The legendary horror author jumps into comics!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

For famed horror author R.L. Stine, writing MAN-THING earlier this year marked his first foray into the medium of comics.

He outlined how it fulfilled a dream—in the intro for the MAN-THING collection, Stine remembered being a child, gathering with his friends and their stacks of comics to voraciously read them all. He noted, “Back then, I never dreamed I would get a chance to write a comic book series. So the MAN-THING series has been a dream come true for me. Taking that massive garbage heap of a character and making him come alive was a wonderful challenge for me.”

Man-Thing (2017) #1

Man-Thing (2017) #1

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The five issue series began with Man-Thing lumbering around Hollywood, trying to maintain an acting career, while recalling his origin story (by this point in time, the swamp-dweller had evolved from the mindless creature seen in earlier appearances to a thinking, speaking individual).

Though, when a mysterious other Man-Thing showed up, the two tussled before morphing into one being and returning to the swamp once again! No longer able to speak, but still possessing the power of thought, he came across an ex-girlfriend of his—from his days as a human.

The woman, Lily-Ann Millard, almost immediately got snatched up by a huge snake and taken away. In an effort to find her—and also to figure out what strange force plagued the swamp—he sought the reality-guarding Oldfather. In his search, however, he found that the Oldfather went missing…and the door to the Nexus of All Realities stood propped open!

Man-Thing (2017) #2

Man-Thing (2017) #2

  • Published: March 29, 2017
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 02, 2017
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Penciler: German Peralta
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Plodding onward, Man-Thing soon found himself captured by a being named Queen Irena, who transported the protagonist to an arena where he had to fight for Oldfather’s life. When The Man-Thing returned to his human form as Ted Sallis, his opponent chose to take his own life instead of killing a weakling. Irena had Ted tossed in jail where he then reunited with Lily-Ann.

After a few more twists and turns—including a change back into his Man-Thing body—our hero finally got his hands and fiery stare on Queen Irena. Needless to say, she didn’t stand a chance. Then, finally reunited with Oldfather, the duo faced The Yellow Arrow before escaping through the door to the Nexus of All Realities again.

Man-Thing (2017) #3

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Fright Fact

In addition to the swampy main story, each issue of R.L. Stine’s MAN-THING limited series also contained a short scare story in the back. Artists like Daniel Johnson, Christopher Mitten, Kate Niemczyk, Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, and Tyler Crook helped tell anthology-style bits of fun size horror, featuring a bed and breakfast for bad boyfriends, unfortunate parenting, and a monster-filled neighborhood watch!

That wraps up this year’s Spooklights! Happy Halloween—and beware for next year!

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Sink your teeth into another series of bloodsucking stories!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

The classic horror series VAMPIRE TALES only ran for 11 issues between 1973 and 1975, but the run offered more than its fair share of vampire stories.

In the first story featured in issue #4 of the series, written by Don McGregor with art by Tom Sutton, the vampire Morbius found himself in a town called Malevolence, Maine alongside his companion Amanda. As they discovered more about the unsettling neighborhood, they came across quite the cast of characters—ranging from a hook-handed man named Oliver, Amanda’s undead mother, and a batch of demons.

In the next story, “A Vampire’s Home Is His Castle,” by writer Doug Moench and artist Jose Lombardia, the vampire Count Varma hired a stonecutter named Syrenzy to rebuild his ancient and crumbling home. To ensure the worker’s diligence, Varma turned his daughters into creatures of the undead, but Syrenzy used his building materials to defend himself before getting his revenge on the Count!

Vampire Tales (1973) #4

Vampire Tales (1973) #4

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Next, writer Tony Isabella and Esteban Maroto adapted August Derleth’s 1939 short story “The Drifting Snow,” following a vampire that torments an old lady in the wilds of Wisconsin. And last, Isabella teamed up with artist Ernie Chua to close out the issue with a one-page story about Lilith, the first-ever vampire.

