captain America # 303, par Mike Carlin et Paul Neary.

18 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights: Batroc the Leap Day!

  1. Cap is so polite — even when he’s getting a facekick from, well, Batroc.

    Really, you’d think he was Canadian.

  2. Sacrebleu! Grammatically correct French in a comic, somebody should warn Chris Claremont!

    (Seriously, have you read the latest New Exiles?)

  3. When I was a kid, Batroc the Leaper was my super fav’ritest villain ever – I just genuinely thought he was cool, for some reason. I was a mark for all the Marvel throwaway villains (your Trapsters, your Stiltmen), but Batroc – MAN!

    I am now going to be happy all day.

  4. Jeez, I did this same issue too. I guess it was too obvious.

    Charlie, you’ll be glad to know Cap recovered.

  5. It should come as no surprise to anyone that three years of High School French have only paid off for me in my ability to discuss Batroc.

  6. Huh, and 4 years of Spanish have only paid off for me in my ability to discuss El Santo y Mil Mascaras

  7. Seriously, your french is better than 99% of what is usually seen in comics.

    Why is it so hard to call someone french to backtranslate? I’ll never understand…

  8. Story behind this fight, as I remember it: Cap’s shield was stolen and Batroc was employed by the guy who did it. Zartan and Machete had bet big bucks that Batroc could never beat Cap. Batroc refused to tell Cap who had his shield (mercenary’s code of honor or somesuch)until Cap said: “tell me, and I give you one free shot, as hard as you like.”

    Batroc took the deal. Unfortunately for him, Cap got up….

  9. When I looked at the panel of Batroc doing his flying kick at Captain America, my immediate thought was “just Shoryuken him, Cap!”

    I have been playing too much Dreamcast this weekend.

  10. Prior to this issue, “Batroc’s Brigade” was a rotating cast of clods who followed everyone’s favorite Gallic Head-Kicker. This issue was the first appearance of the now-fixed roster of Batroc, Zaran, and Machete.

    It’s a brilliant roster. Aside from matched power levels (all three are tough-guy asskickers with gimmicks), they provide a smorgasbord of hilarious comic-book accents. Batroc’s excruciating franglais, coupled with Machete’s “high school Spanish” Latin accent and Zaran’s “high school drama club” English accent?

    Hells to the yeah!