Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Fun MIDNIGHT MYSTERIES "Cry of the Dire Wolf"

In the early 1970s, writer Don Glut created several characters in a new "shared" universe...
...including Doctor Spektor, the host of this Gold Key anthology, and later the protaganist of his own title.
Originally-appearing in Gold Key's Mystery Comics Digest #3 (1972), this tale was reprinted as the cover feature in Gold Key's Dr Spektor Presents Spine Tingling Tales #1 (1975), which featured the already-active mystical crimefighter Dr Spektor as a host introducing reprints of stories.
The story was meant to establish a scientific explanation for werewolves in the Glut "universe",
But, it appears either Glut or his editor had bigger plans for the characters!
The early 1970s were the era of Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods books, ostensibly offering proof that Earth was visited centuries earlier by aliens who influenced human development!
Marvel took a shot at it with "Man-Gods from Beyond the Stars", which was meant to become a series, but didn't sell well enough to warrant continuing past the first story!
Meanwhile, the legendary Jack Kirby presented his own "takes" on the subject with his sequel series to the movie 2001: a Space Odyssey and The Eternals (which was supposed to be called Return of the Gods)!
So somebody at Gold Key thought...let's take this existing tale by Don Glut and Jesse Santos about an alien spacecraft crashing on prehistoric Earth and expand on it from the humans' point of view...with the result being the never-reprinted series Tragg and the Sky Gods, the basis for our next cycle of Friday Fun tales!

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1 comment:

  1. I was hard into these theories for a brief time, it was goofy fun. The comics which rode that wave were fun too. Look forward to some Tragg, a forgotten classic.

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