VAMPIRE TALES also offered a variety of reprints that dug deep into Marvel’s horror archive. This particular issue featured “The Vampire’s Coffin” from MYSTERY TALES #15 in 1953 and “Somewhere Waits the Vampire,” from 1954’s JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #27.

Other features in the magazine included a text piece by Chris Claremont called “Everything You Wanted to Know About Vampires but Were Afraid to Ask” and Gene Conway‘s “Notes on a Piece I Don’t Want To Write.” The former explored the history of vampires in fiction, while the latter detailed the autobiographical story of how Conway earned that gig.

Fright Fact

In the aforementioned Lilith short by Isabella and Chua, the creators reached back to ancient Hebrew lore for story inspiration. Having started her life as Adam’s first wife, before Eve, Lilith refused to obey her spouse’s wishes—even when a trio of angles asked her to rethink her stance. When she refused again, the supposedly heavenly beings destroyed her children. The morbid events transformed the woman into a vampire, which led her to try and feed on Adam’s children with Eve. The angels, however, intervened again, saving the children and cursing Lilith to wander the Earth forever!

Celebrate Halloween with tomorrow’s final Spooklight as we revisit R.L. Stine’s MAN-THING!

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Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog reimagine the iconic horror figure!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

In 1973, Marvel Comics collided with classic literature in THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN, by writer Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog!

Mary Shelley’s classic sci-fi horror story ends with Victor Frankenstein’s monster appearing—and then disappearing—to an Arctic explorer named Captain Robert Walton, who witnesses the monster drifting away on an ice raft, presumably never to be seen again.

Frankenstein (1973) #1

Frankenstein (1973) #1

  • Published: January 01, 1973
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 31, 2016
  • Rating: All Ages
  • Writer: Gary Friedrich
  • Cover Artist: Mike Ploog
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But the comic version picks the story up there! Years later, as Walton’s grandson Robert Walton IV searches that exact area for the monster. This Walton felt a great deal of compassion for the creature—who never wanted to exist in the first place—and could do nothing about it.

After finding the beast encased in ice, the young Walton’s crew attempted mutiny—fearing that Frankenstein’s monster would bring them bad luck on their long journey home. Nonetheless, they brought him aboard.

As they started their mission home, Walton recounted the stories he’d heard from his grandfather’s letters. Appearing as flashbacks, the reader witnessed Victor Frankenstein become obsessed with his search for life after death—eventually succeeding in his unholy quest and then immediately regretting his actions.

Frankenstein (1973) #2

Frankenstein (1973) #2

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The flashbacks continued, telling the tale of the famous novel. Alone and abandoned, the creature escaped his maker, eventually finding shelter in a blind man’s shed. He communed with the man, whose sightlessness allowed for an interpersonal bond previously unknown to the creature. This connection, however, got broken when the man’s family visited. Able to see the monster, they attacked him and chased him from the house.

Though filled with hatred for his creator, the monster came to give Frankenstein a way out of the dangerous cat-and-mouse game when he asked for a mate. Victor agreed—and succeeded in creating a companion—but, upon seeing the female monster rise from the dead, the scientist flew into a rage and killed her. In retaliation, the monster killed Victor’s fiancé before escaping to the North Pole.

Frankenstein (1973) #3

Frankenstein (1973) #3

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Emerging from the flashbacks, Robert Walton IV’s crew sailed into a storm that drove their ship directly into an iceberg. The monster, now thawed from his block of ice, fell overboard…before leaping from the water to attack a lifeboat!

The monster—mercurial in his ways—chose to help Walton, a cabin boy, and a guide named Canute to nearby an island, doing his best to help them survive. The monster then departed, continuing on to a new life.

Fright Fact

In issue #12 of the series—after a particularly brutal battle at Castle Frankenstein—the creature journeyed to a nearby mountain range, where he accidentally fell into icy waters below. The freezing temperatures encased him in ice once again—until he awoke nearly 100 years later, in the modern era, thanks to a few sailors who spotted him in the water. This Cap-esque time leap allowed the creature more opportunities to interact with the larger Marvel Universe, including appearances in GIANT-SIZE WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #2, LEGION OF MONSTERS #1, and even a meeting with Spider-Man in MARVEL TEAM-UP #36#37!

