The Werewolf of London

​Sculpted in 1990 for Resin from the Grave. One of cinema’s first portrayals of an unfortunate victim of the condition, lycanthropy.

As presented in the 1935 film, actor Henry Hull had a much different make-up than the latter Lon Chaney Jr. Wolfman and I felt it was overlooked at the time I created this sculpture so it was a pleasure to bring his werewolf into the GK world.

A fairly simple cobblestone base was the setting but there is the addition of a couple blossoms of the Mariphasa plant nestled in the curb in keeping with an important element of the story.

The sculpture was primarily done in Super Sculpey and Atlas Epoxy-bond Putty with the base mostly in Fimo. I separated the sculpture into 8 parts making for easy assembly as a resin model kit.

I still like this piece for the subtle movement of the pose though I had always wanted to elaborate further on the base to add more atmosphere. Oh well!


5 Comments

Nick DeAngelo ⋅ 26 December 2012 at 09:34 PM

I remember painting this kit a number of years back as a commissioned piece for my friend Jon Wang.As with most RFTG kits the casting wasn’t exactly great.More so because I think the molds were shot.But I was determined to do an exelent job regardless,I think I spent around forty hours on it and it turned out to be one of my best build ups.Anyway Jack I loved the sculpt and even with the rough casting you’re work on the sculpture shined as an example of what a great kit should be.

John Dennett ⋅ 29 December 2012 at 04:14 PM

Hi Nick,
Thank you on your compliment of the sculpt, that means a lot to me. I’m happy to hear that your determined efforts resulted in a model you were proud of. 
It seems the casting issue that you experienced was not an isolated case unfortunately. Though I received only this one copy pictured, it was an early casting and had a great deal more sharpness than many I’ve seen produced after the initial release.
I have always wanted to revisit this character by personally producing another new sculpture of him.  There are a couple other designs I had considered that I feel would capture the essence and mood set in the film and offer another fresh take as a figure kit. I’m working on other things at the moment but who knows, maybe one night when the moon is full…

Nick DeAngelo ⋅ 13 January 2013 at 05:56 PM

I’m glad to see that you’re still at it and I’m looking foward to what lies ahead no matter the subject matter,a good sculpt is still good even if it might not be my cup of earl grey,but in this sense I have garnerd a more eclectic pallete and a deeper sense of what is trully good,so with that thought hats off to you Jack you are a true maestro!

Brian Goguen ⋅ 17 March 2013 at 08:05 PM

I still love this kit!!

Patrick Murphy ⋅ 02 August 2014 at 01:08 PM

I just bought a copy of this kit off ebay, and was happy to receive a pristine casting. No problems other than the expected flash and a few mold lines. What a terrific sculpt! I really like the old Universal Monsters, and this kit definitely has a lot of fine features. The dynamically posed figure feels very much like an Aurora kit - but a lot bigger. I’m looking forward to building this up, and wanted to thank you for the effort you put into sculpting it. (Now if you can do the same for The Mad Ghoul, I’ll be a really happy camper). wink Thanks!

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