Sunday, August 12, 2012

Marvel Spotlight #2 - Mike Ploog art, Neal Adams cover (1st Ploog Werewolf)

Marvel Spotlight v1 #2 Werewolf by Night marvel comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Marvel Spotlight v1 #2 on Werewolf by Night, 1972 - This first appearance of Werewolf by Night also showcases one of Mike Ploog's earliest works for Marvel. In a style not dissimilar to mentor Will Eisner, the artist fills twenty-plus pages with a youthful enthusiasm. His dynamic pencils and precise brushwork capture both Jack Russell's humanity and his lupine counterpart's savagery. A high point is Ploog's dream-like transformation from man to beast on page 19. Neal Adams' cover is less visceral but compelling in its own way. Note how the Werewolf's figure portrait on the upper left bears no resemblance to the character inside. The cover and story were later reprinted in Power Records #PR-17. A 1950s Venus reprint rounds out the issue, illustrated by Bill Everett. This is number 1 of 8 Marvel Spotlight issues with Ploog art and/or covers and number 2 of 2 Marvel Spotlight issues with Adams art and/or covers.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ***
"Night of Full Moon, Night of Fear" Ploog story pencils and inks 27 pages = ****


Marvel Spotlight v1 #2 Werewolf by Night marvel comic book page art by Mike Ploog
Mike Ploog
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