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1729: Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1)

" Wolf at Bay "
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Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, John Romita Sr.
Writers: Gerry Conway, Len Wein
Pencilers: Ross Andru
Inkers: Don Perlin
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: Charlotte Jetter
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: August 1973
Release Date: May 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 256                 Times Rated: 161
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
With the hopes of getting recent events off his mind, Peter requests an out of town assignment for the Bugle. Jameson sends him to the Bay Area to get some picks of Daredevil, but before that Spidey gets mixed up with the Werewolf and a strange mystic.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Hero for Hire #12. Spider-Man next appears in Daredevil #103 (v1).
Werewolf last appeared in Werewolf by Night #8 (v1). Werewolf next appears in Werewolf by Night #9 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Buck Cowan
Buck Cowan last appeared in Werewolf by Night #8 (v1). Buck Cowan next appears in Werewolf by Night #10 (v1).
  Lissa Russell
Lissa Russell last appeared in Werewolf by Night #8 (v1). Lissa Russell next appears in Werewolf by Night #9 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Hero for Hire #12. J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #124 (v1).
  Joe Robertson
Joe Robertson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #123 (v1). Joe Robertson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #124 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Moondark in the mainstream continuity. Moondark next appears in Marvel Team-Up #91 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Hero for Hire #12. Web-Shooters next appears in Daredevil #103 (v1).
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   September 17, 2013
VERY similar to contemporary plot in Werewolf by Night, but otherwise: an enjoyable tale. In this issue, Jack becomes The Werewolf without the need for a full moon. This is something that should be a part of Werewolf by Night. 6/10
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Issue Synopsis
Spider-Man is in San Francisco, sent there by the Daily Bugle to get photographs of Daredevil and the Black Widow. He’s swinging across the Golden Gate Bridge when his spider-sense suddenly begins to tingle. Moments later he is attacked by the Werewolf. There is a long battle resulting in the Werewolf falling from the bridge and disappearing under the dark waters of San Francisco Bay. As Spider-Man peers down into the water after the Werewolf, he does not see the mystic face that forms out of smoke behind him, hangs in the air for a moment and then disappears again.

Spider-Man makes his way into the city, changes into Peter Parker, and goes into a diner to get something to eat. As he places his order, he notices that the waitress and the other customers are all behaving strangely, completely lacking in emotions, almost like automatons. The waitress suddenly gives a scream and the Werewolf burst into the diner. As Peter fights the Werewolf, the waitress and the customers continue to behave as though nothing were happening. Crashing through the window results in Peter’s street clothes being torn away, leaving him in his Spider-Man costume. He manages to trick the Werewolf into head-butting a car door, knocking him out, and then watches, puzzled, as everyone leaves the diner, joining other people outside, and everyone walks off along the street in some sort of trance.

Spider-Man is about to follow the entranced people when he notices a change coming over the Werewolf. The Werewolf has become his human persona, Jack Russell. Jack tells Spider-Man how he was visiting San Francisco with his sister and their friend when they called in to see a magic act by a magician called Moondark. Very early on in the act all of the audience had gone into a strange trance and, as Jack looked into the magicians eyes, he too lost consciousness. He awoke in Moondark’s dressing room where the magician somehow made him change into the Werewolf and, using some strange mists, transported him to the Golden Gate Bridge where he was supposed to destroy Spider-Man.

Spider-Man and Jack decide to go look for magician, but as they enter the theatre, Jack becomes the Werewolf again. Spider-Man once more has to fight for his life against the Werewolf, this time with the magician watching. The magician appears convinced that Spider-Man has come to San Francisco to thwart his “master-plan”. Spider-Man manages to avoid the Werewolf long enough to launch an attack directly against the magician, knocking him back into the mists that are gathered behind him. As the mists swallow both the Spider-Man and the magician, the Werewolf turns back into Jack. Jack’s sister and friend, who have been standing at the side motionless, are freed from their trance.

Passing through the mists, Spider-Man finds himself clinging to the side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Below him, the water ripples, the only sign that remains of Moondark.
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  Drax Says:    
  2013-07-01 20:45:51  
  Probably the worst team-up so far. That being said ,team-up might be a stretch in this case.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-08-14 22:37:17  
  This was a weak and anti-climactic story.  

  zweineuf Says:    
  2013-10-18 01:17:28  
  I find it a little off-putting that Peter sees Werewolf fall off a bridge, he doesn't try and save him, and when he his the water, Peter casually muses that "nothing could survive that fall." Just weeks after Gwen.
For that matter, since Gwen's death, I've been aware of each time Peter has found himself knocked by a villain and falling without a web to hold on to, and I think Conway dropped the ball by not having Peter at least once freeze up in free fall realizing that he's experiencing what Gwen was as she died. Maybe a little heavy for the seventies, but it seems almost out of character for Peter not to have that realization. After all, he's such a sensitive boy.

