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The Frankenstein Monster note  was a Marvel comic which followed the exploits of Frankenstein's Monster, from his creation in mid 1800s to his reappearance in The '70s. Unsurprisingly, there are many monsters to be battled along the way.

The Monster also made several appearences in creature-centric Anthology Comic Monsters Unleashed, which showcased his further adventures after his revival in the seventies.

Was adapted into a anime movie in 1981.


The Frankenstein Monster provides examples of:

  • Bears Are Bad News: The Monster gains its signature vest by killing a bear which attacks him and taking its fur.
  • Burn the Witch!: After the Monster leaves Antarctica, the first thing he is greeted with when he comes in conatct with civilization is a woman tied to a mast of a burning boat.
  • Comicbook Adaptation: First three issues adapt Mary Shelley's novel by telling it through flashbacks, obviously changing the ending a bit so that the Monster lives on for more adventures.
  • Covers Always Lie: Much of the covers rely on classic "rampaging monster" imagery, with women in peril and taglines screaming about terror and destruction. The Monster rarely takes part in these types of shenanigans.
  • Dead Guy on Display: When the Monster is discovered in the modern times, his barely living body is stolen and is placed in a sideshow attraction.
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  • Death by Childbirth: Vincent Frankenstein's wife dies while giving birth to his son as he mucks about in his laboratory.
  • Epigraph: Issue five has a quote from CCR song "Bad Moon Rising" in its first page.
  • Eyepatch of Power: The Monster fights an old warrior who has an eyepatch covering his right eye and a weighted bag in the place of his right hand.
  • Fight Dracula: After he is tricked to help in reviving Dracula, The Monster uses his gathered knowledge on vampires to fight him.
  • For Science!: Robert Walton IV searches out the frozen Frankenstein Monster to learn the secret for Creating Life.
  • Giant Spider: When the Monster finds his way into Castle Frankenstein, he finds out that it has been made into a center of an Evil Plan; a giant mutated spider is held within, and its venom is used to create an army of slaves.
  • Human Popsicle: The Monster is discovered encased in ice in the first issue.
  • The Igor: Vincent's assistant is a hunchbacked man named Ivan, who is also a brute who's almost as tall and strong as the Monster.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Monster finds it saddening and angering when he is referred to as "it".
  • Left Hanging: The series ends with the Monster being captured and meeting another living descendant of Dr. Frankenstein. The continuation of this story-point was featured in two issues of Iron Man two years later.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Clone-Creature (or Night-Creature, the writing is bit inconsistent in that regard) is created from two dozen different animal DNAs, with the boar and alligator parts being most prominent in its actual appearance.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The Monster in the issues set in 70s would always display a displeased sneer.
  • Public Domain Character: The Monster, appearing like it did in the book.
  • Savage Wolves: A pack of hungry wolves attack the monster, but they are quickly dealt with.
  • Third-Person Person: Ivan, a simple brute who works for Vincent Frankenstein, refers to himself in third person.
  • This Was His True Form: After the Monster kills the werewolf in the fifth issue, it reverts back to human to reveal that it was in fact the woman he had protected throughout the story.
  • Two Decades Behind: The Norwegian village that the Monster ventures into in 1898 still uses Viking rowboats for travel.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Since he is constructed from dead flesh, the Monster has a light blue skin.
  • The Speechless: The Monster loses his ability to speak when a vampire bite tores his larynx.
  • Wham Line: After the Monster destroys Dracula, a voice off-panel speaks to him.
    "Good morning. I understand that you've looking for me... My name is Vincent Frankenstein!"
  • Whole Costume Reference: The monster's clothes resemble what he was wearing in Son of Frankenstein.
  • "You!" Exclamation: When the Monster meets with his creator in 1858, he lets out a "You!" Retelling of this events in the next issue turns it into even more melodramatic "Not you! Not now!"

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