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Now it's all horror all the time and Frank takes a dark, pre-code horror turn. Each issue also includes two back-up horror tales by artists Mort Meskin, Marvin Stein (several), and lots of unknowns. Poor Frankenstein, when he's not killing well-deserving bad guys, he also encounters mummy creatures and a wolfman, is frozen alive, is taken aboard a whaling ship, inadvertently makes friends with a grave-robbing ghoul, and finds an equally horrible mate, who of course he loses to a gun-toting mob.
Bonus material: Roy Thomas unearthed 58 daily comic strips that Briefer put together in the 1970s, adapting what many consider to be two favorite stories from Frankenstein #4, 1946, an offbeat werewolf yarn and a birthday party for Franky, rewriting them into a proposed newspaper strip. Also, monster expert Don Glut provides a wonderfully illustrated introduction that looks at Frankenstein in the comics, from pre-code horror stories in Atlas, Ace and EC, to Classics Illustrated's wonderful adaption with the original art for the incredible cover by pulp artist Norman Saunders. Plus a look at the films, too.
SWriter/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 identified as Frankenstein instead of the nameless monstrosity from Shelley's novel. While earlier issues were pure humor, with these issues Frankenstein takes a dark, sinister turn into pure horror.
Although I find the early humor stories interesting, I have to admit it's these dark, tragic later stories that are my favorites. -Bud
- Additional Information
Item Code FRA07D Publisher PS Artbooks Publish Date 2015 ISBN 9781848638402 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 200pg Color Full Color