Werewolf By Night #27-30
Issue(s): Werewolf By Night #27, Werewolf By Night #28, Werewolf By Night #29, Werewolf By Night #30
The Amazing Doctor Glitternight floats in the air like a whimsical glitterbug.
The Amazing Doctor Glitternight is hilarious.
Doug Moench seems to be going for a more personalized narration style on these issues, with narration (while the Werewolf is falling off a cliff with one of the Amazing Doctor Glitternight's monsters) like "True, I wasn't Jack, but neither was the Yecch-Monster Jill... and we both came tumbling down and never mind the pail of water". And then there's the fact that the two monsters are called the Yecch-Monster and Explicative Deleted.
As for the Amazing Doctor Glitternight himself, he's a character from Topaz's past. He was a colleague of Topaz's master Taboo, so when Topaz's powers began to wane, she sought him out for help (Topaz also "never liked that name"). But he's just as evil as Taboo turned out to be, so instead of helping her he took her soul, specifically her dark side, to make those two monsters (Jack - "Sculpted a what from who--?"). The Amazing Doctor Glitternight has also resurrected Taboo, or at least created a simulacrum of him using his Taboo's soul (the MCP lists it as a real appearance of Taboo, so i will too), but Taboo escaped and later turns on Glitternight, helping Topaz and Jack defeat him.
That's basically the story (over four tedious issues) but there is one additional complication. It's Jack's sister Lissa's 18th birthday, and the Amazing Doctor Glitternight forces her to transform not just into a regular werewolf, but a weredemon.
Here's a fun dream sequence that occurs between Lissa's first and second transformations.
In the end, Werewolf By Night tears open the Amazing Doctor Glitternight's balloon suit...
...and it's implied that this combined with the final efforts of Taboo end the threat of Lissa's lycanthropy.
Meanwhile, Raymond Coker, formerly also a werewolf, now finds reason to travel to Haiti to seek a witch named Jeesala of De thousand Years.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: It's been a month since Giant-Size Werewolf #3. Then four weeks pass during the course of these issues between the Amazing Doctor Glitternight's attacks. The necessity of the story arcs in this series only taking place at monthly intervals wreaks havoc on subplots. Raymond Coker is seen meeting Jeesala in issue #29, after the "four weeks" that pass during these issues. But in issue #31, Coker and Jeesala seems to be continuing the same conversation even though the main story in that issue takes place (at least) a month later. So did Coker go away and then come back a month later, or should we consider the sequence in #31 a flashback, or was time just moving in some kind of voodoo haze? In any event, i'll be placing issue #31 in a separate entry, and "at least" a month later since both the MCP and my Essentials trade place Giant-Size Werewolf By Night #4 between this arc and the next one, ignoring an explicit comment about a month having passed between #30 & #31.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Werewolf By Night vol. 2
Inbound References (3): showBuck Cowan, Doctor Glitternight, Jeesala, Lissa Russell, Raymond Coker, Taboo II, Tina Sands, Topaz, Victor Northrup, Werewolf By Night
I don't know what's more hilarious with this: the fact there's a character named "The Amazing Doctor Glitterlight"; the fact that Lissa doesn't become a werewolf and becomes...some blue lizard...thing... (seriously after giving us the potential, you have to deliver on giving us a proper werewolf form for Lissa) or that there is actually a monster in the Marvelverse literally called "Explicitive Deleted".
Posted by: Ataru320 | January 12, 2015 1:46 PM
Ataru- to be fair the monsters are also called the Nightmare Creature and the Sin Creature.
Posted by: Michael | January 12, 2015 8:18 PM
I think the villain's name may have been taken from the 1930s film "The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse".
He bears an amazing resemblance to a flying squirrel. Is he supposed to have empty eyesockets, or is he just drawn that way?
Interestingly, when Moench created Dr. Demonicus for Godzilla, he originally wanted to call him "Dr. Nightgaunt", but that name was rejected as being too similar to this guy.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 13, 2015 8:36 PM
Ha! Laugh all you want, but I think that Dr. Glitternight has a hint of solid concept in him. After all, he has the power to warp people's souls into demons... and doesn't he turn out to be some sort of god-like creature in some future story?
What I know is that when, one day, I'll be writing the Doctor Strange series, I'll be bringing this guy back as a major villain :))
Posted by: Piotr W | July 14, 2016 4:02 PM
Dr. Clitterhouse? I spent a lot of time in my late teens trying to locate him...
Posted by: Andrew | December 25, 2016 10:06 PM
He's hiding at his hideout, the mythical g-spot.
Posted by: kveto | December 26, 2016 2:06 PM
It's so funny reading the reference to "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse", in addition to Andrew and Kveto's remarks, when you consider the following: The 1938 crime film, starring Edward G. Robinson in the title role, also featured Humphrey Bogart in the role of jewel thief "Rocks" Valentine. Bogie apparently considered this his least favorite role, and in fact (according to a biography I read which, IIRC, was written by Eric Lax), would privately refer to the film as "The Amazing Dr. Clitoris".
Posted by: Brian Coffey | March 25, 2018 9:38 PM
The name Dr. Glitternight sounds like something David Bowie might have used, like Ziggy Stardust or the Thin White Duke. Or, perhaps a song/album title by T. Rex. All hail '70's glam rock!
Posted by: Brian Coffey | March 25, 2018 9:50 PM
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