Real Name: Miles Blackgar

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Scientist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Garth, Strug

Enemies: Werewolf (Jack Russell)

Known Relatives: Marlene (daughter), wife (unnamed, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Blackgar Island (off the Monterey Coast, California)

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight I#4 (June, 1972)

Powers/Abilities: Miles Blackgar was a normal human with no superhuman powers.

History: (Marvel Spotlight I#4 (fb)) - Doctor Miles Blackgar's wife gave birth to a mutant daughter, Marlene, whose gaze immediately turned her to stone.

(Marvel Spotlight I#4 (fb)) - Over the next 20 or so years, on his island off the Monterey Coast, Blackgar conducted numerous monstrous human experiments, trying to find a way to rid Merlene of her powers.

(Marvel Spotlight I#4 (fb)) - Miles Blackgar somehow learned of the existence of the Darkhold; he then bought Baron Russoff's castle from Jack Russell's step-father and had it shipped stone by stone from Transia and reassembled on Blackgar's Island.

(Marvel Spotlight I#4) - Blackgar captured Jack Russell to use as one of his subjects before he realized that Jack was a werewolf. Jack then fought with Blackgar in his lupine form and threw him out of a window, crippling him.

(Werewolf by Night I#1) - Blackgar, now wheelchair bound, Marlene and Strug pursued Jack to his home in Los Angeles in order to recover the copy of the Darkhold recovered by the young man. During the battle, Blackgar and his daughter looked into a mirror as Marlene was using her power and they were both turned to stone. The two statues were then exhibited at the Santa Monica Art Museum where they still presumably reside.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog.

Profile by Jean-Marc Lofficier.

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Garth was a normal human who served as Miles Blackgar's henchman. After chasing Jack Russell (in his werewolf form) deep inside Blackgar Castle, he found himself trapped with the monstrous products of Blackgar's experiments and was killed by Strug and the others.




--Marvel Spotlight I#4



Strug was the product of one of Miles Blackgar's monstrous experiments. He was superhumanly strong and had unusually keen senses; after he killed Garth, Marlene Blackgar turned the other creatures to stone but saved Strug who then became the Blackgars' henchman in their quest to recover the Darkhold stolen by Jack Russell. Strug was very loyal to both Blackgar and his daughter Martlene. He was mistakenly shot by Marlene and died.




--Werewolf by Night I#1


Marvel Spotlight I#4, p7, pan1 (main image)

p19, pan3 (attacks Werewolf)
p6, pan1 (Garth)
Werewolf by Night I#1, p15, pan5 (Strug)

Marvel Spotlight I#4 (June, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mike Ploog (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Werewolf by Night I#1 (September, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mike Ploog (pencils), Frank Chiaramonte (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)

Last updated: 10/19/06

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