Monday, October 5, 2015

WereWolf the SuperHero "Call of the Sea"

Welcome to our first Countdown to Halloween 2015 feature presentation...
...hold it!
This is not what we're presenting this year!
This is...
The super-spy saga continues...
After revamping Dracula and Frankenstein into Silver Age superheroes, the team of writer DJ Arneson and artists Bill Fraccio & Tony Tallarico turned to the next monster in the classic Universal Studios line-up.
However, whether it was because Universal objected to the radical change in format or because the project was actually unauthorized by the studio, the next book couldn't use the trademarked name "The WolfMan".
Both Frankenstein and Dracula were based on public domain books, so they could be used without legal repercussions.
But The WolfMan movie series, though based on European legends, was conceived by Universal's in-house writers, and the name "WolfMan" was trademarked.
So Dell had to go back to the generic term for lycanthropic transformers..."Werewolf", as well as a totally-new concept and explanation for his superhero/super-spy code-name!
You can see how they resolved the problem by reading the first issue HERE.
BTW, this second issue of Dell's Werewolf (1966) is by the same creative team.

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