Frankenstein Friday: World of Monsters!
Dick Briefer's Frankenstein series went on hiatus for about three years. The last issue of the comedic, cartoony Frankenstein, #17, was in 1949. In 1952 the character was revived to be more like he was conceived in the movies, an inarticulate, grunting beast, not totally human. This was during the horror comics boom of the early '50s. Frankenstein isn't quite like other horror comics because of the recurring character, but also because there isn't a whole lot of horror going on!
This story, "World Of Monsters," is a tale incorporating elements from H.G. Wells' The Island Of Dr. Moreau, (the human girl created from a wildcat), and Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, (a mesa with dinosaurs). There's also a panel of the Frankenstein Monster in hand-to-hand combat with a dinosaur, which brings King Kong to mind.
With all of those influences the story promises to be interesting, and it maintains that level of interest for its thirteen pages. The Frankenstein Monster seems almost a secondary character in the story, which seems more interested in the relationship between the reporter, Frost, and the wildcat-girl, Kit. The interjection of the Monster brings the final resolution.
I'm not a good enough art spotter to tell you whether Briefer actually drew the story. He signed it, but it's different enough from his cartooning of the former series that it's hard for me to spot parallels in the artwork. Later stories I have show more boldness in the inking, more detail in the shading. The artwork in this story is pretty much just linework without a lot of shading or detail. It's good enough to tell the story.The revived series ran to issue #33 in 1954. I only own issues #21, 23 and 33, which contain a total of four stories. After I've posted those four, Frankenstein Friday will end. It's been a fun run for me. I like the character and I enjoy being able to bring these stories to you.
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