World’s Finest 214 – Vigilante and the western werewolf (and Superman, too)

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Although World’s Finest 214 (Nov. 72) opens with Clark Kent heading out west for a story, Skeates, O’Neil, Dillin and Giella serve up what is basically a Vigilante story, with Superman and Batman on the edges.  Vigilante was having a bit of a revival at the time, and was appearing in Adventure Comics.

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Clark interviews the Vigilante, but the focus gets taken by a young werewolf boy and his girlfriend, as well as those hunting him.

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Vigilante spends the story immersed with these people.  The werewolf boy is played as a tragic figure, and it’s a solid story.

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Superman flies away with a reel of film and goes to see Batman, who confirms the werewolf element.  Which Superman would have known if he’d just stuck around.

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Superman returns as werewolf boy goes out of control, but it’s the Vigilante who defeats the monster, shooting him with a silver bullet.

This is the last of the alternating Superman team-ups.  Few stories from this run were really notable, but the concept would return for a more successful run beginning in the late 70s, under the title DC Comics Presents.

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