Marvel Madness: Jan 29, 2018 – Werewolf By Night #1 (1972)

With a wild week, we bring you our  MU pick. Eric brought to us Werewolf By Night #1 (1972)

Writer Gerry Conway
Art and Cover Mike Ploog
Inkers Frank Chiaramonte
Letterers John Costanza
Editors Roy Thomas

Jack Russell, A.K.A. the Werewolf by Night, befriends Buck Cowan. But can Jack save his new friend and his sister Lissa from the stone-cold stare of Marlene Blackgar?

Synopsis for “Eye of the Beholder”
Due to the actions of a mutant gorgon named Marlene Blackgar, the Werewolf has been turned into solid stone. However, as the sun rises, he transforms back into flesh and blood (as well as back into Jack Russell).

Buck Cowan finds Jack on the beach, and brings him back to his house. Jack tells Buck that he still possesses the Darkhold. As the two talk, Jack receives a frantic telephone call from Lissa. She arranges to meet up with him at Buck’s place. Little does Jack realize that Marlene is forcing Lissa to set Jack up. She wants to regain the dark grimoire for herself.

Marlene, Strug and her invalid father, Miles, find Jack and manage to capture him. Jack succeeds in escaping just as the moon begins to rise. He races away from the Blackgar home, leaving Buck and Lissa still captive.

Turning into the werewolf, he circles back and enters the castle. He engages in a brutal struggle with Strug, and Marlene fires her gun at both of them. Stug takes the fatal hit and falls over dead.

Facing Jack, Marlene removes her sunglasses intent on turning him back into stone. The werewolf lunges out of the way, and Marlene accidentally catches her own reflection in a wall-mounted mirror. Both her father and she are instantly turned to stone.

Buck Cowan takes possession of the “statues” and donates them to the Santa Monica Art Museum.

  • Notes
    This issue was reprinted in Essential Werewolf by Night, Volume 1.
    Inker Frank Chiaramonte is credited as “Frank Monte” in this issue.
    This issue takes place over the course of two days (the second and third nights of the full moon).
    Jack Russell appeared last in Marvel Spotlight #4.
    Buck Cowan appeared last in Marvel Spotlight #4.
    Lissa Russell appeared last in Marvel Spotlight #4.
    Final appearances for Marlene Blackgar (turned to stone in this issue); Miles Blackgar (turned to stone in this issue); Strug (dies in this issue)

Solicit Synopsis:

Marvel’s newest, weirdest sensation yet! Man into wolf – at midnight! Far out!


  • The tagline for this issue is “Full Moon Rise — Werewolf Kill!”
  • Fictional mascot Irving Forbush is credited as “stone-cutter” in this issue.

Source: Marvel Database, Marvel