I've -ahem- briefly discussed Dick Briefer's Frankenstein before, mentioning that it was an excellent if uneven series that suffered from a lack of thematic consistency, veering wildly between two very divergent tones of humor and horror. I've recently had a chance to explore it further, thanks to Golden Age Comic Downloads. I thought it might be interesting to compare a scary Frankenstein story with a funny Frankenstein story and see which holds up better. Here then, are two stories, both by mister Briefer, from the first and thirty-second issues of Frankenstein respectively.
First, from Frankenstein #1, "Frankenstein and the Mananimals" a look at the light, wacky side of Frankenstein:
A few years later, Frankie is singin' a different tune, and the feature has taken a grimmer tone as Briefer took Frankenstein back to his horror roots in a series of gruesome terror yarns. "The Beautiful Dead" was originally published in Frankenstein #32:
Gruesome, isn't it? Interesting how the same creator came up with two so very different spins on the same character, eh? And as far as I can tell, these take place in the same "continuity", with the monster simply being in different moods at different points in his life. I think I prefer merry, whimsical Frankenstein, but what do you think, readers? Discuss in the comments!
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