Celebrate Halloween next week with a look at the horror anthology VAMPIRE TALES!

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Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Kevin Maguire present a Spider-Man Halloween!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Opinions vary about Halloween. Some people love dressing up in an unusual costume. For someone like Spider-Man, however, wearing uncomfortable attire feels like a way of life, not holiday fun.

In 2009, comedians Seth Meyers and Bill Hader joined artist Kevin Maguire to tackle the costume concept in a special one-shot titled SPIDER-MAN: THE SHORT HALLOWEEN!

Set on Halloween night, the issue introduced the Web-Head tracking a villain called Fumes through the costume-filled streets of New York City and a pair of friends trying to get their partying buddy Ronnie back home. The two stories would eventually converge, though, because Ronnie dressed up as Spidey for Halloween!

As Ronnie’s pals let him take some time to himself in an empty alleyway, Spider-Man and Fumes battled on a nearby rooftop. Thrown off-balance during the brawl, the hero fell off the building—and on top of Ronnie! With both costumed men now unconscious, confusion ensued as Ronnie’s friends took the real Spider-Man with them and Fumes took Ronnie captive.

Spider-Man: The Short Halloween (2009) #1

Spider-Man: The Short Halloween (2009) #1

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Thinking he’d achieved the impossible, Fumes gathered his villainous friends, the other members of the Furious Five (his cohorts Gossip Girl, Haymaker, Badger Teeth, and Mr. Think) to figure out how to capitalize on such an unexpected victory.

Meanwhile, the actual Wallcrawler sat senseless on a couch as Ronnie’s girlfriend Cheryl “broke up” with him. Then, two guys— dressed as Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus—that Ronnie earlier upset showed up to get even. Just as the beat down seemed ready to begin, Spidey woke up and jumped into action.

At the same time, the Furious Five started fighting among themselves when they disagreed over whether or not to kill their captive “Spider-Man.” As Badger Teeth began attacking the others, Fumes came to the realization that he didn’t belong with these villains and untied their captive.

After easily taking care of the faux Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man swung over to the Furious Five’s compound in an effort to put a stop to the brawl. Ronnie, suddenly awake, somehow fumbled into dealing the decisive blow to his captor, walking away unscathed.

Fright Fact

While Fumes and his Furious Five colleagues proved more comical than scary, Spider-Man has faced quite a few deadly foes in the past—including Demogoblin! Debuting in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #147, a demon possessed The Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale. With their evil combined, they hassled Spidey, Moon Knight, and even Ghost Rider before Macendale ditched his hellish partner in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #86-#87, leaving the beast to become The Demogoblin on his own.

Tomorrow, we close out another week of chilling stories with THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN, by Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog!

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Ennis and Braun send The Phantom Eagle on a nightmare journey!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

One of the most satisfying elements of a scary story emerges when a bad guy gets his comeuppance. And writer Garth Ennis crafted an entire story from that concept when he joined artist Russell Braun for their Secret Wars: Warzones limited series WHERE MONSTERS DWELL!

The series stars a World War I pilot by the name of Karl Kaufman, A.K.A. The Phantom Eagle, who Ennis previously wrote in the MAX series WAR IS HELL: THE FIRST FLIGHT OF THE PHANTOM EAGLE. Though unlike previous incarnations of the masked aviator, Karl revealed himself as a womanizing jerk that refuses to accept the changes of the world around him—and the book actually begins as he leaves his pregnant girlfriend behind on an island for a more “exciting” life.

Where Monsters Dwell (2015) #1

Where Monsters Dwell (2015) #1

  • Published: May 27, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 30, 2015
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Garth Ennis
  • Cover Artist: Frank Cho
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He then jumped at the chance to help a seemingly naïve woman named Clementine Franklin-Cox, who offered him a big sum to fly her to Singapore. They immediately ran into trouble, however, when a strange and massive storm transported them stranded in a world of dangerous animals and hungry dinosaurs.