  zweineuf Says:    
  2013-10-18 01:27:07  
  Oh, and based on the color, in assuming that was supposed to be the Golden Gate Bridge, which is NOT in between the airport and the city. Since the bridge was drawn generically enough to not look like any San Francisco bridges, for the No-Prize I'll say that Jameson was too cheap to fly Parker to SFO so he came in through OAK over the Bay Bridge, and the coloring and inaccurate design were just artistic license.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-17 08:38:29  
  With this issue, the Marvel horror titles are established as part of the Marvel Universe.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-04 21:43:42  
  + 1 star for Spidey calling him Moonshine. 2 stars overall.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-06-03 16:21:02  
  Just a weak weak story overall, early 60s stuff. But I was glad to see that Spidey wasn't back to his cheerful self as I feared due to this being an offshoot mag.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-12-29 20:49:53  
  Zweinuf's comments about the fall from the bridge are really appropriate. Additionally, Moondark meets his end by falling off a bridge, and Spidey callously quips about not crying over spilt magicians. Ouch! I agree Conway dropped the ball (no pun intended).

Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. As Leisch points out, this cements Jack Russell in the same Marvel universe as Spider-Man and everyone else, which is a big deal. I thought the artwork was dynamic and action-packed, and showcased both lead characters well.

This also shows Jack's transformation as being forced through mind-control as opposed to occurring naturally via the full moon. This too, is kind of a big deal, as far as character development goes.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-06-17 09:13:41  
  Barely 2 stars for reasons mentioned above as Spidey moons the Werewolf!!!

Ol' Skinflint - Wow, JJJ is actually coming off better here than over in Amazing!!!

Bad Moon Rising - Is Moondark wearing weird glasses, or makeup???

Exit Stage Left - Spidey's worried about making noise sneaking into the theater...right after he busted down the door!!!

Little Sister - Hey, what's the big idea? Lissa's not scantly clad!!!

'Nuff Said - "Then hang on to what's left of your jeans, friend--while I find us a private place to talk!"-Spidey

  Russ Says:    
  2017-06-28 21:09:50  
  Egads, what a mess. I'm not even sure where to start here, as the story seemed to be all over the place to me. Granted, the story is significant for the reason outlined above; namely, the establishment of the monsters in Marvel continuity, but didn't really offer a memorable storyline to make me care all that much, at least not at the moment.

At least it did acknowledge current continuity in the fact that it took place really soon after the events of Amazing Spider-Man #121-122. Peter's still feeling a bit lost and depressed from that. A couple of things I'd like to point out here concerning that storyline: (1) Is Peter thinking suicideal thoughts? (pg 2 pn 6, pg 5 pn 3) and (2) did anyone else other than me think that was the Green Goblin's face forming on pg. 10 instead of Moondark's?

2 stars; a 1-star story bumped up a star for its significance. But this one was a tough read, unfortunately.

  Russ @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2017-06-29 10:04:12  
  It took me a couple of days, but after thinking about it, I think I have a decent explanation for the bridge scene.

You and @zweinuf have a great point concerning Spidey's attitude toward Moondark falling off that bridge. Thing is, grief works in funny ways sometimes, and since the events of ASM #121-122 were a couple of weeks prior to this story, Pete probably has a number of coping mechanisms in place to deal with what happened. It's a but inappropriate to respond to situations like Moondark with a little dark humor, but it's not unheard of. Plus, Spidey's a guy who's seen a lot over the past few years being a crimefighter, and who knows how that would alter a person's perceptions (not to mention his sanity).

Granted I think the most realistic reaction to those events would not be to go to another city and switch to his superhero costume at first sign of trouble, but to retire from crimefighting altogether. But Marvel wasn't going to cancel their best title, so here we are.

Groovy, I think we should become superhero psycho-analysts in the Marvel U! We could retire rich inside of five years!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-07-18 22:26:50  
  If you're looking to get away, why is swapping to Spider-Man your first thought when you get there? I appreciate saving taxi fare, but surely Robbie would have taken care of him for that, even if old JJJ wouldn't.  

  ronano Says:    
  2017-10-11 13:15:55  
  I was taken by surprise by that ending, it seemed to come out of nowhere and wrapped the story up way too quickly.  

  drfaustus13 Says:    
  2017-11-08 09:21:36  
  I'm really starting to dread "Team-Up" comics in the order. It's like, the concept should be good, and it has the potential to link the Marvel Universe together in so many ways, and cross-overs are great, but these comics have just really annoyed me so much. Even this one, and I really like Werewolf by Night, was like...what?  

  Nsmash Says:    
  2017-11-10 22:41:52  
  This one was barely coherent.  

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