Werewolf by Night (1972) - #43
"Terrible Threat of the Tri-Animan!"
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Don Perlin - 'D. David Perlin'
Don Perlin - 'D. David Perlin'
George Roussos - 'George Bell, T.S. Chu, Sam Kato'
Ernesto "Ernie" Chan - 'Ernie Chua'
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Cover Date: March 1977
Cover Price: US $0.30
Issue Tagline: The Tri-Animan Lives
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 18 pages
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Letters Column: Weremail by Night
The story continues from the previous issue with Iron Man and the Werewolf fighting the Tri-Animan in the warehouse hideout of the Masked Marauder. As the battle ensues, the Tri-Animan knocks both heroes into the electronic equipment the Masked Marauder is using to control him. The Marauder remarks that the Tri-Animan will serve him well in Europe in his attempts to enact revenge on the Maggia, and he increases the power to full intensity. Just as three of the Marauder's henchmen are observing his folly, the electronic equipment overloads, destroying it, and the resultant feedback sends the Tri-Animan into a berserker rage, freeing the gorilla, cheetah, and alligator from which he received his powers. The animals immediately begin to pursue the henchmen, while the heroes attack the Tri-Animan. The Marauder uses this opportunity to escape to his helicopter and the mobile controls of the Tri-Animan. The Werewolf is thrown into the vicinity of the henchmen, decides to help them, then finds himself under attack. Iron Man is ejected from the building, followed by the Tri-Animan.
A brief cut-to scene shows Topaz at the New York Police Department making a missing persons report on Jack Russell, and she tries to call Buck Cowan in Los Angeles. A police detective answers on the other end, relaying the news that Buck's house has burned down, and that he is missing. Topaz rushes out the door.
In the meantime, the Werewolf manages to turn the animals on each other, then calls the NYPD to have them send help. Iron Man follows the destructive path of the Tri-Animan, outpacing the Marauder's chopper. Iron Man confronts the Tri-Animan again, and the fight spills over to a construction site. The Marauder arrives and is quick to gain control of the Tri-Animan, commanding him to attack Iron Man with steel girders from the construction site. Just then, the Werewolf arrives, with the NYPD in tow, but the Police mistakenly open fire on him. Iron Man swoops in to correct the misunderstanding, but is stunned by the Tri-Animan while distracted, and is eventually pinned underneath some collapsing girders. The Werewolf tries his best to pull the Tri-Animan off before he can make the killing blow. Just as the Werewolf knocks the Tri-Animan off balance (and off the side of the unfinished building, taking him along for the ride), Iron Man lets loose with his chest-beam, missing the Tri-Animan but hitting the Marauder's chopper.
The Werewolf, Tri-Animan, and the Marauder's chopper all land in the nearby harbor. Although damaged, the Tri-Animan gets back up onto the dock and approaches the observing policemen. Meanwhile, the Werewolf swims to the chopper to rescue the Marauder and manages to dislodge his hand from the mobile control, stopping the attack. The Tri-Animan stops and falls limp into the harbor. As they lead him away, the Police question the Maruader about the location of the money he stole. He replies that he hid it in a safe location -- in the heart of the Tri-Animan, which is gutted wide open in the bottom of the harbor, with tons of money pouring out of his wounds, floating away in the undercurrent. The Police thank Iron Man and the Werewolf, who then depart for Avengers Mansion. The Werewolf transforms back to his human guise of Jack Russell, much to the astonishment of Jarvis the Butler, and then leaves abruptly to return to Topaz.
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