After leading a T-Rex into a local village so it would eat the inhabitants and allow him to escape, Karl returned to Clementine. Her supposed naiveté, though, proved to be a front, as she quickly asserted herself and took over their mission for survival. She led them through a shark attack and a crocodile encounter—and eventually forged a path to an island nation of Amazon-like women.

Revealing her “Sapphic tendencies” to Kaufman, Franklin-Cox reveled in the idea of staying with these women, free of the shackles of society and the oppression of men. Not long after their arrival, Kaufman saw a plane wrecked in a tree and soon discovered that any man unlucky enough to come upon the island was caged and used strictly for the continuation of the local race. When he found a group of prisoners, The Phantom Eagle tried freeing them, but quickly got caught by the native women.

Where Monsters Dwell (2015) #2

Where Monsters Dwell (2015) #2

  • Published: June 24, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 21, 2015
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Garth Ennis
  • Cover Artist: Frank Cho
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Facing painful punishment, Clemmie convinced the woman to exile him instead. Kaufman, now on his own, made his way to another local tribe that happened to be at war with the female clan. He convinced them to go to battle with the women, though the plan saw an early demise as the group encountered a mega shark in the bay.

Kaufman survived, though, and met up with Clementine, who revealed that her brother served alongside the pilot during the war—and that her journey to Singapore merely served as a ploy to escape the police after she murdered her husband.

Once again, the two ventured off—this time using Karl’s plane as a river raft before using the speed gathered near a waterfall to kick start its engine. Once airborne, they flew directly into the mysterious storm they saw earlier, and soon found themselves far from the dinosaur land, back in their own time and place.

Where Monsters Dwell (2015) #3

Where Monsters Dwell (2015) #3

  • Published: July 15, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: January 18, 2016
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Garth Ennis
  • Cover Artist: Frank Cho
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In true horror fashion, though, Kaufman’s victory proved short lived as he crash landed and paddled, again, to a stranded island. This enclave turned out to be the same one he left his wife on at the start of the story.

Fright Fact

Longtime Marvel fans will recognize the title of this book—the original WHERE MONSTERS DWELL debuted in 1970 and ran for 38 issues until 1975. Each book featured reprints of classic monster stories from the pre-super hero days of Marvel. In 2005, the title made a comeback as part of the MARVEL MONSTERS series, which gave writers and artists the opportunity to revisit some of the classic behemoths from the House of Ideas.

Tomorrow, lighten up the Halloween mood with SPIDER-MAN: THE SHORT HALLOWEEN, written by Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Kevin Maguire!

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The reality-jumping squad faces off with some bloodsucking Avengers!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

In most realities, the Avengers act as a shining example of heroism. However, as readers of EXILES will know, alternate dimensions offer plenty of surprises.

For those that haven’t read the series, the members of the Exiles got extracted from their various timelines to complete missions on behalf of The Time Broker. These players would get sent to an alternate reality, receive instructions on their mission, solve the problem, and move on to the next time and space.

In EXILES #31 and #32, by writer Judd Winick and artist Jim Calafiore, an Avengers team got transformed into vampires! In this reality, Captain America became the Vampire King after defeating the previous ruler. And before long, the bloodsucking Steve Rogers turned his fellow Avengers into the supernatural creatures as well.

Exiles (2001) #31

Exiles (2001) #31

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At this point, the dimension-hopping, reality-saving Exile team consisted of Mimic, Magik, Nocturne, Sunspot, Morph, and Sasquatch. Their stated duty in this place was to stop the Vampire King “from releasing the enchantment that will enslave a city.”

To tackle the problem, the Exiles called Union Jack, who revealed that Cap and his evil Avengers recently stole a mystical totem that had the power to create millions of undead minions at once!

