Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #118

Issue Date: 
December 1992
Story Title: 
(1st story) Wolverine & Venom in Claws and Webs: Part 2 of 6 – “Dream are Made of This?”

(1st story) Howard Mackie (writer), Sam Kieth (artist), Janice Chiang (letterer), Mike Thomas (colorist), Terry Kavanagh (editor), Mark Powers (assistant editor), Tom DeFalco (editor in chief), Sam Kieth (Wolverine cover art), Steve Lightle (Ghost Rider & Iron Fist cover art)

Brief Description: 

(1st story)

On the astral plane, Wolverine and Venom engage in battle with each other, distrusting why the other is there. However, when Venom hears a young woman calling out for help, he takes off. Wolverine gives chase and finds Venom protecting a young woman from a group of jungle cats. Determining that the woman is his ticket to get to Nightmare, Wolverine helps Venom. When the woman suddenly takes off, Wolverine begins to give chase. However, before he can do so, he is impaled on a nearby tree by Venom, who proceeds to attack him, claiming he is the hero of this dream… which makes Wolverine is the villain.

Full Summary: 

(1st story)

Pinning Wolverine to the ground, Venom tells him to get out of “their” way and out of “their” head. Wolverine replies by saying he doesn’t know what Venom is doing there, but he’s in his way. This is all Nightmare’s doing. Just then, Wolverine kicks Venom off of him. Getting up, Venom tells him yes, but he is the reason they were brought there. They don’t like people playing in their minds so he must die… Just then, a voice calls out “noooooo, hellp!”

Watching Venom run off, Wolverine wonders where he took off to. He thought he was one of Nightmare’s flunkies. Nightmare is on to his scheme with Professor X to get him out of his mind once and for all. The professor is helping him face Nightmare on his own terms for a chance by giving him some solid form to fight Nightmare with. For some reason, Nightmare’s been trying to get inside his head lately. He’s been invading his dreams and playing with his mind. And he doesn’t like it. But this time he made a mistake. The Professor is on to him. This isn’t taking place in Nightmare’s realm. This isn’t Nightmare’s realm. It’s a separate astral plane. That is the Professor’s bailiwick. And now, Nightmare, when they meet the next time it will be by his rules. And he doesn’t have any rules.

Just then, Wolverine picks up more than Venom’s scent. Peering through the weeds, Wolverine sees Venom standing over a young woman, surrounded by a number of large jungle cats. Wolverine remarks that Nightmare is outdoing himself and he intends to find out why. Standing over the young woman, Venom tells the large cats “here puss, puss, puss.” If they want a piece of the lady, they have to go through them. Seeing a lion step up, Venom starts singing “Ooh! In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion doesn’t sleep tonight.” When the lion jumps at him, Venom stops it and tells the young woman that everything is going to be fine. The king of the jungle has met his match.

Just then, the young woman cries out again. Leaping into action and attacking the jaguar, Wolverine tells Nightmare nice touch, she looks like Mariko. That’s a wound too fresh to play around with. But he’s going to see this through, use her to get to him. As they both do battle with the jungle cats, Venom tells Wolverine that he’s not going to do anything with the woman. If she is connected to Nightmare, and they doubt it, she’ll take them to him for saving her life. Wolverine remarks that an attitude like that belongs in a dream dimension.

At that moment, the young woman runs off screaming. Wolverine notices her and says she’s rabbiting. He has to… Before he can finish his thought, Venom flings him up against a tree and into a branch that goes through Wolverine’s chest. As he does so, he tells him that he’s got to nothing. Venom proceeds to then jam Wolverine’s claws into the tree. With Wolverine stuck, Venom tells him that, if this is a dream, then they’re the hero and that makes him the villain. So, he’s dead. Slashing him across the face with his claws, Venom tells Wolverine that there are some things as sharp as his claws.

Characters Involved: 

(1st story)

On the Astral Plane:



Unnamed woman

In Wolverine’s memories:


Professor Charles Xavier

Story Notes: 

This issue also includes:

2nd story – Giant-Man in “Rest and Sweet Glory”: Part 6 of 6 – “Complementary Principle”

3rd story – Ghost Rider and Iron Fist in “Legion of Vengeance” Part 6 of 6 – “Vengeance is Ours”

4th story – Doom 2099 in “Muses of Fire”

“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion doesn’t sleep tonight” is a take on the song “The lion sleeps tonight.” This song was originally recorded in 1939 and has been remade many times since. It is well known for being in the animated Disney movie “The Lion King.” “The Lion King,” however, was not released until 1996, four years after this issue was published.

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