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Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (Library of Horror Comics Master) Hardcover – October 26, 2010
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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The comics themselves are particularly fascinating because they show the evolution of the character from story to story, year to year. Starting in 1940 when the American comic book was still in its infancy, the earliest story is a crudely drawn, fairly straight retelling of the Mary Shelley tale. By 1941 the art has improved markedly, but it's still in the gothic horror genre. The next one is drawn a little differently yet. Briefer's style changes with virtually every story. It's as if he was trying not to use the same style twice!
By 1945 the comic undergoes a complete metamorphosis, changing from straight horror to comedy-horror. At this point the character of Frankenstein's monster has more in common with Herman Munster than with the comics from just a couple years earlier. Briefer uses a much looser line and the stories are charming and silly. In 1952's story we see another transformation back to horror, but this time with carefully rendered scenes of violence and mayhem as was the trend in the 1950s.Read more ›
The dark Horse collection is much longer than the Craig Yoe collection, and contains only the humorous Frankenstein stories (it collects all of Frankenstein issues 1-6 from 1945-1946).
We are living in a Golden Age of vintage comic archiving, with innumerable classy and well-produced tomes re-presenting long-lost gems from our pop culture past. Marvel Masterworks, DC, Dark Horse...other smaller presses like PS and Fantagraphics...
...we now add YOE Books in conjunction with IDW.
This is a beautifully constructed book. A bold, no-DJ cover with die-cut eye-holes is a delightful way to get you to open the book.
Inside, there is a slightly over-effusive, but decent mini-bio on Briefer...it is to Yoe's credit that I wanted this part to be longer.
Then there are the comics, large scale reproductions from the original comics (not remastered, re-colored...re-anything-ed) with yellowed paper and faded colors. These look like what you would get if you scanned the original page, and printed a high resolution copy on impossibly thick stock.
I LOVED it. I prefer my old Spideys or FF's to be glossy and spruced up, but somehow these books look better THIS way.
I enjoyed the tonal shift...from the sinister horrific origin tales that open the volume, to the cartoony, funny-book comedy of the middle books, and then back to the serious horror stories to end the book.
This book is a sampler...a few issues from each era, spanning Briefer's work with this character.
My big problem? Now I want them ALL.
I also went and ordered the remaining volumes in the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics, which I can't wait to sink my teeth into...
And, as long as I'm wishing, I would like all the later horror-driven stories to be collected in a one or two volume set with the deluxe treatment. I have the cheap black and white book available through Amazon, but would pay for something more durable (this would not need to be in color unlike the humorous stories). Some day...
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Amazon has the various collections of Briefer's Frankenstein work listed as different editions of the same book but they are not and each is a very different collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Higgins
This is so much funnier than I would have expected. I tend to buy older books for the art. Briefer's ironies do not really date. Nicely absurd.Published 7 months ago by Charles Coulter
I loved this! This comic book version of Frankenstein was something I'd been wanting to see more of for years since finding a partial jumbo magazine featuring it along with other... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joseph F. Nelson
An interesting book with all stories Frankenstein related, both serious, and comic. My only complaint is the poor color registration. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R Merhar
Beautifully designed volume, particularly the novel double cover with the interchangeable eyes. About the only fault is that it's an incomplete, although wonderfully... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Allen Kracalik