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Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1320 on: December 01, 2017, 01:04:57 PM »
WEEK OF 11-29-17:

FRANKENSTEIN [by Dick Briefer], in:
 * PRIZE COMICS #7 (Dec 1940) to #44 (Aug 1944) [8 pages each = 288 pages]
 * FRANKENSTEIN #18 (Mar 1952) to #33 (Nov 1954) [230 pages]

Wow, what a wild ride. Frankenstein... the novel, the movies, the creator of life OR the monster he created, have always fascinated me, and every few years I find myself returning to the Frankenstein mythos with renewed enthusiasm. Frankenstein's monster would seem like an unlikely protagonist for an ongoing comic book feature, especially since in both of Briefer's versions he's an unrelenting murdererous maniac with a deep-rooted hatred for all mankind. Those were two completely unrelated different versions of Frankenstein's Monster (and Briefer also did a third, humorous version as well -- which appeared in both Prize Comics #45 to #68, and concurrently in the first 17 issues of Frankenstein, from mid-1944 to the end of 1948). Hard to decide which one I liked better, but the WWII version was possibly a little more outrageous and surprising in its inventiveness. In the later early-1950s self-titled comic book, the monster never speaks, like his Universal Pictures counterpart, but in the Prize Comics series, he's an articulate and intelligent fiend, like the monster in Mary Shelley's original novel. Unlike most comics of the era, there's actually a loose continuity connecting the Frankenstein stories in Prize Comics. From 1943 to 1944, the Prize Comics Frankenstein feature took some strange turns. Finally captured and put on trial for his crimes against humanity in the August 1943 issue, the case for the Frankenstein monster is argued by a scientist, one Professor Carrol, who successfully pleads his case and is allowed to reform the monster in a social experiment using drugs and therapy; the monster is given new clothes, plastic surgery, and even attends grade school briefly, before becoming a wartime production factory worker -- but all of this is just a prelude to the Monster being kidnapped and brainwashed by the Nazis and turned into a Gestapo SS enforcer! My mind boggles at the thought of Universal Pictures' Frankenstein's Monster ever taking such an original tangent. But the whole thing with the arch-evil villain reforming... how often did that happen in 1940s comics (or any other decade's, for that matter)?? As an odd ending to his career in comics, after the Comics Code Authority put the kibosh on the '50s horror-comics boom, artist/writer Dick Briefer found new work for a couple of years in the mid-50s drawing dozens of Jughead stories for Archie Comics, before moving on, more or less permanently, to the more lucrative (or at least more stable) world of advertising art for the rest of his life.

JIMMYS BASTARDS #5
SPY SEAL #4 (of 4)
BLACK MAGICK #9
MYSTIK U #1 (of 3)
MOON KNIGHT #189
KILL OR BE KILLED #14
SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & THE LEGION OF EVIL #2 (of 4)
B & V FRIENDS WINTER ANNUAL #257
ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #284
RICK & MORTY #32
POWERPUFF GIRLS: BUREAU OF BAD #1 (of 3)
UNCLE SCROOGE #32     
BABY HUEY #90 (Aug 1970)
DEVIL KIDS starring HOT STUFF #18 (1964)
CAPTAIN HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE: DIMENSIONAL VOYAGE VOL 02 TP
SAUCER STATE #5 (of 6)
X-FILES: JFK DISCLOSURE #2 (of 2)
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY #1
STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1-4
HAPPY HOUR IN AMERICA #1
DR. RADAR #1
« Last Edit: December 01, 2017, 01:53:39 PM by DeCarlo Rules »

 


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