MOONDOG the MALICIOUS

Real Name: Moondog

Identity/Class: Loa (Voodoo god)

Occupation: Hedonist, practitioner of the black arts

Group Membership: Apparently the Loa;
    led a group of minions and cultists

Affiliations: Wally Bevins (former host)

Enemies: Brother Voodoo (Jericho and Daniel Drumm), Gail Paris, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Currently unknown;
    formerly New York City;
    formerly New Orleans

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up I#24 (August, 1974)

Powers/Abilities: Moondog is a spirit which can take possession of people. He could generate a deafening laugh able to incapacitate others.
    Moondog's true form has yet to be seen.

History:
(Marvel Team-Up I#24 (fb) - BTS) - Moondog is apparently one of the African Gods, or a related spirit.

(Marvel Team-Up I#24 (fb) - BTS) - Moondog took possession of New Orleans accountant Wally Bevins, using him to act as the hougan or head priest of the most hedonistic cult operating in New Orleans, a cult devoted to the ultimate pleasure of life--and of death.

(Marvel Team-Up I#24 (fb)) - Brother Voodoo shattered Moondog's power in New Orleans, but Moondog himself escaped.

(Marvel Team-Up I#24 (fb) - BTs) - Moondog made his way to New York City where he established a new cult.

(Marvel Team-Up I#24) - Fourteen days later Moondog held tryouts in the Shelby Theatre for an off-Broadway play about voodoo. One of the potential actresses, Gail Paris, didn't get the part, and Moondog's minions assaulted her on her way home. Spider-Man arrived to help her and, with the timely arrival of Brother Voodoo, fought off the minions. The two heroes tracked Moondog to the Shelby Theatre, where they interrupted a seemingly fake ritual about to turn deadly, only to learn that the entire audience was part of Moondog's cult. The cultists swarmed over the heroes, and Moondog began to laugh uproariously, and his laugh became deafening, eventually causing the heroes to collapse in pain. Moondog then bound the pair to wooden stakes and set a fire beneath them, but Brother Voodoo resisted the flames and escaped after his bonds had burned off. Spider-Man protected himself with a web cocoon and then broke out after Brother Voodoo put out the fire. Spider-Man battled the cultists, and Brother Voodoo attacked Moondog, who fled up a ladder. Using his brother Daniel to possess one of the cultists, Brother Voodoo cornered Moondog and hurled him to the ground. As he fell towards seeming death, Moondog abandoned Bevins' body in a nimbus of light, leaving a confused Bevins to face the heroes after being saved by a web net. Brother Voodoo corroborated his story and promised that he would be waiting if Moondog ever made a comeback.

 

Comments: Created by Len Wein, Jim Mooney, and Sal Trapani.

    The Official Marvel Index to Marvel Team-Up did not distinguish between the minions and cultists, just calling them all minions and saying some wore the Skull of the Mongrel. However, a trio of the Skull wearing minions overwhelmed Spider-Man, tore webbing, and possibly teleported. Spidey was able to overpower a whole room full of the cultists, who showed no special powers.

    Wally Bevins is the person pictured in the profile above, and all of the info about Moondog following the possession applies to him, so I'm not doing a sub-profile.

Moondog was revealed as a Loa in Brother Voodoo's handbook entry in OHotMU: Horror 2005.

Moondog has a one page profile (not very informative) as one of "Spider-Man's Forgotten Foes!" in Web of Spider-Man Annual#3.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:


Moondog's minions

 

    They can be identified by their wearing of the Skull of the Mongrel (whatever that is), and they were strong enough to tear through Spider-Man's webbing. A quartet assaulted Gail Paris, and three of them were able to overwhelm Spider-Man by working in unison. They carried knives and they could vanish when not being directly watched.

    They should be distinguished from the regular cultists, who appeared to be ordinary people. They also used knives.

 

--Marvel Team-Up I#24

 

 

 


Moondog's cultists

 

    They were the audience to Moondog's play, and they attacked Spider-Man and Brother Voodoo when they broke up their intended sacrifice of one of the would-be actresses.

    They appeared to be ordinary people. They also used knives.

 

--Marvel Team-Up I#24

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gail Paris

 

    An actress, she tried out for Moondog's play, but she was turned down. Uncomfortable with the way Moondog was leering at her, she left quickly, but was then assaulted by Moondog's minions. She was saved by Spider-Man and Brother Voodoo, though she did get hit in the arm by a knife. She was taken to a hospital, and she shared the events leading up to her attack before passing out from her pain medication.

 

--Marvel Team-Up I#24 (24(fb) - BTS, 24

 


images: (not counting ads)
Marvel Team-Up I#24, p3, panel 3 (minions)
        p4, panel 2 (Gail)
        p6, panel 3 (Moondog)
        p11, panel 3 (cultists)
        p12 (Moondog face)
   


Appearances:
Marvel Team-Up I#24 (August, 1974) - Len Wein (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Web of Spider-Man Annual#3 (1987) - Roger Stern (writer), Jim Mooney (artist), Jim Salicrup (editor)


Last updated: 05/31/05

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