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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The Glorious Debut of…Capwolf!

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Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

I don’t recall offhand, but I suspect that SOMEone must have suggested I feature this one over the years. Feel free to write in to take credit for suggesting it (although, come on, it was always going to eventually show up). Anyhow, today we look at the glorious debut of…Cap-Wolf!

Beginning in Captain America #402 (all issues written by Mark Gruenwald with pencils by Rik Levins. Danny Bulanadi inks most of the arc but there are a few fill-in inkers), Captain America decides to find his missing friend and pilot, John Jameson. Cap knows of John’s past as Man-Wolf, so he recruits the mystic and former Avenger, Doctor Druid, who Cap was meaning to meet up with to clear the air regarding Druid’s tenure as an Avenger (where Druid ended up being mind-controlled into taking over the team). The two head to a small town where they encounter a werewolf. It soon becomes clear that it is a woman and not John, but before they can do anything else, a mysterious man named Moonhunter shows up and captures the werewolf. This leads to a battle between Cap and Moonhunter, who is decked out in special anti-werewolf garb that works pretty well as anti-Captain America garb, as well…



Could that be Wolverine there? Why yes, it is! Grunwald was clearly pulling out all the guest-star stops on this six-part bi-weekly storyline.

Moonhunter ends up discovering Wolverine, who is investigating this strange werewolf town, and takes him down…


Cap and Druid make their way to the town and find themselves in trouble…


(As an aside, how poorly laid out is that page? There’s a big blank spot for no good reason!)

The captured Wolverine is mesmorized by the big bad guy in charge of this town, Dredmund the Druid, who had tangled with Cap a few times over the years. He sends Wolverine after Cap. You think Gruenwald is passing up the chance to have Cap and Wolverine fight? No sir!



You might remember Nightshade from that old Cap storyline where Cap was nearly turned into a woman. As she notes, that time it didn’t work. But this time, it WILL work. This time, we WILL get Capwolf!

Go to the next page for Capwolf!


It’s more than you could expect!

So Capwolf escapes. Do you think this will lead to Capwolf fighting Wolverine? Of COURSE it does!



Eventually Cap is drawn to Nightshade, who made her debut years earlier in a Captain America and Falcon storyline where she was the queen of werewolves, so that comes into play here, as well…


Cap finds himself trapped with a bunch of different wolf-like Marvel characters, including Werewolf by Night (Jack Russell) and Wolfsbane of X-Factor…


Cap quickly takes charge of the group. Does this result in a werewolf pyramid? Of COURSE it results in a werewolf pyramid, the most awesome type of pyramid imaginable!


Meanwhile, Dredmund and Doctor Druid have had a Druid-off, and Doc loses. Dredmund slices Doctor Druid’s throat in a ritual that, combined with the Moonstone, turns Dredmund into the all-powerful Starwolf! Yes, the Starwolf. What? Oh yeah, well, well…maybe YOUR name is stupid, too!


Around this time, Cable shows up, because, again, Gruenwald is pulling out all the stops to make this story sell. Cable is tracking down his teammate, Feral, who is also drawn to the town…


You have to love Cable’s line when he enters the fray…


Cable and Cap are captured by Starwolf. However, as it turns out, Moonunter wasn’t really a bad guy. He was mesmorized by Dredmund, as well. Now freed of Dredmund’s control through the powers of Doctor Druid (who is remarkably good shape despite having his throat sliced open), he releases Wolverine and they help rescue Capwolf and Cable and then Capwolf heroically tears the moonstone gem from Star-Wolf and Cable crushes it…


Awesome. Couldn’t you just imagine that ending like it was the end of a 1970s/1980s sitcom? They all laugh and then…freeze!

That was one crazy ass storyline, but a fun one! Not necessarily a GOOD one (as it was a gigantic stretch for a SIX-part story and the art was not particularly good) but a fun one!

If you have a suggestion for a weird but awesome comic book story that you’d like to see featured here, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com