The Exiles geared up, using stakes, holy water, and crosses to bring the fight to Cap, Hawkeye, Polaris, Giant Man, Wasp, and Falcon. And the battle proved heartbreaking. On his own world, Mimic and Cap were great friends, though on this one, they tried killing each other. Mimic even decapitated Rogers—but the vampire simply put his head back on and flew away! During the brawl, Hawkeye got the drop on Sunfire and bit her on the neck!

In response, Magik teleported the Exiles to Union Jack’s estate to try and handle Sunfire’s rapid transformation. He told the group that killing the Vampire King would save her, but they’d need a Soul Sword to complete the task. Luckily for everyone, however, Magik carried that exact weapon!

Exiles (2001) #32

Exiles (2001) #32

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The Exiles and Union Jack faced off against Cap and the Avengers one last time. The Vampire King saw defeat—though the Exiles didn’t get their full victory as they attempted to leave the reality, Cap used his powers to scatter them separately across the multiverse.

Fright Fact

Given the high number of alternate realities they visited, the Exiles had a tendency to run into horror-themed worlds. They frequently fought enemies who looked and sounded exactly like their closest friends and allies back home. Once, they even took on an alt-version of one of their fellow reality-hoppers, Weapon X!

Tomorrow, check back in for a t-t-terrifying review of Garth Ennis and Russell Braun’s WHERE MONSTERS DWELL!

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Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins manage to make Carnage even more powerful!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

What happens when you mix a couple of alien symbiotes, a werewolf, and an ancient book of evil? You get the first arc of writer Gerry Conway and artist Mike Perkins’ CARNAGE!

When mass-murderer Cletus Kasady (A.K.A. Carnage) escaped Ryker’s Island prison, a response team including FBI Agent Claire Dixon, the Man-Wolf John Jameson, Eddie Brock (the host of the Toxin symbiote), and sole survivor of an earlier Kasady murder spree, Manny Calderon, joined together to seize the criminal.

Carnage (2015) #1

Carnage (2015) #1

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The team decided to utilize a West Virginian mine as a trap. Joined in the pursuit by the mine’s owner Barry Gleason, the group successfully caged Carnage inside the mine and attempted to bombard the beast with sonic blasts that would render the symbiote powerless. Their idea went to plan…until the mine shaft collapsed.

Stuck in the dark with no way to get out, Man-Wolf leapt to action, taking on Carnage in a wild battle, clawing and crashing through the mine. As Dixon and Calderon followed behind, Brock unleashed his own symbiote powers, joining the fight as it tumbled further into the shaft.

Gleason pursued Carnage as well—and lured him into an ancient underground temple, where a group of evil worshippers called the Darkholders attempted to sacrifice Carnage, whom they had interpreted to be “the Red Slayer”—a reference made in their mystical tome, the Darkhold. Their ploy failed, however, and the mix of dark magic and symbiote only served to enhance Carnage, giving him the ability to extend his alien powers to other people…including Claire Dixon.

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Carnage (2015) #2

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Fright Fact

Carnage has perpetrated some heinous acts over the years.

He suffocated a man with his symbiote with his very first appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #360. He threatened Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Luke Cage, and Jessica Drew at the Raft in NEW AVENGERS #2, before The Sentry managed to grab Carnage, fly to space, and rip the murderer in half! These events, however, seem menial compared to the villain’s long and storied history of opposition to Spider-Man.

Tomorrow, see how a team of reality-hopping heroes handle a world of vampires in EXILES!

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Marc Spector discovers—and contends with—his multiple personalities!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

For the 13th Halloween Spooklight, who better to focus on than one of the most unlucky heroes around—Moon Knight. The man under the hood, Marc Spector, can never seem to catch a break.

He first appeared in the pages of 1975’s WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32#33 thanks to Doug Moench and Don Perlin. In that appearance, he played something of a bad guy—trying to hunt down Jack Russell’s hairy alter ego on behalf of a group called the Committee. By the end of the second issue, however, he decided to switch sides and helped save the werewolf hero.

Werewolf By Night (1972) #32

Werewolf By Night (1972) #32

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The mystery man then hopped around a few different titles, making another WEREWOLF BY NIGHT appearance in #37 before showing up in MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28-#29. By the time he made his PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN debut in issues #22 and #23, Moon Knight’s identity had been firmly nailed down…in that he had no single identity.

