Stan Lee Presents:
The Werewolf Stalked Once More!
Summary: Jack begins this issue on First Night, running loose in the forest outside of is beach house. Lissa is coming to see him, but is being chased by bikers who crash the house and knock Lissa out. Jack attacks them and they do run away quickly. Jack himself leaves as Lissa wakens and the police show up, and is shot in the leg by the cop. They search for him, and a stranger sees him but says nothing. Jack finally awakens in the morning and hitches a ride with the stranger who saw him as the werewolf earlier. He is Nathan Timly, and he and his wife have been watching young Jack for some hidden agenda. Andrea Timly looks like the Bride of Frankenstein and wants Jack's father's book. Jack doesn't know what she is talking about, and is slapped unconscious by her. He is taken to a dank cell and chained to the wall. Nathan leaves their ward, a steel-armed man who looks like Quasimodo and goes by the name of Kraig, to watch over jack. He almost beats Jack for the information, but is interrupted by the return of the others. They finally leave him for the day, and when Nathan brings him food that evening, it is the werewolf who greets him. Jack is about to kill him, but is stopped by Kraig, who battles him for a moment until stopped again by Andrea. In the morning Jack is again brought to Andrea. He still claims to know nothing. She does not believe him and siccs Kraig on him. Nathan stands between them, knowing that to kill Jack is to lose all hope of gaining the book, named now as the DARKHOLD. Kraig kills Nathan. Jack escapes and waits until dark. He again becomes the werewolf and frees himself from his shackles. Andrea senses the thoughts of the werewolf and sends Kraig to get him. The battle is on! Kraig slashes the werewolf around with the metal hand and is electrocuted before the killing blow. Andrea knows this, and tries to cast the spell she needed from the Darkhlod without the book, fails and dies. Jack remembers some of this as he changes back come the dawn, and knows now where answers may lie to the cure for his curse...
Island of the Damned!
1st Buck Cowan
Summary: This issue opens with Jack waking from a nightmare to a noise from outside his home. He sneaks around the intuder and attacks. He is thus introduced to Buck Cowan, who will become his best friend later on. Buck, working on an occult story, is here to give Jack information of his dead father and the dealings of his current step-father Phillip. It seems that since Jack's mother's death in MSp #2, Phillip had taken the castle that Jack had inherited and "..sold it to some dude named Blackgar, and he had it shipped stone by stone from Europe-- set the whole thing up on an island off the Monterey coast."
Jack and buck plan on getting into the castle, to retrive the Darkhold, said to be there. Next morning Buck shows up at Jack's father's house in sailor costume and lays out a story about having to move master Phillips' boat at the docks. Phillip decides to go with him, so Buck distracts him while Jack runs to the boat and casts off for the island, but before he can get there a storm comes upon him and his boat is boarded and captured by what looks to be a modern pirate, who sinks the boat. Jack is taken to the island, there to meet Mr. Blackgar and his daughter Marlene, and is introduced formally to the mysterious Garth, his captor. Mr. Blackgar runs an institution on the island, and it is near there that Jack is taken under guard. Marlene sees to him, and Jack tells her how he is searching for the Darkhold. She is afraid, but decides to help Jack find it, possibly going with Jack away from here. They are interrupted by Miles, Mr. Blackgar, who needs Marlene to assist him in an operation on one of their "inmates". Jack follows to what looks like Dr. Frankenstein's lab. Jack finds the book, but the full moon hits him and he changes to the werewolf! He leaves the book and trashes some of the now-empty lab. He goes lower into the castle, following Garth, who the wolf remembers as an enemy. Jack finds the "inmates" of the "institution", horrible misshapen creatures that Jack then frees. Garth shoots at them until the werewolf jumps him like a rabbit, beats him down like a weiner dog and leaves him to his fate at the hands of the lab rats.
Jack wanders the castle into the welcome darkess, where Marlene finds him. Unafraid, she leads him back upstairs, where he finds Miles again. Jack attacks and the fight is on! Miles keeps himself in great shape and slaps the werewolf around like red-headed step-child until Jack gets a good hold and tosses him out the window to his doom. Marlene waits for him then. It was her plan to kill her father, as she was to be the next "monstrosity" of her father's creation. The werewolf isn't too sure about any of this. She touches Jack and her goes off on her, striking her. She retaliates by looking upon him with her uncovered, unshaded eyes, whilch We had not seen all issue. She is a mutant, a girl with the Gorgon's gaze. Jack is turned to stone instantly.
To Be Continued!
Eye of the Beholder!
"Marvel's newest, weirdest sensation yet! Man into wolf - at midnight! Far out!"
Summary: Turned to stone is where our fave Werewolf starts out this issue. "I could still think!" He also has held the Darkhold. Marlene the mutant girl had turned him to stone under the light of the Moon. He escapes when the sun rises and his curse is shed. He is then met by Buck Cowan, and with Buck's help Jack finds and takes the book back to California to study, escaping by use of Miles Blackgar's seaplane. Jack calls his sister Lissa to tell her that he is ok. She tells him to return, but not why. Once he hangs up we see her with her stepfather Phillip, and Marlene. Phillip will of course help the family he sold the castle to: "It's time he was taught a lesson in self-control!"
Marlene sends her thug, Strug (very similar to Kraig from MSp #3-4) in on them. Buck is knocked out by the brute. Jack eventually confronts Marlene and her Family brood, who have taken Lissa at gunpoint to find Jack. They are then tied up until Jack gives on the info, but Jack knows he will change into the werewolf tonight. He escapes from them, sadly leaving Lissa with them before he runs away into the forest to await the change. Once changes he is led to Marlene again - as in MSp #4 - and attacks Strug. The fur flies! The battle rages until Marlene, impatiently, shoots at the werewolf and kills Strug. Jack rises again. Marlene uses her stone-stare again imprudently,turning her and the crippled Miles Blackgar to stone by her Gorgonic gaze reflected in a mirror. Lissa meets Jack the werewolf for the first time and her screams send the werewolf running. He goes back to the forest. Lissa and Buck greet him casually as he returns home in the morning. Jack shows them where he hid the Darkhold - in a box of corn flakes - and then goes with them to the opening of Buck's new art exhibit: Marlene and Miles Blackgar! "They were two of the most life-like statues I'd ever seen."
The Hunter.. and the Hunted!
The Mystery of the Mad Monk!
The Danger Game!
A Life for a Death!
Summary: Jack returns to the Kane house only to find his brother, Luther, has found out what has been happening. He wants jack to kill someone for him under the threat of harming Lyssa. (On page 7, panel 5 is a MP Lyssa-as-wolfgirl pic that rocks!) Judson Hemp is the intended victim as Jack reluctantly agrees. He fights off dogs and guards, eventually coming to the rooms of Judson, who is starwatching. There is an eclipse tonight, and it peaks even as Jack is moving to attack. The old man is unafraid, but the guards are alerted to his presence so he takes off on a stolen motorcycle. He returns to Kane's house and fights as the eclipse passes. Jack frees Lyssa as Kane gets what's coming to him.
This issue in particular is filled with classic MP art on the werewolf. Action scenes, close-ups, it's all here. Outstanding issue.
to more Werewolf!
to the Man-Wolf!
to Part 6: The Ladies Room!
with KISS and Alice Cooper!
all images/comics/characters courtesy Marvel 2001