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1381: Marvel Spotlight #2 (v1)

" Night of Full Moon -- Night of Fear! "
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Marvel Spotlight #2 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Neal Adams, Tom Palmer
Writers: Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Mike Ploog
Inkers: Mike Ploog
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1972
Release Date: September 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 27
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 278                 Times Rated: 179
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Young Jack Russell just turned 18 bringing forth a werewolf menace to the streets of Los Angeles.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Werewolf by Night
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Werewolf by Night in the mainstream continuity. Werewolf by Night next appears in Marvel Spotlight #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Lissa Russell
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lissa Russell in the mainstream continuity. Lissa Russell next appears in Marvel Spotlight #3 (v1).
  Philip Russell
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Philip Russell in the mainstream continuity. Philip Russell next appears in Marvel Spotlight #3 (v1).
  Gregory Russoff
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Gregory Russoff in the mainstream continuity. Gregory Russoff next appears in Werewolf by Night #2 (v1). This is a flashback appearance.
  Laura Russell
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Laura Russell in the mainstream continuity. Laura Russell next appears in Tomb of Dracula #18 (v1). Dies in this issue.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Terri in the mainstream continuity. Terri next appears in Werewolf by Night #2 (v1).
  Dr. Allen
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Dr. Allen in the mainstream continuity.
  Maxwell Grant
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Maxwell Grant in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Darkhold next appears in Marvel Spotlight #4 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 18, 2015
The origin story. It's moody and enjoyable, but the story has gaps in logic that are annoying. 5/10
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  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-24 14:32:49  
  Good story all thought the drawings are not the best  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-10-11 23:40:05  
  Not bad at all.

Also, the Venus back up story, while not part of the Order, showed Bill Everett to be pretty darn good comic artist.

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-06 13:52:49  
  The first of Marvel's monsters after the easing of the Comics Code ban on werewolves, vampires, etc. The story is nicely done and the art is passable-Ploog will improve a lot. Compared to today's comics, the fact that the 'hero' outright killed people was shocking back in the day.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-03-21 09:29:52  
  The werewolf is some kind of Hulk, but with more hairs. Meh. Otherwise, the story is not that bad.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-01-31 05:39:18  
  Actually much better than I anticipated. This is a prime example of why you don't make promises you have no intention of keeping... But this will make the story that much more interesting.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-10 20:22:38  
  I enjoyed this except for that cop-out ending with the mom's dying wish. Solid issue.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-17 17:49:14  
  I liked the story, of course it drawn comparison to the Hulk, but Jack seems to be more aware of what's going on, and obviously isn't very powerful. How can you get youra**kicked by a guy because he's strong? You're a freaking werewolf.
Art was decent, but I can't say I'm a fan of the werewolf design...it often look more like an ape.
Let's see where it goes from here. Does every story end up having to be a month after the last?

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-11-20 14:34:37  
  I had the Power Records version (record and comic) of this as a kid, which used pretty much the first half of this story (at least until after Jack's mother tells him of the curse), including Ploog's artwork. The opening page was the same, showing the werewolf holding his dead victim in his hands... For kids!!

I never read the original until now. I hadn't realized how similar the record was to the original. You can find it on YouTube if you're interested.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-02 20:20:54  
  3 stars for the 1st app of Jack Russell. A Werewolf by Night, but a Mild Mannered Teenager by Day!!!

Cover Me - I love the look of blonde at the park. Like she's thinking "Oh, great! Another werewolf panhandler!"...

Credit Due - I love Mike Ploog's pencils! It definitely has a 70's vibe to it!!

One Liners - So, when the werewolf jumps in the ocean. I guess it technically makes him a...Sea Wolf!!!

?Question? - What does "cursed a blackened red" mean?? (p26,p2)

'Nuff Said - "Brother of the forest--now I destroy you!"-Werewolf

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2016-06-18 00:25:48  
  I actually really, really liked this. Conway's normally ponderous writing suits this story pretty well, and while the art isn't mind blowing it is suitably moody and works quite well. I can already the points where the series is likely to creak in the long term, but right now it's genuinely nice to see something a bit different.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-10 19:57:45  
  You'd think that, knowing your child could turn into a werewolf, you would do something to prepare them. Like giving them a room with a really thick door and no windows. You know, protect them from the whole waking up and realising that they've been on a murderous rampage thing. What does Marvel have against good parenting skills?  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-04 16:53:27  
  Girls, if you think your boyfriend or husband is a real dog....

All kidding aside, the story was actually pretty good. I liked Ploog's artwork, but I wonder if the CCA still prevented him from making the werewolf look like a real wolf; I agree with the other commenters that he seemed more like a smaller, hairier Hulk. The story premise still holds up well; it seems tamer by today's standards but probably scared a few younger readers back when it was first published.

A couple of side notes....

- I liked the Venus backup story too. Bill Everett's pencils and inks were just downright gorgeous and smooth.

- Marvel Spotlight #1 featured the debut of a different Red Wolf from Avengers #80-81. This Red Wolf, Johnny Wakely instead of William Talltrees, would only see a few appearances for Marvel. What really struck me about the story was that it was scripted by comics uber-legend Gardner Fox. Was this his first work for Marvel/Timely/Atlas?

4 stars. Very different, and great groundwork laid for this series. Hey, does anyone think it was no accident that the main character's name came from a popular breed of dog?