Marc Spector existed as a former soldier and mercenary, Steven Grant appeared as a wealthy entrepreneur, and Jake Lockley fought the mean streets. And the character(s) made their solo bow in 1980’s MOON KNIGHT #1 by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz!

Years prior to the start of this story, Spector and his fellow soldier Frenchie worked as guns-for-hire in the Sudan for a boss named Bushmaster. Though after a few crazy encounters with the man, the duo decided to bail on the mission—but, in response, Bushmaster beat him and left him to die in the desert.

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Moon Knight (1980) #1

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Not one to give up, Spector fought through the sand and heat, and eventually found himself at the site of a nearby archaeological dig. The daughter of a residing archaeologist murdered by Bushmaster, Marlene, appeared next to Marc in front of a statue of Khonshu, the god of vengeance.

Inspired, Spector grabbed a white cloak off the statue and made off to put an end to Bushmaster’s ways. As he journeyed, his alternate identities found their forms—and Spector established a partnership with Marlene and Frenchie. Having discovered all of himself, Spector made sure Bushmaster soon met a moonlit end.

Fright Fact

Moon Knight has experienced an immense amount of psychological trauma through the years. Always inspired by—though never certain of his relationship with—Khonshu, he’s persevered with the help of his partners…and his other selves.

A dark look at an already shadowy character, MOON KNIGHT by Charlie Huston and David Finch looked at a truly broken Spector slowly finding his way back to becoming a hero. Along the way, though, he struggled with the voices in his head, the bloody visage of Bushmaster, and a battle with Taskmaster.

Next week we shine the Spooklight on Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins’ CARNAGE!

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The demon declares the Spaceway Sentinel too good to live!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Occasionally, major characters make their first appearances in unexpected manners. Among those with strange debuts sits the demon known as Mephisto, who joined the Marvel Universe with 1968’s SILVER SURFER #3.

After turning against his master Galactus in the classic FANTASTIC FOUR #48#50, the Surfer found himself stuck on Earth, trying to understand the people he sacrificed so much for. To say the people of his new home planet didn’t seem overly grateful would be…an understatement.

In fact, humanity’s fear of the Surfer bothered Norrin Radd so much that, in the third issue of his first series, he threatened to punish the human race in an effort to teach them a lesson. This tale, by Stan Lee and John Buscema, saw him use his massive power to halt all of Earth’s machines, plunging the globe into darkness.

At that moment, Mephisto—an inter-dimensional demon—watched the planet, displeased. He proclaimed, “While man remains an uneducated savage, my ranks of the damned are swelled to overflowing! Thus, I have ordained that nothing shall change the unthinking masses of humanity!”

Witnessing the cosmic might of The Silver Surfer, Mephisto saw a potential enemy—and declared that he must die. To defeat his new foe, the would-be devil traveled to Zenn-La to meet Norrin Radd’s lost love Shalla Bal.

Silver Surfer (1968) #3

Silver Surfer (1968) #3

  • Published: December 01, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
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Back above the Earth, the Spaceway Sentinel came to see his attack on the planet as a mistake. After returning the world’s energy, he glimpsed Shalla’s approaching ship—and Mephisto accompanying it. The craft crashed into a collection of nearby mountains, though—to Radd’s relief—Shalla survived.

Mephisto then returned to his domain with Shalla Bal in tow. The Surfer followed, learning that the demon wanted to take the Surfer’s goodness, twist it, and control it for himself.

After failing to entice Norrin over to his side with offers of riches, women, and power, Mephisto began throwing waves of attacks at his enemy. Mud men, horned demons, and a dragon took on the Surfer at their master’s behest, though the cosmic being brushed them off. The demon then sapped the hero of his will, shrunk him down, and inserted the Surfer into his own head!

