Frankenstein (DC Comics)

Frankenstein  is a fictional DC Comics character based on the Frankenstein’s monster character created by Mary Shelley .

Publication history

Frankenstein was created in 1948 by Edmond Hamilton and Bob Kane in  Detective Comics  # 135.

A later reworking was developed by Len Wein as the  Spawn of Frankenstein  concept. The monster fell under the thrall of Count Dracula . They often battled against Superman , Batman , or the Phantom Stranger .

Frankenstein’s latest revamping was created by Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke in 2005 and is similar to Doc Frankenstein . He is one of the Seven Soldiers , and bears a resemblance to the creature as portrayed by Boris Karloff in the 1931 film directed by James Whale .

Fictional character biography

Frankenstein is an undead body composed of several bodies stitched together, created by Victor Frankenstein some time in the 19th century. He was assumed dead in Europe, but he survived and swam to America, having ‘many adventures’. He was revived by Victor Adam, and vowed revenge for restoring him to life, successfully killing him, but accidentally bringing about a coma for Doctor Thirteen’s wife, Maria, in the process.  [1]  In particular, Frankenstein became a frequent enemy of Melmoth , who he referred to as the Ringmaster of the Circus of Maggots. In a climactic battle in the year 1870, Frankenstein faced Melmoth and stopped him from destroying a town withmaggot -hominids. The fight took place on a moving train, which was derailed during the conflict, and Frankenstein’s fate was unknown.

In 2005, a high school student, called ‘Uglyhead’ by all the other children, acquires telepathic abilities through contact with the Sheeda, which he uses to torment his peers. At the senior prom, the now-docile students are killed by the Sheeda maggot-hominids. This causes the return of Frankenstein, who had survived in a state of hibernation underneath the town, who makes the work of the maggots and the boy, before burning down the school to cover the bodies. Afterwards, Frankenstein tracks down Melmoth and makes his way to Mars through an “Erdel Gate” (a reference to Dr. Saul Erdel who first transported the Martian Manhunter to Earth). On March, the monster confronts Melmoth once again. Frankenstein frees the children Melmoth has enslavedto Work In His gold mines , and feeds Melmoth to the flesh-eating , praying mantis -like horses of Mars. Before he is consumed, Melmoth reveals that he has not been brought to life by the monster to life, but that he is still alive, Frankenstein’s creator, that still runs through Frankenstein’s veins.

In the third issue of the series, Frankenstein meets an old acquaintance Greatly Resembling the “Bride” in James Whale ‘s  Bride of Frankenstein  , albeit with two extra arms grafted onto her by the Red Swami, a supervillain Who brainwashed her into thinking She Was the reincarnation of an assassin goddess.  [2]  She is now an agent of the Supreme Human Advanced Defense Executive ( SHADE ), a secret government agency, which includes Frankenstein as well. Of their previous relationship, she says, “It’s nothing personal, but you were never my type.”

In the final issue, it is time to ship to the Sheeda realm in the distant future. There, he destroys their world-destroying fleet, kills the Sheeda-Queen’s time-yacht’s steersman, and hijacks her ship to the present. Once in the present, though, Klarion gains control of Frankenstein using a witch-brand and forces him to take over the castle back to the future.

He appears briefly in  Infinite Crisis  # 7, which takes place one week after the Frankenstein miniseries. He is seen fighting against General Wade Eiling . Frankenstein is armed with a three-foot-long sword, which he claims belonged to the Archangel Michael , and a large antique pistol, which he calls his ‘steam-gun’.

A character called Young Frankenstein has appeared in  Teen Titans  as a member of the team during the “Lost Year” covered by  52  . Young Frankenstein is apparently killed by Black Adam during WWIII , but actually survives as shown in the  Infinite Halloween Special  and  Countdown to Mystery  # 2.

Frankenstein and SHADE appear in  Final Crisis  # 3, also written by Grant Morrison. He again appears two issues later, leading to a squad of superheroes against Darkseid ‘s forces, who are led by Kalibak . He is also seen in the final issue of fighting in humanity’s last booth Superman gets the Miracle Machine working. Frankenstein is immune to Darkseid’s weapon, the Anti-Life Equation , because he is already dead.

Frankenstein confronts Solomon Grundy in the latter’s current limited series, and again during the  Blackest Night  .  [3]  Grundy, having been transformed into a Black Lantern , Frankenstein’s heart rips out, Frankenstein survives this attack.  [4]

As part of The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe), a new ongoing series  Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE  was released, based on the Seven Soldiers version of Frankenstein. It was initially written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Alberto Ponticelli . Matt Kindt and Alberto Ponticelli, with the issue 16 and stayed with the book until it was canceled.  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  The character later joined the Justice League Dark .  [9]

The character appears next in the DC Rebirth Superman series written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason .

