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? Okay...so 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!
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