Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Werewolf Must Kill!

Detouring back into the 1950's for Werewolf Wednesday with a snarling, toothy entry from the August 1951 issue of Harvey's Black Cat #30. Don't fret over the fact that this tale chooses to depict the werewolf as just a regular looking wolf animal, (I'm typically not a fan of this illustrative decision), because the lovely Lee Elias art, and especially the last page, more than makes up for it!


Brian Barnes said...

As far as I know, "werewolf" actual is a man that turns into a wolf, and a wolf-man is a half-wolf/half-man. I give Werewolf By Night a pass because it's the best thing ever slapped down on the comic page :)

I like the art in this one, page 2 is great. The decision to pull out the backgrounds for solid colors works well, the wolf (well drawn) stands out and the sequence is great. I think the heavy inks around the figures is great.

The werewolf riding the horse is nearly the best comic panel from any precode story! The horse seems to think "OK, whatever, sure." And another bad guy who doesn't remove the obvious stone spikes from his property.

Mestiere said...

That panel with the horse-riding wolf single-handedly turned this story into a winner. Makes you wonder of the potential of wildlife riding other wildlife. A blank riding a blank. A moose riding an elephant, an aardvark riding an octopus.

If horses read comics this would be a particularly scary one, with the old woman's horse attacked while wearing blinkers and tied to a buggy.

Lots of action, four dead people and a horse in just eight pages.

JMR777 said...

Great art and great story. In some legends a werewolf is a man who turns into a large wolf, not a half man half wolf that we are used to seeing from classic Hollywood movies.

Helen could have blinded the werewolf with her headlights ;) install a dimmer switch on those things, gal!

Mr. Cavin said...

Just when I think I've read all the precode werewolf stories, here comes a top-shelf specimen I've never even heard of. The art and storytelling here are excellent. I really love the attack on page two. That scene was really given room to breathe. The violence done to the animal really informs the murder of the old woman. I mean, look at all the energetic brutality happening to this terrified workhorse. That's foreshadowing, lady.

I thought the colors were very inventive in this one.

JBM said...

Love the crazy cover of Black Cat #30. What monstrous monsters chasing that poor little kitty. The splash wolf is more of a rabid coyote than threatening beast. When Margaret is first mentioned, I said to myself "poor Margaret". For me, it was strange how bloody the last page was, when the first two attacks were not. Thank you Mr. K. for this enjoyable romp.

Grant said...

I'm not sure about anyone else, but I thought Helen at least would end up all right.