A very happy birthday to the original Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney Jr.! Born in 1906, Mr. Chaney would be 108 today. He made a name for himself playing the tragic character Larry Talbot in the 1941 film The Wolf Man, and would eventually become one of the most recognizable monsters in modern cinema, going on to reprise his role in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. He also played a werewolf (not necessarily the wolf man himself) in similar makeup in the 1959 film La Casa del Terror.
As Chaney is the only Universal Monster who did not receive his own sequel, yet also the only Monster to be played by the same actor, take a moment today to kick back and watch The Wolf Man, and raise a glass and howl for the wolf man!
Marvel’s comic Werewolf by Night turns 42 today as we reach the anniversary of its first publication in Marvel Spotlight #2. The Werewolf (or rather, Jack Russell) was actively featured in publications from 1972-1977, but went dormant for many years before being revived in the early 90s. He has most recently appeared in Marvel Zombies 4, which ran for four issues from June to September 2009.
Swing by your local comics store to see if you can find The Werewolf hidden away in the archives!
Sabine Baring-Gould (author of the definitive book on lycanthropy, The Book of Were-Wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition) turns 180 today.
Lift a glass to this leading author of historical lycanthropology today, and if you’d like to read through a 19th-century collection of werewolf lore, consider purchasing his book from Forgotten Books Publishers.
A Snack for the Werewolf Hungry.
EST: October 2014.