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The Monster of Frankenstein Paperback – July 25, 2006
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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.
The Monster doesn't have a line of dialogue, yet Briefer managed to give him a distinct personality. Amazing. Despite the Monster's brutal behavior, you'll find yourself taking his side. These are moral tales about man's fear of the unknown, and the lethal mistakes people make when they fail to try to understand it. React badly to the unknown, and the unknown will come back to bite you. And in our troubled times, the spirit of the Monster is all around us, all the time.
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.
An amazingly mature work, considering the time period of the early 1950s. At times it compares favorably to even the EC horror comics, and isn't as dependent on the often-predictable "twist" ending.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its a really good series, sure. I'm just sayin, since this here book gives us the entire collection of Dick Briefer's horror Frankenstein , couldn't they have published it in the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Douglas B. Barr
REMEMBER THIS HORRIFIC COMIC SERIES FROM THE FIFTIES. I SWIPED SOME OF THESE FROM MY OLDER BROTHER ONE DAY. AFTER READIN THEM I COULDN'T SLEEP CALMY FOR NIGHTS ON END.Published 18 months ago by cordwainer7
a "modern" classic of comic history and would recommend to any comic book fan or frankenstein fiend although wish it was in colorPublished on September 14, 2013 by David R.
I was somwhat dismayed with the reprint look of the book, but it did answer some questions I had about some of the monster's storeis.Published on January 25, 2013 by German
The book arrived promptly, and is cleanly and clearly printed. The collection of Briefer's Frankenstein is encompassing, however I would have liked to have seen a couple example... Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Mac Buddha
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... Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by Andrew L. Baron
This collection of the classic Dick Briefer Monster of Frankenstein comics is an indispensable addition to any horror comic fan's collection. Read morePublished on March 9, 2009 by Douglas
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. Read morePublished on November 21, 2008 by Jeffrey A. Dickinson
Dick Briefer is an under-appreciated genius and this is some of his best work. My only gripe is that it's not in color.Published on August 4, 2008 by KORY A. SCHAUBHUT