  Russ @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2017-03-04 16:58:25  
  "Cursed a blackened red".....my guess, blood money, since he paid to have his wife killed.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2017-04-11 01:29:15  
  The guys name is Jack Russell and he can turn into a dog... makes sense.  

  grayrender @ specialque (original post):    
  2017-10-17 08:11:11  
  That, and thw stupid name, Jack Russel. I mean come on! We get it. He is canine. Stop now.  

  Allencthulhu @ Katryn (original post):    
  2017-10-23 09:58:09  
  *tears in their eyes* "We learned it from Walt! We learned it from Walt!"  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-23 10:02:00  
  I see that I'm not the only one who noticed the similarities between WaN and Hulk. However, Hulk's narration is all third person and WaN's is first person. It also seems that Jack has more control over his werewolf form than Banner has on Hulk.

Art is a bit like unrefined Steranko (especially his Tower of Shadows story) but I'm assured that Ploog gets better.

Story-wise Gerry Conways overheated melodrama seems to work here to carry the dramatic tension through the whole story. It does make for a narration-heavy story but in this case it works.

Three stars.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2017-10-23 20:44:37  
  So that LAPD cop that shot him must have been packing silver bullets. That is one well-prepared policeman.  

  Russ @ gloomyharvester (original post):    
  2017-11-05 19:20:07  
  Never mind that one policeman. I would've loved to sit in on the L.A. city council meeting where they approved the use of silver bullets in their annual budget. Man, I can imagine the tax hikes.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-01-31 15:00:26  
  Fun revenge story. Why does the husband always have to be a murdering jerk. I am a husband, and I have yet to murder anyone.

The Venus feature after Werewolf by Night was not good. It looks like it is a reprint a '50's comic.

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-02-04 19:38:41  
  With Man-Thing previously, now Werewolf By Night, we are getting into the horror heavy phase of the 70s. Always loved the old Hammer films as a kid and this love was fed by the comics of the time.  

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Dear Sirs,

I am not a regular reader of your western main books. However, l bought a copy of RED WOLF because you had been advertising it in your super-hero magazines. I was impressed by the quality of the magazine and was quite happy to see that RED WOLF contained only one story, can Ike the RAWHIDE KID or CREATURES ON THE LOOSE. The multi-story, fifteen cent comic book is very unsatisfactory way to present a story. Given only a few pages, a story can't be as detailed and seems to end before you get involved in it. Please continue RED WOLF! But do not let it become an ordinary, run-of-the-mill western comic-book.

I like the one-story format and feel the RED WOLF could become a new and exciting addition to the Marvel elite (i.e., Cap, Spidey, The Hulk, Conan, etc.) RED WOLF breaks a tradition that he’s kept western books in relative obscurity (meaning the Red Wolf's perspective is much different from most western gunslinger types whose one-sided view makes their book. Parody of a 1950 Western movie, not an over-all view of the interaction of white and Indian civilizations in the ma Civil Wet nineteenth century). So, in conclusion, I repeat, continue RED WOLF!

Mark Bueide, 3 Acorn Lane
Westprot, Conn, 06860

We hope to, Mark, but it's up to you readers! As you can see, we have a new feature to MARVEL SPOTLIGHT this month, and we hope to continue introducing new characters in the mag from time to time in order to give you an opportunity to judge them on a one-short basis. Then, if you dig 'em, chances are they'll get their own mags. If you don't--well, you’re the judges. Who says, this isn't the Marvel Age of dynamic democracy?!

Dear Stan,

I just finished reading my copy of RED WOLF. I found it to, be a very enjoyable comic-book. I usually don't go in for comic, books about westerns, but with RED WOLF it was different. Most people like to associate all Indians with being "Hi-Ho, Scalp 'em". But in this comic-book you made an Indian a hero. Even though Red Wolf neither sides with white men or Indians, he tries to maintain peace between the two. It is nice to read a comic-book where the Indian isn't always discriminated against. The reason I am writing is to let you know Red Wolf in a great comic-book, and I think it should stay around. The background story and artwork were remarkable. My highest regards to the staff.

Julius Johnson, Route 2
Kensington, Ga. 30727

Our thanks for the kind words, Julie, and for giving us a chance to add a line or two in regard to the problems facing the American Indian today. As American citizens, none of us can be very proud about the way our country's original inhabitants have been in the past but there's nothing we can do about that. What we can and must do is to see that those tragic mistakes aren’t repeated, and the best way to achieve that is to start treating our red brothers as such right now. RED WOLF is our own small contribution, but it will take everything all of us can do to even begin to erase the wounds of centuries of cruel treatment which must scar the minds of every American Indian alive. Let's do something about it, huh? Sorry if we seemed to sermonize, but there are some things you amply ant say enough about ‘Nuff said? 'Nuff said..

Dear Stan Lee,

While reading RED WOLF #1, I decided to make a few comments on it. Red Wolf was born an Indian and will always be an Indian. After his real patents died, two white-eyes took him in, which seems to me a one-out-of-a-thousand chance that they would accept him.

The book to me is 50/50. Make the second issue more accurate and cut out the saying that Red Wolf is neither Indian or white. Have Red Wolf protecting his people from white-eyes and renegades. Features black people in your book, because many fought alongside the Indians and many fought against them. Since you are the first to give an Indian character like Red Wolf his own book, I congratulate you.

John Arocho, 1080 Randall Ave
Bronx, N.Y. 10472

We appreciate your comments, Johnny, but we’re not really certain what it is you're upset about. As for Red Wolf being unable to decide whether he wishes to be an Indian or a white, this seems to us a very realistic dilemma. The same sort of problem stiff facer a lot of people today.

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