Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes or wolfmen, are mythological humans with the ability to shapeshift into wolves or wolf-like creatures, either purposely, being bitten by another werewolf or after being placed under a curse.
Most werewolves develop common physical attributes including enhanced strength, speed, reflexes and sharpened senses. Some legends maintain that a human will only transform into a werewolf on the three nights of the full moon, but this is not true in all matters and there have been several documented cases of people assuming a wolf-like shape during various lunar cycles.
On Earth-Two in 1939, Batman matched wits against an alleged werewolf known as the Mad Monk. Though he was referred to as a werewolf and did demonstrate the ability to transform into a wolf, the Mad Monk's abilities were more in line with those of a vampire than an actual werewolf. These two categories of monster are not necessarily exclusive, that is, nothing prevents a living werewolf from being turned, willingly or unwillingly, into a vampire by a vampire.
In the Quality Universe in 1947, Captain Triumph's girlfriend Kim was kidnapped by a man named Raffrey, who, in reality, was a self-made werewolf. Captain Triumph punched him to death, then he reverted to human form, and died.
Professor Achilles Milo developed a drug that would cure Anthony Lupus's headaches, but ended up turning him into a werewolf. This was deliberate on Prof. Milo's part, as he wanted to manipulate Lupus into killing Batman.
Powers and Abilities
- Most werewolves are vulnerable to physical contact with silver. A silver bullet fired at a strategic locale, such as the head or the heart will kill a werewolf. The same applies to bladed weapons made of silver including swords, spears and daggers. Repeated blows from a blunt object made of silver will eventually kill a werewolf.
Type of Government:
None; Werewolves are generally solitary creatures and rarely congregate with one another. One of the few exceptions is the Werewolf Nation from Earth-50 continuity, which is a monarchy.
- This character is an adaptation of Werewolf, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- On Pre-Crisis Earth-AD, one of the many races that existed were the Wolf People. These beings were the result of scientific mutation and were not true werewolves.
- In Earth-One continuity, werewolves existed on the planet Krypton as well. In one instance, Superman was briefly turned into a Werewolf and fought against his colleague Batman.
- Robin was once briefly turned into a werewolf.
- Earth-C had the legend of the "Wuz-Wolf": a wolf who was cursed to transform into a mythical being called a human. A. Wolf came under such a curse due to a medallion affected by the same meteorite that gave the Zoo Crew their powers. 
Links and References
- More Fun Comics #11
- More Fun Comics #12
- More Fun Comics #13
- Detective Comics #31
- Weird War Tales #93
- Police Comics #30
- Crack Comics #51
- Batman #255
- Superman: The Man of Steel #14
- Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves #1
- Fables #1
- World's Finest #258
- Superman: The Man of Steel #14
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #10