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1666: Werewolf by Night #6 (v1)

" Carnival of Fear "
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Werewolf by Night #6 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Mike Ploog
Writers: Len Wein
Pencilers: Mike Ploog
Inkers: Frank Bolle
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: June 1973
Release Date: March 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 204                 Times Rated: 139
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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It should come as no surprise that the Werewolf would be hunted, but on this night the local thugs are the least of his concern as a mystic force watches and plots. Meanwhile, the presence of the Werewolf could not go unnoticed for long and the local authorities have begun to catch wind.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Werewolf by Night
Werewolf by Night last appeared in Werewolf by Night #5 (v1). Werewolf by Night next appears in Werewolf by Night #7 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Buck Cowan
Buck Cowan last appeared in Werewolf by Night #2 (v1). Buck Cowan next appears in Werewolf by Night #7 (v1).
  Lissa Russell
Lissa Russell last appeared in Werewolf by Night #5 (v1). Lissa Russell next appears in Werewolf by Night #7 (v1).
  Lou Hackett
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lou Hackett in the mainstream continuity. Lou Hackett next appears in Werewolf by Night #8 (v1).
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Truckers in the mainstream continuity. Truckers next appears in Marvel Comics Presents #55b (v1).
Los Angeles Police Dept.
Los Angeles Police Dept. last appeared in Werewolf by Night #3 (v1). Los Angeles Police Dept. next appears in Werewolf by Night #8 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 17, 2013
Strong story, interesting guest characters, great cliff-hanger. The characters of the reporter and the sister are starting to seem superfluous to the series. 7/10
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  bigkat5582 Says:    
  2013-04-03 13:47:09  
  Just looked at the title grid. How did they put out 43 of these?  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-15 17:26:27  
  I like Wein on this.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-03-23 09:13:17  
  Does it make me less of a human being to wish the Werewolf to murder the impudent midget?  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-05-28 07:01:12  
  None of these motivations make sense. Why capture and display a dangerous killing machine, when you can just glue fur onto a guy like they've been doing for centuries, especially since the patrons think it's fake anyways. And why does Mige hate having him around so much? Is there some Freudian stuff going on with him and the Swami?
Could have been worse, they didn't use the Circus of Crime.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-12-09 06:22:51  
  Okay, these aren't great, but this one is a good example of the charm of Werewolf by Night. It takes one of those early Silver Age story conceits (the circus!) and gives it a creepy, early-70s horror spin. We get introduced to a variety of characters, circus employees and patrons alike, each drawn uniquely and memorably. Check out the guys in the truck stop, or the guy cramming popcorn into his mouth... Everyone has a distinct personality.

Plus, check out the blonde amidst the circus performers with the wings on her head. I'd run away to join the circus too! (Wolf whistle) see what I did there?

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-01-28 17:13:12  
  They missed an opportunity to use the Circus of Crime. That's an improvement, I guess. Overall, not a fan of the wolf-narrative style in this title.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-03-21 19:39:05  
  2 stars for the Werewolf running away from his pack and joining a crappy circus!!!

Cover Me - 50 cents is a good deal to see a werewolf these days!!

Golden Oldie - Swami Rihva...Swanee River...

Stained - So I take it this Bloodstone is not THE Bloodstone?!

Calliope - That carnival barker looks a lot like Stan Lee!!!

Drafty - The Executioner needs to put on some pants!!!

Bite Me - Is that Blacula standing next to the hot chick that GroovyGolem pointed out???

Can Can - @GroovyGolem: Also, how about the showgirl presenting the Werewolf?!!!

'Nuff Said - "Don't worry, Mr. Calliope--you'll live to "bark" again--!"-Mige the Lion Tamer

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-05-02 08:25:46  
  - at first I thought the cover promised Man-on-wolf action and was a little bit ashamed that wasn't a deal breaker for me

  Russ Says:    
  2017-06-11 14:48:56  
  I don't know; not a great story, but it did have that certain subtle horror-flick charm to it. One thing you have to admit: that Swami sure had the cojones to try to corral an actual werewolf to display in the side show! What @duncanm said about the patrons seemed to ring very true to that one guy on pg. 15 pn. 4 who seemed to see zippers on Jack. Where he was looking....nah, I don't think I'll go there.

And yeah, this might've been a good story for the Circus of Crime. They probably hadn't decided if or how these stories fit in the Marvel Universe as of yet.

3 stars. This is one circus that deserves to go to the dogs! Looks like it's well on its way if Mige keeps harassing Jack.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-06-27 06:55:00  
  I don't lament the lack of the Ringmaster, personally. Although his hypnotism thing would have made more sense than gas that suddenly doesn't work when he transforms into the werewolf.  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-08-26 13:21:54  
  Sometimes I just dunno about y'alls comments and ratings. Yeah, this would be a lame story if the whole extent of the Swami's plan was to kidnap Jack into the sideshow. This issue is positively saturated with hints - not subtle ones - that there's more than that going on. Why else would the mysterious "Bloodstone" be introduced?

The lion-tamer's character is likewise more subtle than a cursory glance might reveal. He knows Jack's arrival signals big changes in the carnival's status quo and *that's* what's got him upset.

Len Wein is doing remarkable things with this protagonist. He's neatened up the messy narration considerably - though I admit it can still get confusing - and drawn a very clear line between Jack and the Werewolf. They're two separate characters with very different priorities. When the Werewolf strikes out against Mige, the narration makes it clear that Jack is aghast at the vengeance the Werewolf seeks.

I think this is something new in Marvel: a point-of-view character caught in a bonafide Jekyll and Hyde scenario. The Werewolf isn't just a hairier, angrier version of Jack; he's a flat-out monster Russell cannot control.

Add in some exquisitely detailed illustrations by Mike Ploog - this sideshow is really bread and butter to him - and you have a splendid read that's definitely a cut above average for 1973.

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2017-09-15 06:16:44  
  I never look forward to these issues of this series, but the story was clear at least, and the art was a delight. Every patron and performer at the carnival was totally unique!  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-12-11 11:04:40  
  What's not to like? Evil Carnival that isn't the Circus of Crime, a midget lion-tamer who dresses like Flash Gordon, and our favorite Werewolf (There wolf!).

Three Stars.

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   February 9, 2018 TStarnes
   February 9, 2018 TStarnes
   January 4, 2017 fragsel Added Truckers to the issue.
   October 31, 2016 Neskit Changed comic details.
   October 27, 2015 fragsel Added Los Angeles Police Dept. to the issue.
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