Thursday, 26 March 2020

Giant Size Werewolf By Night #2 (Marvel/1974)

Giant Size Werwolf By Night #2

Doug Moench (w) Don Perlin (a)

From the Bronze Age of comics comes this short-lived "Giant Size" comic from Marvel featuring not just their version of a Werewolf but guest starring The Frankenstein Monster. With the relaxation of the censorious Comic Code Authority Marvel was able to publish horror comics and produced more than a few memorable series.

Along with The Werewolf, Dracula, and The Mummy were introduced into the Marvel Universe along with new creations such as Son of Satan and Satanna, the Devil's Daughter. Although the boom eventually petered out Marvel did produce a lot of good horror comics including some excellent if short lived balack & white magazines to compete with Warren, publishers of Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.

In this double sized story the Frankenstein creature thinks he's found a way to become more human as his paths cross with not just Jack Russell but a Millionaire Satanist Danton Vayla leader of the Brotherhood of Baal. Of course all the coincidences involving the involvement of Jack's sister and the random wanderings of a monster could only happen in a comic book, but this is a tale not just worth telling but reading.

Despite his desires and longings old Franky does right by Jack in the end saving his life from the sacrifice that would bring Satan to earth and a mansion ends up burning with the cult in ruins and it's leader dead.

The day is saved but two souls, the monster and the werewolf continue to suffer in a world without answers.


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