Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Merry Marvel's Frankensteins!
Mary Shelley's famous and frightening creation met the Uncanny X-Men in late 1967, but it turned out the Frankenstein's Monster depicted here by George Tuska was not the real deal, but a robot built by aliens. Sheesh!
Update: It was brought to my attention by Britt Reid (see comments section) that a later reprint of this comic had the Tuska Frankenstein head altered by Marie Severin. I'm a bit fan of Marie's work, but in this instance her more "human" Frank face is less menacing.
Later in 1968, Norrin Radd runs across the infamous creator, or at least his heir Ludwig and finds himself the victim of the Frankenstein family's genetic predisposition to meddle with Mother Nature. This cover and the rejected variant (which I prefer but understand why it was rejected -- not enough Surfer) are both the work of the great John Buscema.
Finally in 1971 Marvel unveils the real McCoy, giving the epic saga of Frankenstein and his "Monster" their own ongoing comic. Mike Ploog was tapped to give...er...life to the saga, one I've long regarded as the greatest ghost story ever written.