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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Jarvis’ Odd Fascination With Werewolves

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.

This week (based on a suggestion by Omar Karindu) we look at the last two issues of Werewolf by Night, as Jack Russell meets Edwin Jarvis, who is way more interested in werewolves than expected…

Werewolf by Night #42 was the culmination of an arc under writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin where the book transitioned from the story of a young man who transforms into a werewolf based on the lunar cycle to a book about a young man (Jack Russell) who can control his transformation into a werewolf and decides to use his werewolf abilities to fight crime. In essence, the book went from a horror title to a superhero book. #42 is the first issue Jack is a superhero and to signify the change, Moench has him fight a costumed criminal and have a team-up with Iron Man.

Jack sees some bad guys robbing a bank and jumps from a rooftop to attack them but that is the same time that Iron Man arrived on the scene. The two collide and proceed to have a fight based on the misunderstanding that Iron Man figures Jack is part of the bad guy crew. They then have an awesome fight involving Jack and a garbage can against Iron Man (not one of Iron Man’s finest moments)…

After things are settled (but the bad guys have escaped), Iron Man takes Jack (Jack has told Iron Man his name is Russ Jackson) to Avengers Mansion (by the way, Jack was in New York City with his friend Topaz. When he spied the bad guys he sent her to get some cops. He thinks about her at first but then seems to forget her for the next two issues).

Jack meets Jarvis…

I love how pissy Iron Man gets with Jarvis for dropping the vase.

Then, the scene of the issue, Jarvis asks to see him transform…

Wow, Jarvis! That is some weird behavior right there!

Iron Man and Jack team-up against the bad guy, whose master plan involves mutating three zoo animals into…

Yep.

So that takes most of #43 but once the good guys win, Jack remembers his friend Topaz is just wandering around New York City somewhere…

And that ends the issue and the series, as the superhero revamp was too little too late as the book was cancelled.

As Omar notes, this makes Ultimate Jarvis suddenly not seem so different, eh?

Thanks for the suggestion, Omar Karindu! If anyone else wants to make a suggestion for a future installment, just e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

22 Comments

That is one weiiiiiiiiiird fetish Jarvis has there.

I love how Iron Man just leaves Jarvis alone with a random werewolf he just met. What could go wrong?

Chris McFeely

May 18, 2012 at 5:49 am

“The Tri-Animan”.

Fucking awesome.

Jarvis couldn’t offer Jack a change of clothes? I’m sure The Wasp had something…

“He’s changing into… a young man…. a normal, handsome young man!” Oh Eddie, don’t show your hand too early.

What I find intriguing is Werewolf by Night’s switch from a horror to a superhero book. About a year earlier, Swamp Thing did exactly the same thing, changing the logo, allowing Alec Holland to change back to human (presumably so he could transform a la the Hulk), and meeting more outright super villains. It would seem that the market would not sustain horror characters and DC and Marvel’s instinct was to make them superheroes instead. Fascinating.

“I love how Iron Man just leaves Jarvis alone with a random werewolf he just met.”

One who kinda kicked his butt, no less.

interesting to learn that jarvis seems to be facinated with werewolves almost think he wants to be one himself. though surprised he did not go and get jack some clothes .

This makes Jarvis more or less adopting Silverclaw as his ward a little bit creepy. Finally, a were-creature of his very own!

And come to think of it, as I recall Tigra always did make him … uncomfortable.

When Tigra left the Avengers after one of the shorter stints on the team in Avengers history (#211-216)…

Chris McFeely

May 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

Oh, man, I just realised, that’s the Masked Marauder.

The Masked Marauder and the Tri-Animan. Honest to God. Seriously.

This is why I read comics.

It is really odd to see Jarvis getting all freaked out by a werewolf. After all the bizarre stufff he had seen working with the Avengers, you would think he’d be a little less prone to being so easily startled.

“Iron Man is my bodyguard. He left when I got here.” Well, then he’s not much of a guard, is he?

I love how Jarv’s allergies kept him away from the flirty Tigra, but here he has no qualms about seriously manhandling a werewolf.

Freaky stuff.

AverageJoeEveryman

May 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

You know why Iron Man had such a hard time beating a warewolf don’t you? Didnt use his rollerskates.

Graeme Burk

May 18, 2012 at 6:21 am

“He’s changing into… a young man…. a normal, handsome young man!” Oh Eddie, don’t show your hand too early.

What I find intriguing is Werewolf by Night’s switch from a horror to a superhero book. About a year earlier, Swamp Thing did exactly the same thing, changing the logo, allowing Alec Holland to change back to human (presumably so he could transform a la the Hulk), and meeting more outright super villains. It would seem that the market would not sustain horror characters and DC and Marvel’s instinct was to make them superheroes —-instead. Fascinating.

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Prose horror fiction generally does not feature recurring monsters, especially not benevolent monsters.

Tigra: “Jarv, you sexy old hound dog…” There’s something very creepy about that line.

I guess it’s just the horror fan in me, but in the panel where Iron Man kicks the werewolf from the ground, I can’t help but read that sound effect as “CANNIBALISTIC HUMANOID UNDERGROUND DWELLERS!”

Travis Pelkie

May 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

My first thought was “who did that odd but neat lettering in the first pages here?” Because I am that weird.

Hell, when Iron Man shows up at the door, Jarvis is going on about how the others are all gone, and he and IM can have some tea together. Jarvis didn’t get out much, huh?

God, Jarvis must have absolutely creamed himself during “Capwolf”, huh? “Oh, Master Rogers, you’re a beautiful wonderful WEREWOLF! Oh, I have the vapours!”

It doesn’t fit, but I feel the need to reference the MST3K ep “Wheirwouilf” (that’s how they say it in the movie!). As we learn there, wolves “sleep nose to anus”. Crow: “Ew!” Servo: “What, it’s fun!”

iron man sure had a lot of trouble with that trash can lid.

12th street and houston man that was a magical intersection considering houston and 12th run parallel and are about 12 blocks apart

@ Ben Herman

“It is really odd to see Jarvis getting all freaked out by a werewolf. After all the bizarre stufff he had seen working with the Avengers, you would think he’d be a little less prone to being so easily startled.”

In Jarvis’ defense, the Werewolf did go, “KAHRR!” Iron Man didn’t warn him about the KAHRR. And why the hell would Jack even be going KAHRR anyway when he’s about to meet someone new?

Jarvis’ apparent Werewolf fetish makes the mind boggle – I can’t help ponder what he might’ve been doing off-panel after the “rush” of seeing Jack change. Probably a great deal of polishing and buffing I imagine… and then some housework.

“I don’t suppose you need to grow hair on your chest, do you sir…heh, heh…” ….the hell?! Oh Jarv, come on out man!

““I love how Iron Man just leaves Jarvis alone with a random werewolf he just met.”

One who kinda kicked his butt, no less.”

They probably hid all the trash cans first.

I guess Jarvis is a closet furry fetish.

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