Spider-Man in the Horror Universe: “WOLF AT BAY”

11 Jan

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.

MARVEL TEAM-UP # 12 “WOLF AT BAY” (MARVEL COMICS)

Release Date: August 1973 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Spider-Man; Werewolf by Night

The Story: While both happen to be in San Francisco, Spider-Man and Jack Russell encounter each other. As with any meeting between Marvel series leads, a fight ensues.

Notes: With some comic book horror characters, like Doctor Strange, I don’t use them to bring in other comic characters they meet, because they are so intertwined with the overall superhero universe. But the Marvel monster books, though set in the Marvel Universe, were less involved with the superhero books, and so I don’t mind including these crossovers. This brings Spider-Man into the Horror Universe, but likely only his solo stories (and stories where he teams with other characters established to be in the Horror Universe) up until the mid 1980s. After that, he’d be too old to be the same character as seen in the books. A good breaking off point for when to stop counting Marvel hero inclusions would probably be Secret Wars in 1984, because that was the start of the large company wide crossovers and the large altering of the worldview of living in a super-hero universe.

For more Spider-Man crossovers, click here.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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