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The Monster of Frankenstein Paperback – July 25, 2006

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Excellent...Dick Briefer's legendary Frankenstein series ran for 33 issues from 1945 to 1954. The first 17 issues were fun, silly stories drawn in a very cartoony manner, while the remaining issues of the series turned somber and grim, and more realistic to fit in with the darker 50's pre-code horror tone that was all the rage at the time... [This collection features] the more disturbing and violent glimpses into the tortured existence of Briefer's infamous Frankenstein creation. -- THE HORRORS OF IT ALL
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Idea Men Productions (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419640178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419640179
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am the author of over three dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Mafia's Greatest Hits, The Complete Idiots Guide to the FBI, and Snakes on a Plane: The Complete Quote Book.

Other non-fiction titles include The Shield: Notes From The Barn - The Elite Strike Team Files, Best of Court TV Volumes I-IV, and the western Big Iron.

I am also a longtime member of the Mystery Writers of America.

In 2006, I founded a new publishing company, Idea Men Productions (IMP)- a media company dedicated to spearheading a new wave of mass marketing entertainment.

IMP Titles include: The Crime Doctor, The Monster of Frankenstein, The Zombie Factory, Klan Ku Klux Klan: America's First Terrorists Exposed, Tales of Terror, and Hellcats, Vixens, & Vicedolls: Women, Crime, and Kink of the Fifties.

Be on the lookout for some of my new projects for 2008 including: Convicts, Jailbirds and Reform School Girls: Crime and Punishment in the 1950's and Hoodlums, Hopheads and Hepcats: Rogue Males of 1950's Crime.

For both old and new fans alike, I promise a wild ride for the year including new visions of true crime, military intrigue and horror - so stay tuned!

David Jacobs
2008

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 6, 2006
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I bought this book because I am a long-time fan of comics. When the book arrived, I skimmed through it and found it to contain just what I had hoped for......original comics of the Monster of Frakenstein.

I saw that there were some 16 complete issues, enough to allow me to savor one per day. However, by the third day, I was reading three.

What these issues did for me was to return me to an era when comic book authors provided readers with an opportunity to develop and explore their IMAGINATION. Just as reading a good book gives you the power to decide for yourself what the author intends as opposed to a movie producer's INTERPRETATION of the authors words, so too this compilation allowed me to use my own IMAGINATION to determine how horrible and yet sensitive the monster could be. I did not need lighting and music to set my mood. I saw these stories through the camera of my own mind.

Especially enjoyable are some of the sterotypical lines in the voice balloons that actually provide a note of humor to a situation of horror. For example, a village peasant uttering the line, "get torches." Or, tracking the monster's footprints to the cemetery, where they disappear in the area of the Frankentein family vault where the door is observed to be open. "...and be ready for anything." (I'll leave it for you to guess who's inside.) And an attitude that expresses the mentality of the villagers when a volunteer with an incurable disease attempts to inject the monster with a serum, "Too bad, but Radek would have been dead in a few months anyway."

I bought a book to remind me of my childhood dreams and nightmares, and was rewarded with a treasure of well written, well drawn 1950's comics. Rabin's wonderful rememberances of her grandfather author/illustrator were most poingent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maria G. Williams on August 28, 2006
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The Monster of Frankenstein is one of the best representations of the Golden Age of Comics out there. Having long been a fan of Dick Briefer's work (I even own a few issues), it is nice to see that someone has finally put together his horror work into a definitive compilation. When one takes into consideration the time at which Briefer's work came out (the early 1950's), it is easy to see why comic-fans will develop an even deeper appreciation for this timeless material. Another nice touch was the supplemental commentaries. I especially enjoyed the memories shared by Alicia Jo Rabins (Briefer's granddaughter).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick Santa Maria on November 11, 2006
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If you love Frankenstein's monster and great comics then this is the collection for you! It's beautifully put together, the introduction by David Jacobs is informative and funny, and the stories are more fun than a barrel of spare body parts. HIGHLY recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie C. on August 25, 2006
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This book is a shining star, one of the most clever depictions of the Frankenstein monster in all his gruesomeness! I was definitely entertained by the characters and storytelling - a great tribute to 50's horror genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve on December 20, 2006
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The Monster of Frankenstein was an incredible comic book in the 1950's, and I am ecstatic that someone put together a graphic novel of Dick Briefer's work.

The 1950's were an amazing time for comics...the Allies had been victorious in WWII, America had it's first atomic weapons, and the comic book industry was hungry for material that represented the new age of horror in comics. The Monster of Frankenstein fit the bill in his battles against werewolves, zombies and man.

A must have for all fans of comics or horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill7704 on August 21, 2006
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When this book came out, I was blown away! I always been a Dick Briefer fan and tried to collect the original issues of "Monster of Frankenstein" but at $80+ a piece my collecting was not growing as fast as I would have liked. Now, I can enjoy all stories and artwork, while I track down the original online.

If you have not heard of this comic or Dick Briefer before, and are into comics, pick this collection up - you will not be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Dickinson on November 21, 2008
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I had read a couple of Dick Briefer's humorous stories of Frankenstein in different anthologies(there's one in Art Out of Time)and enjoyed them.
They in no way prepared me for this version which is a straight on horror comic. Briefer manages to give the monster a sympathetic personality without softening him and comes up with some very clever plots. The one where the monster is frozen in ice and put on a publicity tour is great.
The art is shot from issues of the comic and could have been sharpened a little-but who cares when the drawings are so alive. I had no idea Briefer was this good.
The only reason I'm not giving it five stars? The cover where someone did a crummy job of coloring one of the drawings in Photoshop. Too much modeling has ruined comic coloring-look at Hellboy to see how a comic should be colored. Alright, I'm done ranting. If you like horror comics order this-it's a forgotten classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew L. Baron on November 11, 2010
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I've compared this to a number of 50's horror collections (EC included), and I believe that this outshines them all for sheer creepiness, ability to disturb and storytelling abiity. It just doesn't get better in terms of well-plotted, organically-conceived horror (in any era). I can't believe the things that Briefer got away with!

Unlike Briefer's humorous Frankenstein stories, I don't think that these more serious stories gain anything by being in color, so the black and white format doesn't bother me and, in fact, is a plus. However, I would like a more deluxe format some day - larger and on better paper.
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