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Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (Library of Horror Comics Master) Hardcover – October 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600107222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600107221
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard "Dick" Briefer was an American comic-book artist best known for his various adaptations, including humorous ones, of the Frankenstein monster. Under the pseudonym Dick Hamilton, he also created the superhero team the Target and the Targeteers for Novelty Press. Dick Briefer studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan and debuted in comic books in 1936. In December of 1940 Prize Comics #7 first published Briefer's eight-page feature "New Adventures of Frankenstein", an updated version of the much-adapted Frankenstein monster created by Mary Shelley in her 1818 novel Frankenstein. The author lives in Hollywood, Florida. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The books compiled by Craig Yoe are beautiful.
Quinton K. Peeples
This book is a sampler...a few issues from each era, spanning Briefer's work with this character.
M J Heilbron Jr.
The reproduction is appropriate and the die-cut cover is awesome.
R. Franks

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Burd on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's been said before that Yoe Books has set the standard for deluxe reprints of vintage comic books, but it bears repeating. In Dick Briefer's Frankenstein all the Yoe trademarks are there: excellent reproduction from the original printed pages, high-quality paper and deluxe hardcover binding, and a beautifully designed package. As usual, there's a nice historical essay, this time comprising 16 pages of facts and observations about the comic book and its creator with lots of impossibly rare art. In addition, there's a nifty die-cut cover that lets the monsters eyes show through and gives a nice surprise when you open it. I don't see how it could have been done better.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Franks on October 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding collection / overview of Briefer's Frankenstein comics, from the early horror angle to the comedic take then back to horror again. The reproduction is appropriate and the die-cut cover is awesome. Well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Am I glad I decided to check out this initial volume of Craig Yoe's horror comics archive series! I had absolutely no exposure to Briefer or this Frankenstein series. Since I'm both a comic geek and horror fan, I plunked down a few shekels, and the book was delivered shortly thereafter.
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...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew L. Baron on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The packaging really is wonderful, and as the previous reviewer noted, the reproduction is appropriate. I don't really have quibbles with what's here. It's great, BUT - I do wish that there was a book that compiled all of the humorous stories in one or two volumes. The amount here gives a good taste, but is not as immersive as I would like.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quinton K. Peeples on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The books compiled by Craig Yoe are beautiful. You don't need to be a Frankenstein fan to appreciate the care given to this book. But if you are interested in this kooky, and sometimes creepy interpretation of The Monster, then there is no better way to experience Dick Briefer's wonderful work.
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