Red Wolf (comics)
Marvel Spotlight #1 (Nov 1971)
Avengers vol. 1 #80 (September 1970)
Gardner Fox and Syd Shores
Roy Thomas and John Buscema
|Alter ego||- Johnny Wakeley
- William Talltrees
The Sensational Seven
Owayodata, Thomas Thunderhead
Superhuman strength and sensory acuity
Highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant
Adept combat gymnast
Expert marksman with throwing weapons
Skilled animal trainer
Red Wolf is the name of a number of fictional characters in Marvel Comics' shared universe, the Marvel Universe. The different characters are Native American heroes with mystical powers and have a trusted wolf companion named Lobo. Red Wolf is also the title of a short comic book series published by Marvel Comics.
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Red Wolf is Marvel's first Native American superhero.
In the 1970s, Stan Lee tried to incoporated more minorities and female characters in the Marvel lineup. Red Wolf is the title of a nine-issue comic book series published by Marvel Comics from May 1972 to September 1973. These adventures delved into American Indian Culture and were set in the Old West.
Fictional character biography
Johnny Wakeley was the adopted name of a Cheyenne man who was raised from childhood by a white couple in the late 19th century. His adoptive parents were killed by Native Americans in retaliation for the U.S. Army cavalry's massacre of their own people. Some time later, a local land baron tried to buy the Wakeley property; when Johnny refused to sell, the land baron's hired guns burned down the house. Trying to find his place in this world, Johnny joined the U.S. Cavalry at Fort Rango as a scout, but although accepted by the commanding officer found himself shunned and despised by the soldiers. While on a scouting mission to find a renegade Indian war party, Johnny's position was accidentally given away. Pursued by the warriors, Wakeley stumbled into the burial place of a former warrior known as Red Wolf and was visited by the spirit of a Cheyenne god named Owayodata. He was given the ceremonial garb of the Red Wolf, and the coup stick, his totem of power, and became the first known recorded Red Wolf. Red Wolf used his new-found great skills and prowess to promote peace between the white and Native American peoples.
The character appears in 2000's Blaze of Glory and 2010's Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven.
William Talltrees is a man born in modern times, born in Wolf Point, Montana. He was the son of Thomas Talltrees, a Cheyenne tribal leader, and grew up hearing tales of the legendary Red Wolf. William witnessed his father being intimidated into selling his property to corrupt businessman Cornelius van Lunt; that night, van Lunt's henchmen killed William's family. William swore vengeance, finding and donning the ceremonial garb of Red Wolf. Owayodata visited him and imbued the young man with his spiritual legacy, granting him superhuman powers. The new Red Wolf found a wolf cub that he named Lobo and trained to be his companion. Following van Lunt back to New York, he was able to gain vengeance on him with the aid of the Avengers.
Alongside Tigra, Red Wolf battled the Super-Skrull and the Rat Pack. Alongside Phantom Rider III, Firebird, Texas Twister, and Shooting Star, he battled the Hulk, and rescued Rick Jones from the Corruptor. Red Wolf joined these other four heroes as part of the first incarnation of the short-lived superhero team, the Rangers. Alongside the Defenders, Red Wolf battled some trolls. Alongside the Rangers again, Red Wolf battled the West Coast Avengers while under the influence of the demon Riglevio possessing Shooting Star.
It was revealed that Will Talltrees was part of a squad of Marines during the Vietnam War, along with Willie Lincoln, Josh Cooper, Jim Rhodes, and others named Fong and Janes. They were part of an attack on a village that resulted in the slaughter of the parents of The Bengal. As an adult, Bengal resurfaced to take vengeance on those Marines, but has since turned away from his vendetta. Red Wolf suffered a crisis of faith caused by his defeat at the hands of the Bengal.
Some time later, Red Wolf adopted a new wolf cub. Alongside Doctor Strange and the Black Crow, Red Wolf stopped the Cheyenne pantheon from taking vengeance for the Cheyenne people. Red Wolf later battled eco-terrorists in the employ of Roxxon Oil Company.
