Creatures On The Loose #30
Issue(s): Creatures On The Loose #30
...albeit one that features the son of J. Jonah Jameson.
The main thing this first issue does is set up Man-Wolf's antagonist, police detective and former CIA operative Simon Stroud.
He briefly confronts JJ...
...and then begins hunting the Man-Wolf. He's unaware that the Man-Wolf is JJ's son. He thinks John is a victim.
Man-Wolf, meanwhile, is doing his best to be a super-hero under the circumstances.
Stroud finds Man-Wolf, and notes that he doesn't have any silver bullets. Since Man-Wolf is a Science Werewolf, it's unclear if silver is really necessary anyway. And Man-Wolf does run off when he's shot at. Stroud chases him up the Statue of Liberty and Man-Wolf eventually falls off into the bay.
A perfectly ok introduction, but, again, what are we getting here that we're not getting from Werewolf By Night?
As with the Thongor story before it, the main Man-Wolf feature is not a full length story. It is padded with a short horror story from Uncanny Tales #11. It's about a guy that wants to be a boxer, but he kills himself because no one will hire him because he literally has a glass jaw.
By the way, here's the coloring from the original, non-reprint version of the story. The colorist in the Creatures of the Loose reprint sure made it a lot more gross.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showJ. Jonah Jameson, Man-Wolf (John Jameson), Simon Stroud 1974 / Box 8 / EiC: Roy Thomas
1974 / Box 8 / EiC: Roy Thomas
The "radiation suit" has the same colors as John Jameson's outfit in Amazing Spider-Man #42.
Doug Moench left the series almost immediately because he had so many restrictions on what he could do with JJJ(which probably cemented his desire to do characters that mostly stayed in their own corner of the MU).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 11, 2015 10:20 PM
According to Alter Ego #146, Moench's original title for this was "Gut-Wrench!", but he was overruled by Roy Thomas.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 12, 2017 11:03 AM
A younger generation might see Man-Wolf's radiation suit and mistake it for a basketball uni or a wrestling singlet for the University of Oregon Ducks (minus the Nike "swoosh", of course).
Posted by: Brian Coffey | February 5, 2018 12:55 AM
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