Werewolf By Night

PROFILE

  • Real Name: Jack Russell (legally changed from Jacob Russoff)
  • AKA: John Doe, Pretty Boy, Russ Jackson, Shaggy,  Werewolf by Night, Wildman of Borneo
  • Family: Claudia Russell (ancestor, deceased); (Baron) Grigory Russoff (great-great-great-grandfather, deceased); (Baroness) Louisa Russoff (great-great-great-grandmother, presumed deceased); (Baron) Gregor Russoff (grandfather, deceased); (Baroness) Maria Russoff (grandmother, deceased); (Baron) Gregory Russoff (father, deceased); (Baroness) Laura Russoff Russell (mother, deceased); Philip Russell (step-father; biological uncle); Lissa Russell Price (sister); Nina Price (niece); Unnamed brother-in-law; Tier Sinclair (foster-son)
  • Base of Operation: Mobile; formerly Los Angeles, California
  • Identity: Secret Identity
  • Citizenship: American, Romanian
  • Martial Status: Single
  • Occupation: Adventurer, wanderer; former sanitation engineer (Russell lives off a trust fund set up by his mother from the sale of his father’s estate).
  • Education: High School Graduate
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m) (human); 6′ 8″ (werewolf)
  • Weight: 200 lbs (90.72 kg) (human); 300 lbs (136 kg) (werewolf)
  • Eyes: Blue (red in werewolf form)
  • Hair: Red (brown in werewolf form)
  • Unusual Feature: As a werewolf, Jack Russell possesses physical characteristics similar to that of a fully grown wolf, including brown fur, pointed ears, fangs, and clawed hands and feet. When in a feral state, his eyes are colored red. As a human Jack was involved in a demonic ritual which left him with a tattoo of a howling wolf head and a full moon across his chest.
  • Origin: Werewolf
  • Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)

Yes, his real name is a pun on purpose. Introduced in Marvel Spotlight #2 (1972) by Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas and Mike Ploog, Jack Russel’s family had been curse with lycanthropy ever since his ancestor tried to kill Dracula. He would turn into a werewolf when he turned 18. For a number of years he was more beast minded but an encounter with “The Three Who Are All” enabled him to retained his own mind in Werewolf form as well as allowing him to transform voluntarily. He began using this form to fight crimes and would encounter other heroes like Iron Man and Spider-woman. His comic was also the first time that Moon Knight appeared, after the hero was hired to hunt the Werewolf. 

He also gained a life long friendship with Morbius, a similar person who was suffering from a monster disease. He would later aided the Midnight Sons and would join a later version of the team. He also adopted Wolfsbane’s baby in order to protect her from those that wanted to used or kill it. He would eventually end up in the Monster Metropolis, becoming one of it’s protectors, joining and leading some versions of the Legions of Monsters. He also had a brief relationship with Elsa Bloodstone as well as Shiklah, who was married to Deadpool at the time. 

Werewolf by Night has recently seen a boast in popularity due to someone else taking the mantle but Russel was a popular character before. But it was still surprising when he received a figure as part of Toybiz’s Monster box set.


Classic

Recommend Figure:  Toybiz Marvel Legends Monsters Box set –  Werewolf By Night with Dracula, Frankenstein and Zombie

  • Background:
    • Like many of Marvel’s Monsters, Werewolf by Night’s design borrows heavily on the Universal Studio version. However, because it is now a more generic  design, Marvel can use it all they like.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This is a figure you may need for your Horror collection as well as complete a number of teams including Legion of Monsters and Midnights Son. However it was hard to find. It surprising that this guy hasn’t gotten a remake so I would just wait  for it.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

None at the Moment