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Ra’s al Ghul vs Deathstroke 

The Leader of the League of Assassins vs The World’s Greatest Assassins. These two have a very similar list of abilities and it should be interesting to see how it goes. A really big thanks to mar0w4k for giving me the idea for this fight. If you have an Idea for any future fights or for something I should draw let me know, PLEASE!!!

Ra’s al Ghul

Name: Ra’s al Ghul, The Demon’s Head

Height: 6’ 4"

Weight: 215 lbs (98 kg)

Powers, abilities, and weapons

Due to his expanded life span, Ra’s has accumulated a vast knowledge of hand-to-hand combat, chemistry, detective artistry, physics, and martial arts. He has also gained many international contacts and a vast fortune, gained over centuries. When in combat, he favors more ancient weaponry. These weapons include scimitars, katanas, bolas, throwing stars, smoke pellets, and miniaturized explosives. Ra’s is also assisted by his devoted, musclebound servant Ubu.

Ra’s’ greatest tools are his Lazarus Pits, which will heal him of any injury while restoring him back to his prime of life. His constant exposure to the pits has granted him slightly enhanced endurance, strength, and healing but also comes with the price of a gradual onset of insanity if overused.

Deathstroke

Real Name: Slade Joseph Wilson

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)

Powers and abilities

Deathstroke possesses various enhanced abilities granted by the experimental serum, which are stated to be well beyond those of an average human. According to several character bios, his physical attributes border on superhuman. These include having the strength of ten men, and possessing heightened speed, stamina, endurance and reflexes. His enhancements made it possible for him to press about 1 ton. He has the capacity to use up to 9 times the brain power of an average person at one time, making him a tactical genius, adept at turning his opponents’ own abilities against them; this can also be attributed to his years in the military and combat with various heroes. Deathstroke also possesses a healing factor in his blood that enables him to recover from physical injury much faster than a normal person; however, it does have limitations, as it could not heal his missing eye and cannot regenerate entire limbs. This enables him to recover from what would otherwise be fatal injuries, though recovering from such injuries renders him insane and animalistic for a short period. Deathstroke is also a formidable martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant. He proved himself to be one of the best fighters in the United States Army and, through his martial arts training, he would later be highly skilled in Boxing, Karate, Jujitsu and Ninjutsu. In addition, he has demonstrated multilingualism, being able to speak various languages such as Russian, Japanese, and Korean.

Green Arrow Vol. 4 #66 claims that an assassin known as Natas taught Deathstroke “almost everything he knows”. Deathstroke is also skilled in the use of various weapons, including swords and firearms, which are among his current weapons of choice. His signature weapon is a power staff that fires lethal and non-lethal energy blasts from both ends. In some more realism-focused versions of Deathstroke, his staff fires bullets and miniature cannonball-like pellets instead of energy blasts. His staff can bend and stretch to include both of his martial art forms. He is also seen with a wide array of swords, including giant broadswords and katana swords. Typically in combat, he will only use his staff as a last resort, after his other weapons are rendered useless. His body armor is composed of a mesh-woven, kevlar, chainlink mail, capable of stopping small arms fire. Most of the metal he wears and uses is Promethium, the volatile variety which he’s immune to thanks to his physical prowess. However, in the New 52, he wears a full suit composed of Nth metal. This armor allows him to absorb blows from some of the mightiest DC beings, as evidenced by it being able to absorb numerous blows from Lobo, although it could not withstand the power of Mazahs.

Winner

These two fighters are very similar as far as the abilities they have. However, if you notice Deathstroke is better at each skill. Ra’s al Ghul has endurance, strength, and healing but Deathstroke has more endurance, is stronger, and can heal much faster as he does not need to wait for someone to take him to a Lazarus Pits. Ra’s al Ghul is a great fighter but Deathstroke is one of the greatest fighters. Deathstroke does not have to make Ra’s stay dead but killing him would take him out of the fight long enough that one could easily say Deathstroke won the fight. Deathstroke also has armor that could take almost anything Ra’s al Ghul could throw at him. It’s no wonder Deathstroke has 498,415 points in this fight compared to Ra’s’ 117,940 score giving Ra’s a 11.831506% chance of winnig

X-Men in the Savage Land commission by John Byrne. 2015.

As I suspected, this commission was for John’s art dealer, Jim Warden and his son Matt. Jim had this to say at John’s forum. 

Matt and I visited JB this past August and were discussing our next commission.  I knew JB had the “Dinosaur Stampede” X-Men illustration in the back of his mind for several years and Matt loves dinosaurs, so this seemed like a perfect choice for a commission!

We gave JB total Carte Blanche and the finished illustration blows away any vision I had in my mind of how it would look!  I had the pleasure of seeing this beauty in progress (and nearly completed) this past Saturday when several friends and I visited JB.  I spent a good deal of time marveling at the details and can’t wait to see the finished version when Matt and I make our next trip to JB’s to pick up the original.  

I was planning on waiting until our visit before letting Matt see the completed commission, but today is his 16th birthday!  JB’s timing in the posting this piece was so perfect, I think I will let Matt see it in advance!!

As always, many thanks to JB for the wonderful artwork!!!