Balladeer’s Blog’s month-long celebration of Halloween continues with this look at pop culture mammoth Marvel Comics’ long(ish) running horror series Werewolf by Night.
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT Vol 1 #1 (September 1972)
Title: Eye of the Beholder
Villains: Marlene Blackgar, whose horrible gaze turns people to stone, and her monstrous creation Strug
Comment: After a few issue tryout in Marvel Spotlight, 18 year old Jack Russell (really Russoff), the titular character, got his own title. He was the son of a European nobleman and the latest inheritor of the family’s curse of lycanthropy. A curse he sought a cure for.
His adventures were often like a comic book version of Paul Naschy’s Waldemar Daninsky werewolf movies from Spain.
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT Vol 1 #2 (November 1972)
Title: The Hunter and the Hunted
Villain: Mark Cephalos, a dying inventor wanting to steal the werewolf’s life-force.
Comment: The werewolf battles surfers, police, a shark and the aforementioned mad inventor while Jack’s girlfriend Terri (no last name ever given since she wasn’t around long) helps him seek a cure for the family curse. Continue reading