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With issue #18, the stories took on a far darker tone and became straight horror, in keeping with the boom in horror comics at this time. Poor Frankenstein was once again the tragic figure, and watch out folks if you mistreated him or what few sympathetic acquaintances he came across. Death and destruction was the payback from our boy, and lots of it. Stories include "World of Monsters," "Satan and the Sailor," "Tomb of the Living Dead," and "Tomb of Death!" Also includes backup horror stories by Mort Meskin and others.
The big changeover from humor to horror begins with "Rebirth of the Monster." In early 1949 issue #17 appeared, with the final humor stories. The title then took a sabbatical until March 1952, two full years, when it restarted in the horror vein with a new storyline and a new protagonist who's dogging our anti-hero's footsteps. Personally, these are my favorite stories from this title, with something in common with the similarly dark work by the notorious Fletcher Hanks from a decade earlier.
Writer/Artist Dick Briefer's Frankenstein is widely regarded as being America's first ongoing horror series. Indeed, it was Briefer's work that probably caused the creature to be actually named as Frankenstein instead of the nameless monstrosity from Shelley's novel. Splitting the stories between two stools--humor and horror--Briefer's tales are absorbing and unsettling in equal parts. Some of the humorous material has already been reprinted, though not necessarily in order nor in total. Until now, of course!
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Item Code FRA06H Publisher PS Artbooks Publish Date 2014 ISBN 9781848638174 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 224pg Color Full Color
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