Real Name: Jack Renolds
Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)
Occupation: Tourist (usual occupation
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Luigi Menotti,
local Italian police
Enemies: Angela Terrizi,
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile, notably Italy
First Appearance: Mystic I#5/2 (November, 1951)
Powers/Abilities: Jack Renolds was a normal
American man with no unusual characteristics other than a propensity
for international travel.
(Mystic I#5/2 (fb) - BTS) - Jack Renolds traveled
from America as a tourist to Italy. He hired local Luigi Menotti as a
guide. Both knew of the legends of vampires.
(Mystic I#5/2) - Two days after arriving in Italy, as dusk approached,
Renolds drove the car to the war-damaged village of Pozzouli. The two
questioned the existence of vampires when they came across a lone girl,
Maria Terrizi. Concerned for her welfare so close to nightfall, they
offered to drive her to the village to her grandmother's house. On the
way, they were briefly stopped by local police, who warned them of
vampires in the valley. Once inside the still-damaged and darkened
village, Renolds and Menotti accepted Maria's invitation to meet her
grandmother Angela. Seemingly old and harmless, Angela quickly bit the
neck of Menotti while Maria transformed into a bat and targeted Renolds.
Comments: Created by an uncredited writer.
This two-page text story had an image of a
figure that seems to have been lifted from another story as it's barely
peripheral to the story. No physical stats for Renolds were revealed or
suggested. Renolds' final fate is unrevealed.
The text story was titled "Valley of the Vampires" and was later reprinted in Journey into Unknown Worlds I#16 (March, 1953) as "The Tourists" (thanks to comics.org).
The village name of Pozzouli is very close to the
real-life Italian city of Pozzuoli (near
Naples), which had a prominent statue of Serapis unearthed (a
wrongly identified "temple" is the city's symbol), a deity associated
with abundance and resurrection with chthonic powers, until the
religion was repressed by early Christian rulers. Perhaps there's a
a Roman-Egyptian resurrected god using legions of vampires...?
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Jack Renolds has no known connections to:
Luigi Menotti was the swarthy local professional
guide employed by Jack
Renolds to show him around the area of Pozzouli, Italy. Warned of local
vampires, Menotti and Renolds foolishly picked up a lone wandering girl
(actually a hunting vampire) at dusk, and she took the two to meet her
grandmother in the village. Menotti was bitten by the senior vampire the
girl had brought them to. Whether he died or was turned into a vampire
Angela Terrizi was the grandmother of Maria Terrizi
and they lived together in the residence above a bakery in the
war-damaged village of Pozzouli, Italy. At some point, Angela and Maria were changed into vampires;
Maria would hunt at dusk, bringing unsuspecting prey to
their home. One evening, Maria brought home an American tourist, Jack
Renolds, and his guide, Luigi Menotti. Feigning infirmity from age,
Angela quickly overpowered and bit Menotti.
Maria Terrizi was the granddaughter off Angela Terrizi and they lived together in the residence above a bakery in the war-damaged village of Pozzouli, Italy. At some point, both were changed into vampires. Maria retained her child-like form and hunted at dusk, bringing unsuspecting prey to their home. One evening, Maria brought home an American tourist, Jack Renolds, and his guide, Luigi Menotti. While Angela bit Menotti, Maria transformed into a bat and attacked Renolds.
Mystic I#5/2 (November, 1951) - uncredited writer, Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 06/21/2019
Last updated: 06/21/2019
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