Bronze Age Beginnings

Monday, 17 May 2010

Marvel Spotlight #2

Cover date: February 1972

Writer: Gerry Conway

Artist: Mike Ploog


It’s an age old story; teenage boy has birthday, grows hair in strange places, and starts staying out all night.

With a plot assist from the Thomas’, Conway turns in a surprisingly efficient script detailing Jack Russell’s >snigger< coming of age and his subsequent curse to turn into a Werewolf by Night. The real highlight, however, is the art of Mike Ploog. Ploog certainly wasn’t suitable for the mainline Marvel Universe at this stage, but his Underground Comix styling was perfect for this strip; even if Jack did look like he’d come in Freddy (of Scooby Doo) drag at one point. If I’d bought this comic in 1972 I’d have been howling for more.

There’s also a reprint of Venus drawn by Bill Everett, which is a revelation. Who knew Venus was such a straight talking dame?

“All right, you big, fat, cop! I’ve never given you a bum-steer before, have I? now I’m off my rocker! Go on back to your overstuffed desk chair in your cozy (sic) little headquarters, and read your comic books! I’LL HANDLE THIS MY WAY!!!”

Whoa! Don’t mess with Venus, evil-doers!

Buy Marvel Spotlight #2 at My Comic Shop


  1. Never found WBN very interesting, although Topaz was gorgeous and the name Jack Russell is a hoot.

    I think 'cozy' is likely fine in the US.

  2. Not according to my spell-check, old boy!
    I agree, the issues of the Wolf's own series I read never really did much for me, but this really was rather good.

  3. Cozy is indeed the proper spelling here in the U.S. Your spell-checker needs a tune-up. I enjoy your blog, by the way.

  4. Cheers Kid A. I just checked out your blog and added it to my list, as we appear to be of a certain mind.

  5. Terence, according to the traditions of the Kreativ Blogger Award, which oblige me to post the following in this thread where it doesn't actually belong, I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award. And you'll likely tell me off for it.

    More info, and why I've nominated you, on a post at my blog:

    Getting the nomination is the same as winning. And if it all seems like too much faff, I understand you can ignore the whole thing!


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