Powers and abilities

Frankenstein is undead, composed of assorted body parts taken from dozens of different sources.  [10]

Frankenstein has superhuman strength, does not need to eat or sleep, and is functionally immortal.  [11]  He has access to the SHADE database via a surgical implant.  [12]

Because of its nature, Frankenstein can replace or reduce the size of a person with similar physiology.  [13]

Other versions

Flashpoint

In the alternate timeline of the  Flashpoint  event, Frankenstein was awakened during World War II and Nazi soldiers to save Lt. Matthew Shrieve. Later, Frankenstein is invited by Project M to join the Creature Commandos . Leading a raid with the Creature Commandos, Frankenstein personally killed Adolf Hitler . After the end of World War II, however, Project M was deemed obsolete by Robert Crane’s government services. Frankenstein refuses to accept, but is subdued and put into stasis by the GI Robot. Later, Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos revive and escape from their prison and they have been awakened over 65 years later.  [14]  Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos to Gotham City , where Dr. Mazursky might live and believe him to be alive. The Creature Commandos found Dr. Mazursky’s cabin, however they discover that Dr. Mazursky has moved to Romania , when Creature Commandos are ultimately ambushed by Matthew Shrieve’s granddaughter, Miranda and a group of soldiers. Frankenstein attacks the soldiers, but he was sprung by the GI Robot to be subdued again. Creature Commandos saved Frankenstein by tearing the GI Robot apart. During the attacks, Creature Commandos are saved by Frankenstein ‘s wife, who is eventually alive. [15]  Bride explains to her husband that she is working as an agent of SHADE . Later, Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos then travel to Romania with Miranda, who was being manipulated by General Sam Lane , who is revealed to be the one truly responsible for the deaths of Miranda’s family. They arrive in Romania, where they found a small village populated by monsters. The village is then attacked by GI Robot. After they destroy the GI Robot, Frankenstein, Bride and Miranda from the Creature Commandos and participate in the Atlantean / Amazon war.  [16]

In other media

Television

  • Frankenstein appears in  The World’s Greatest Super Friends  episode “The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein.” He is one of the creations of Dr. Frankenstein, who is a descendant of Victor Frankenstein. When Batman and Robin Attack Frankenstein’s Monster, Dr. Frankenstein ordered his monster to lure Batman and Robin to Frankenstein’s Castle in order to trap them. When Batman and Robin short circuit Frankenstein’s monster, Dr. Frankenstein arrives and traps them while thanking them to give him an idea for his next creation.

Video Games

  • Frankenstein appears as a playable character in  Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham  , voiced by Fred Tatasciore .

Collected Editions

  • Showcase Presents : Phantom Stranger Vol. 2  includes Frankenstein stories from Phantom Stranger (Vol.2) # 22-30. 1-4012-1088-0
  • Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE Vol. 1: War of the Monsters  (Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE # 1-7)
  • Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE Vol. 2: Secrets of the Dead  (Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE # 0, # 8-16)

References

  1. Jump up^   The Phantom Stranger (vol.2) 23-24
  2. Jump up^   Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein # 3 (April 2006)
  3. Jump up^   Superman / Batman # 66 (November 2009)
  4. Jump up^   Superman / Batman # 67 (December 2009)
  5. Jump up^  “The Dark- September DC solicitations” .  The Source  . DC Comics.
  6. Jump up^   Renaud, Jeffrey (June 8, 2011). “Lemire Discovers the Dark Sides of” Animal Man “&” Frankenstein ” ” . Comic Book Resources . Retrieved September 1, 2011 .
  7. Jump up^   Truitt, Brian (September 12, 2011). “It’s alive! Frankenstein electrifies DC Comics’ ‘New 52 ‘ ” .  USA Today  . Retrieved September 22, 2011 .
  8. Jump up^  “DC Cancels” Blue Beetle, “Three Others in January” .  Comic Book Resources  . October 15, 2012.
  9. Jump up^   Justice League Dark # 13
  10. Jump up^   Frankenstein: Agents of SHADE # 5
  11. Jump up^   Frankenstein: Agents of SHADE # 0
  12. Jump up^   Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein # 4
  13. Jump up^   Frankenstein: Agents of SHADE # 5
  14. Jump up^   Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown # 1 (June 2011)
  15. Jump up^   Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown # 2 (July 2011)
  16. Jump up^   Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown # 3 (August 2011)

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