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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: IDW Publishing (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600107222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600107221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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. Indeed one can not review each collection separately due to this mix-up. So below are to be found details on each one.

IDW's The Chilling Archive of Horror Comics: Dick Briefer's Frankenstein gives the best overview Briefer's humorous and horrific takes on the Monster, with selections of both. All selections are in color printed on flat comic paper; it is like reading something from the spinner rack at the local 5 & 10. Features: Amply-illustrated multi-page introduction by Craig Yoe. (Each volume of The Chilling Archive of Horror Comics is top-notch and is highly recommended.)

Dark Horse's Frankenstein: The Mad Science of Dick Briefer is a collection of the complete first seven issues Briefer's humorous take on the Monster. All stories are in color printed on flat paper but not comic paper; it is like reading a well done trade paperback. Features: One-page forward by John Arcudi. (This is a very nice collection and is recommended. It is interesting to note that Craig Yoe, the driving force behind IDW's The Chilling Archive of Horror Comics, is given a special thanks in this collection and thus to this reader that shows that this has some of the "B sides" of Briefer's humorous Monster work that Yoe could not fit in the IDW collection.)

Idea Man Production's The Monster of Frankenstein: Dick Breifer's 1950s Horror Comic Epic is a collection of Briefer's 1949-1952 all-horror take on the Monster. All stories are printed in black and white. Features: Three-page introduction by David Jacobs and Afterwords by E.J. Robinson and Alicia Jo Rabins.
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