Jonathan, son of Kevin:
Giant-Size Werewolf By Night #2
Issue(s): Giant-Size Werewolf By Night #2
This issue has the regular Werewolf creative team but has a special treat for us in the form of an encounter with Frankenstein's Monster.
It's kind of a weird encounter, involving a modern day Satanist. It does start off with some intriguing use of Frankenstein's Monster, beginning with a paralleling of his treatment to racism (and, less compellingly, long hair-ism).
The Monster then overhears two bums talking about the latest news in Satanic developments. A guy named Danton Vayla claims that he can transfer souls from one body to another. So the Monster hops a train from New York to Los Angeles, despite the efforts of a security guard.
Meanwhile, Lissa Russell (sister to Werewolf By Night) has decided that she likes being a perpetual hostage so much that she's gone ahead and joined the Brotherhood of Baal just to see if they knew anything about werewolves.
She tries to quit when she hears they are into human sacrifice, but of course you can't just walk away from an organization like that. So she's kidnapped again, resulting in our second Werewolf Drives A Car sequence (after Werewolf By Night #3) as Jack Russell rushes to rescue his sister regardless of the fact that it's transformation time.
The car is totaled, just like the first one was, but the Werewolf continues along to Vayla's place. Frankenstein has arrived there as well.
Vayla gets Frankenstein to fight the Werewolf in return for promises of a new body.
Frankenstein wins the fight. But he stops the ritual when he finds out that the plan is for Satan to occupy his body.
Vayla is killed by his own inverted crucifix.
The issue ends with the Monster and the Werewolf fighting cultists as Vayla's castle crumbles into the sea. Lissa worries that the two monsters died fighting each other, but the final panel shows each monster's footprints going in opposite directions on the beach.
The issue isn't great, exactly, but there's something i love about the various classic monster characters encountering and fighting each other in the Marvel universe.
All of the Giant-Size Werewolf issues are filled out with Silver Age horror reprints, which were not included in my Essentials. The original story for this issue is 30 pages.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: For Werewolf By Night, this is placed between issues #21-22 of his regular series. The Frankenstein Monster is seen returning home from this story in Frankenstein #13.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Werewolf By Night vol. 2
Inbound References (1): showBuck Cowan, Frankenstein Monster, Lissa Russell, Werewolf By Night
So then its basically "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf-Man"...in the Marvel Universe with Satanists. Yeah...I can dig that.
Posted by: Ataru320 | January 7, 2015 4:52 PM
I don't think Giant-Size Super Heroes should be lumped in with Giant-Size Super Stars and Giant-Size Creatures- the latter two continued the numbering but Giant-Size Super Heroes didn't. Plus there was a story intended for Giant-Size Super Heroes 2 that was never published. But more on that when we get to Giant-Size Super Heroes 1.
Posted by: Michael | January 8, 2015 8:00 AM
Most interesting panel: the Frankenstein Monster eating a live rat.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 9, 2015 9:51 PM
Just realized: "Danton Vayla" is a rearrangement of the then-notorious real-life Satanist Anton LaVey.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 23, 2015 12:01 PM
Jack never learned to stay away from automobiles on nights of the full moon. And convertibles don't exactly block the light out. A little forethought,fella?
Posted by: Brian Coffey | May 17, 2017 9:26 PM
The werewolf on the cover looks pretty ferocious, and Perlin has a few good moments with Wolfie and the Anton LaVey wannabe, but his Frankenstein's Monster is inconsistent, at least in the facials. In some panels he looks like an homage to the classic Universal creature, other times he looks like he wouldn't be out of place on "Pinky and the Brain".
Posted by: Brian Coffey | June 14, 2017 3:22 PM
With all the Satanists and references to the occult (pronounced AH-CULT if you're Pat Robertson) that permeated the horror line in the '70's, it's surprising that right-leaning religious groups and "decency warriors" didn't raise a huge stink about it. I suppose they were too busy snooping around for hidden messages in the music of everyone from Led Zeppelin to Black Oak Arkansas at the time. Or perhaps they simply saw the comics world as a "gutter culture" not worth muddying their hands over.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | June 19, 2017 11:23 PM
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