Frankenstein (Dell Comics)

Frankenstein  was a fictional Dell Comics superhero based on the iconic Universal Pictures versions. The comic book character is Frankenstein’s monster . The other two characters were Dracula and the Werewolf .

Frankenstein  lasted three issues, numbered 2-4 (Sept. 1966- March 1967). Issue # 1 had been a 1964 adaptation of the 1931 movie . Art was by Tony Tallarico and Bill Fracchio .

Created in 1866 by a reclusive scientist referred to as “the Doctor” who has a greater intellect and the strength of fifty men, Frankenstein lies dormant for over a hundred years under the ruins of an abandoned castle near the large modern American metropolis of  Metropole City  . Upon awakening thanks to a convenient lightning bolt , he gives a lifelike rubber mask to hide the fact that his white-haired and black-browed head has pale green skin (the rest of his tall, muscular body has a normal Caucasian flesh tone) takes the name ”  Frank Stone  “, a pseudonyminspired by a fallen chunk of masonry with the word “FRANK” engraved in it.

Befriending the millionaire philanthropist  Henry Knickerbocker  after rescuing him from a traffic accident (and who, by an amazing coincidence, is the son of a man who had been his long-dead creator’s friend and business partner), when the old man dies from a heart attack he leaves his “nephew” Frank his vast fortune, allowing him the financial freedom to devotees his life to being a scarlet-suited superhero.

Only his devoted butler  William  knows his secret, the neighboring blond busybody  Miss Ann Thrope  suspects that handsome brown-haired playboy Frank Stone is really the secret identity of the crew cut and craggy-faced crime fighter Frankenstein and is constantly trying to prove it. His archenemy is the amazingly ” Mini-Me ” -like midget mad scientist  Mr. Freek  who likes to ride around the shoulders of his huge and extremely powerful pet gorilla  Bruto  .

The series was lampooned by Big Bang Comics with their superhero character,  Super Frankenstein  .

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