The Surfer’s mighty will, however, overpowered Mephisto’s and he escaped the fiery dome. In response, the dark being gave his opponent one last choice: join him and stay with Shalla Bal…or refuse and lose her forever.

Norrin Radd, heartbroken, refused Mephisto, sending Shalla Bal back—untouchable—to Zenn-La.

Fright Fact

Mephisto has tempted and tortured The Silver Surfer on more than a few occasions, including several more times in that first volume. Not content with just one super powered foe, though, Mephisto got involved with Thor and Johnny Blaze as well.

In 1987, the demon starred in his own four issue limited series called MEPHISTO VS., which pitted him against the Fantastic Four, X-Factor, the X-Men, and the Avengers. He made his greatest impact, though, in 2007, during Spider-Man’s “One More Day” storyline, when he offered Peter Parker the chance to save his Aunt May’s life—but, in exchange, he’d have to erase his marriage to Mary Jane. Spidey, heartbroken—like the Silver Surfer nearly 40 years before—agreed.

Tomorrow, uncover Marc Spector’s misunderstood madness as we explore MOON KNIGHT!

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Treat yourself to this tricky lupine tale!

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween!

Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers have a lot in common.

Friends and comrades, they both fight for the rights and ideals of all people in their roles as super heroes. Both have worn the mantle of Captain America and slung the shield.

And both have been turned into wolf-men!

The original Capwolf story took place in CAPTAIN AMERICA #402#408 by writer Mark Gruenwald and artist Rik Levins, while Sam experienced something similar in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3#6.

Captain America (1968) #402

Captain America (1968) #402

  • Published: July 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 10, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Rik Levins
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The Wilson series began with more than a little turmoil for the new Cap as he took a stand on issues that his predecessor might’ve remained silent on. Having gone rogue from the supervision of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government, Sam restarted the legendary Captain America hotline, which allowed citizens to contact him directly. Though the line largely got flooded with nonsense, Wilson did hear about some trouble with the Sons of the Serpent in Arizona.

When he looked into the matter, Cap discovered the Sons kidnapping immigrants and selling them to a mystery man in New York City. As the case unraveled, Sam discovered the anonymous buyer to be Dr. Karl Malus.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #3, the Star-Spangled Avenger made his move, ambushing the Doctor at his secret lab. Wilson expected to arrest the criminal with relative ease, though, upon arrival, he encountered a symbiote-enhanced Malus, who knocked the hero unconscious. While in this state, the Doctor used Cap in another twisted experiment—and turned Sam Wilson into a half-wolf, half-man!

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #3

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015) #3

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Now a lupine beast, Sam escaped before teaming up with Misty Knight to confront the mad scientist once more. Though this time, Malus had gathered an army of human-animal hybrids to enter the fight on his behalf! Despite the challenge, Capwolf and Misty managed to subdue Dr. Malus before turning him over to the authorities. The villain got his due, but Cap remained in his doglike state.

The following issue, Wilson’s enhanced sense of smell, wolfish temper, and tendency to dine from trash cans proved difficult for the hero to contain—and often made life difficult given his already-rocky reputation with the public.

The condition continued for Cap over the next several issues, even as he came head-to-head with Steve’s old flame Diamondback and fought the newly formed Serpent Solutions. Eventually, however, Sam Wilson returned to his usual form—as Cap, no longer Capwolf.

Fright Fact

In another thread of this story, Dr. Malus wove the DNA of Sam’s avian companion Redwing into the body of a young man named Joaquin Torres. Torres emerged from the process as a bird man, though utilized his hybrid condition for good, taking on the Falcon mantle. Redwing’s innate healing ability, though, meant that—unlike Cap’s hybridity—Joaquin would never revert back to his initial form.

Redwing, Sam’s longtime partner in the skies, actually had another monstrous encounter in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #5. In that issue, Baron Blood bit the bird, seemingly killing him. This proved to be misleading, however, as in the next issue, Redwing emerged anew—as a vampire falcon!

Tomorrow, witness cosmic power go up against the demonry of Mephisto in the pages of SILVER SURFER!

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