CAPTAIN AMERICA #163-167 (1973)

falcon vs werewolf

Okay, so here’s a bonkers set of issues.  There’s werewolves (and Falcon becomes one, giant tarantulas and scorpions, and even mummies…

captain america and falcon fight living mummies

This is the story that marks the first appearance of Nightshade, who is a Werewolf wrangler hired by Yellow Claw to fight Captain America and The Falcon.

I wish I could tell you that Englehart manages to handle the villain Yellow Claw without being racist, but he doesn’t.  I think that’s just the nature of the character.

Nightshade is characterized as a stand-in for civil rights issues

Marvel was really into monster stories in the early 1970s, with a whole line of books about vampires and werewolves and stuff.

Creators: Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema

Grade: C+

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