Baritsu in Denny O’Neil’s “Sherlock Holmes” Comic Book Adaptation (1975)

Famed comics writer/editor Denny O’Neil offers his take on the famous “baritsu” fight between Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty in these scenes from O’Neil’s Sherlock Holmes #1 (1975).

At the end of the first chapter, Holmes encounters Moriarty at the brink of the Reichenbach Falls in the Swiss Alps.  Both men appear certain to plunge into the roiling abyss …

… and, indeed, that is what Holmes’ boon companion, John Watson, deduces to have happened when he examines the scene.  However, as Holmes later explains:

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