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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: #1,952,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Well, I bought this book thinking it was going to be in color (I wasn't paying attention), and was initially dismayed to find it was in black and white, but my dismay disappeared as soon as I read the first story. This is the sort of comic that SHOULD be in b&w. It reminds me of all the great old monster movies of long ago. These are pre-Code stories, and while there is violence in them, none of it is graphic, as was the case with EC comics (bloody severed heads, needles going into eyes, etc.) The violence is either muted or left to the imagination, which of course is a lot scarier.

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.
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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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Some prefer Briefer's cartoony version of Frankenstein (which was Briefer's own opinion), but I find it rather bland, if slightly amusing. THIS is the "real" Monster, and serves as an amazing precursor to Marvel's Monster of Frankenstein comic from the 1970s.

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.
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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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