Weeks after the conclusion to the Civil War event, Red Wolf was seen as a member of Texas' new government-sponsored superhero team, the revived Rangers, as part of the Fifty State Initiative Program.
During the Secret Invasion, a Skrull had posed as Lobo and attacked Delroy Garrett, Eric O'Grady / Ant-Man, and the Rangers in a Skrull/wolf-like form. When Red Wolf asked it what they did with the real Lobo, the Skrull-Lobo says that he'll learn his wolf's fate soon enough when he shares it with him. Delroy and Red Wolf subdued the Skrull-Lobo and Shooting Star shot it.
Powers and abilities
The wolf spirit Owayodata (a god of the Native American pantheon) granted William Talltrees superhuman strength, and sensory acuity heightened to superhuman levels. He is also a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant, an experienced wrestler, an adept combat gymnast, a superb archer, and an expert marksman with throwing weapons. He is an expert tracker, and a skilled animal trainer. His weapons include a coup stick (a six-foot wooden staff used as a bow or javelin), a tomahawk, a hunting knife, and a bow and arrows.
According to one text, Red Wolf was able to cause his coup stick and his wolf companion Lobo to appear from nowhere, and Lobo also possessed the power of intangibility. Since the same text also related an erroneous account of Red Wolf's origin, giving his real name as Thomas Thunderhead, and referred to him as a Sioux rather than a Cheyenne, it may be regarded as apocryphal.
- In Avengers Forever, an ancestor of William Talltrees, named Wildrun, is addressed by Libra as "the first of the Red Wolves."
- Red Wolf I (Wildrun)
- Avengers Annual #21-22
- Avengers: Forever #3
- Red Wolf II (Johnny Wakely)
- Blaze of Glory #2-3
- Marvel Spotlight Vol. 1 #1
- Mighty Marvel Western - Western Legends #1
- Red Wolf #1-6
- Red Wolf III (Thomas Thunderhead)
- Red Wolf #7-9
- Red Wolf IV (William Talltrees) (Current)
- Avengers Vol. 1 #80-81
- Avengers: The Initiative #1-2, 19
- Defenders Vol. 1 #139
- Incredible Hulk #265
- Marvel Chillers #7
- Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 1 #15, 72, 107, 170
- Thunderbolts #57
- West Coast Avengers Vol. 2 #8-9
- The Superhero Book
- Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America
- Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle
- Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book
- Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study
- Marvel Spotlight #1 (November 1971)
- Red Wolf #1-6 (May 1972-March 1973)
- Avengers #80-81
- Red Wolf #8
- Red Wolf #9
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #9; note that the character in the Red Wolf series may not be William Talltrees
- Marvel Chillers #3, 5-7
- Sal Buscema (plot), Bill Mantlo (plot, script) (w), Sal Buscema (p), Sal Buscema (i). "You Get What You Need!" Incredible Hulk, The 265 (November 1981), Marvel Comics
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- Steve Englehart (w), Al Milgrom (p), Joe Sinnott (i). "A Bird In The Hand" West Coast Avengers v2, 8 (May 1986), Marvel Comics
- Daredevil #258
- Marvel Comics Presents #15
- Doctor Strange Vol. 3 #25
- Marvel Comics Presents #107
- Mark Millar (w), Steve McNiven (p), Dexter Vines (i). Civil War 7 (), Marvel Comics
- Avengers: The Initiative #19
- Chris Yost (w), Khoi Pham (p), Tom Palmer (p), Scarlet Spider #8
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- Avengers Forever #3
- Wildrun, marvunapp.com
- Red Wolf (Johnny Wakely) at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Red Wolf (Thomas Thunderhead) at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Red Wolf (William Talltrees) at the Marvel Universe wiki
- Red Wolf (Wildrun) at the Comic Book DB
- Red Wolf (Johnny Wakeley) at the Comic Book DB
- Red Wolf (William Talltrees) at the Comic Book DB
- Red Wolf (Thomas Thunderhead) at the Comic Book DB
- Red Wolf at the Comic Book DB