Has there ever been a worse name for a comic book protagonist than Jack Russell? It's like whoever came up with it was determined to hobble the comic's credibility from the moment you opened it.
But Werewolf by Night is a curious case. As with Superman, my memory has always been of not finding his adventures overly gripping but, as with Superman, that didn't stop me buying his comic whenever I stumbled across it.
So, let's see just what issues I had - and if I can recall anything whatsoever about what happened inside any of them...
All I remember of the contents of this one is that Jack Russell might have been in a dungeon, in chains and there may have been a man in a fez involved.
Sadly, that man was neither Tommy Cooper nor Matt Smith.
Either way, it doesn't matter. What matters is it had a great cover by the redoubtable Mike Ploog.
Dracula vs the Werewolf!
What I know about it is the story concluded in Drac's own mag.
Or did it start in Drac's mag and end in this one? Either way, I had both issues, so it doesn't matter.
My main memory of this is sitting in the raised restaurant of Sheffield's indoor Sheaf Market, reading it while eating a sausage with the plastic knives and forks they used to give you.
Sheaf Market was a magical place. Not only did it have a comic stall, and a raised restaurant from which you could look down at all the shoppers below but it had birds living in the girders that held the ceiling up. Granted, the birds weren't supposed to be there but clearly no one had ever told them that.
I have absolutely no recollection at all of what happened inside this comic. But I do know I always loved that Gil Kane and John Romita cover. To be honest, every time I see it, I just want to start tearing iron bars from the wall.
If only I had any iron bars on the wall.
Dr Glitternight does sound like the name of a terrible late 1970s pub rock band but who cares? Just dig that cover and marvel at the work Kane had to put into drawing each of those flying beasties.
It's good to see Conan's Cowering Blonde was getting lots of work and found her way onto this cover too.
I don't want to give the impression that this post's been a total wash-out but I've no memory of what happens in this one either.
But I think we can conclude from all this that the main appeal of Werewolf by Night for me had more to do with the covers than with the actual contents.
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