Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Werewolf Blood on My Hands

Werewolf Wednesdays are back--- AHHH-OOOOOO!!! Today’s tale is ever so slightly bent, with a great "become a werewolf to hunt a werewolf" premise, but totally set up by a kookball concept, (which of course in no way detracts from the fun.)

From the July 1953 issue of The Beyond #21








And for another ACE werewolf tale click ‘n run (don’t walk) on over to Pappy’s blog sometime today--- before the full moon rises!
And for a 70's Flashback bio on Man-Wolf head over to Chuck's Comic Book Catacombs today too!

15 comments:

todd said...

Some guys get a gold watch. Cooper got a silver bullet. No justice, I tell ya.

This was lots of fun.

Tim Tylor said...

Definitely a high-risk strategy, that.
I like it that the story's set in an ever-so-slightly parallel world where werewolves are known to exist and found in the big zoos.

Chuck Wells said...

Looks like this got bumped up a day, but it's still a great story.

Pappy said...

Here's a rhetorical question: With a talent like being able to figure out how to transform himself into a werewolf, why does Greg want to be a detective?

Not only did we both post Ace Comics werewolf stories today, they were both about two werewolves. We've got a case of the Terrible Twos today!

The Vicar of VHS said...

"Criticism! That's all I ever get from everybody!"

Far be it from your girlfriend to suggest changing yourself into a fowl demon of hell with job promotion in mind might not be the best strategy. Women--they want you to be ambitious in your work, but they don't want you to turn yourself into a slavering man-beast. Go fig.

Love the "werewolf-fu" on pg. 5. How is it that this was NOT a Paul Naschy script?

I am a bit disappointed that they didn't have the original WW transform back; not that we'd have recognized him, but it's just good form. Also, the OW is obviously Caucasian, and don't they speak English in South Africa? Why couldn't they understand each other? Accents too thick?

Love the creature design here--even though it does occasionally remind me of MAN-BAT. Still, I do love Man-Bat too.

Anonymous said...

KICK ASS POST! AND I AGREE IT IS A COOL PREMISE TO MAKE ONESELF A WEREWOLF TO HUNT THE OTHER. I GUESS IF IT WAS THAT EASY THEN WE COULD ALL BECOME WEREWOLVES ANYTIME WE WANTED!

Karswell said...

Thanks for all the great comments this morning. I really do need to post more ACE stories as they always seem to generate alot of buzz. So keep checking here all this week, maybe till Friday we'll stick with ACE. Sound good? And who wants to see the werewolves in my post today fight the werewolves in Pappy's?

Also, did anyone else sing the title of today’s post to the tune of Styx’s “Too Much Time on My Hands?”

Patrick said...

So this is where they got the idea for 30 Days of Night! Change the monsters into vampires, and there ya go!

Best line in this one: "another werewolf, rabid, dripping with blood began to sneak away..."


Great stuff as always Karswell!

Zombie Elf said...

Good story, but a bit unusual for a werewolf tale. Several unusual characteristics of the story kept throwing me off.

I fully expected the first werewolf to transform at some point during the first few pages- but, apparently, these werewolves just sorta' stay wolves until the die. And Cooper's dialog "No more victims for you, you creature of the devil!" just seemed strangely eloquent for something coming out of a werewolf (maybe that's because I just finished reading a bunch of Werewolf by Night comics where wolf-ie digalog is more grunts and broken english).

But, the 'previously prepared (and unmentioned) antidote' was a bit much. Perhaps the original werewolf might have appreciated some of that, hmm Cooper?

But, despite its unusual structure, definitely a fun and entertaining read.

The Vicar of VHS said...

>>just seemed strangely eloquent for something coming out of a werewolf

One of my (many) problems with the original Werewolf of London was the fact that Henry Hull got to TALK at the end while still wolfed-out. Of course I cut my horror teeth on Lon Chaney Jr.'s Wolf Man, so the idea of the werewolf being totally bestial, retaining none of the human, good qualities of its human side was firmly entrenched in me before I even saw the earlier film. I guess it gave the chance for "deathbed remorse," but it still seemed WRONG.

Though here I was more surprised by what a great swimmer the werewolf was!

todd said...

And who wants to see the werewolves in my post today fight the werewolves in Pappy's?

How much are tickets?

T. R Xands said...

I agree with Zombie Elf, especially about the antidote :/ why didn't he just give it to the original werewolf, and how did he figure out how to make the antidote?

All oddness aside, it really was a fun read. I just kept thinking how great the drawing & narration were.

Karswell said...

>about the antidote :/ why didn't he just give it to the original werewolf, and how did he figure out how to make the antidote?

That's the part in my intro where I mention "kookball." Hell, even legendary shows like Star Trek pulled out the last minute "antidote" to save the day. But whatever, if we start questioning ALL the little details in a comic book about supernatural beasts then possibly we're overlooking the main intent of the story in the first place--- to simply entertain.

Tim Beard said...

Wow, those are some really goofy fight scenes in this one. Cool story though.

Jeffos said...

don't they speak English in South Africa? Why couldn't they understand each other?

Must have spoken Afrikaans.

Big enough plot holes to drive a truck though -- that's the way I like 'em.

I love how everyone automatically accepts the existence of werewolves. "Must be that werewolf the police wired us to look out for." The police wire an APB for a werewolf? And then having found it, you charge it yourself with a meat cleaver? And then the Liverpool papers splash headlines about werewolf attacks?

Cooper is smart enough to develop an antidote to werewolfism, but can't see any problem with turning into one? And he keeps the antidote a secret during a werewolf panic? He has a cage for the wolf (conveniently loaned from the zoo?), but puts a werewolf in ropes?

"Criticism! That's all I ever get!" Best. Line. Ever.

Awesome!