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