Publication Dates: 1945 – October-November 1954
Number of Issues Published: 33 (#1 – #v5#5 (33))
Dimensions: Standard Golden Age US, later issues Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: newsprint
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Dates: March-May 1963 – March 1967
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: Color Covers; Color Interiors
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age U.S.
Publication Dates: January 1973 – September 1975
Number of Issues Published: 18 (#1 – #18)
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Cover title: The Monster of Frankenstein (#1-5); The Frankenstein Monster (#6-18).
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
There have been many comic book adaptations of the Frankenstein monster story created by Mary Shelley in her 1818 novel Frankenstein. Writer-artist Dick Briefer presented two loose adaptations of the story in the Prize Comics series Prize Comics and Frankenstein from 1940 to 1954. The first version represents what comics historians call American comic books’ first ongoing horror feature.
In Prize Comics #7 (cover-dated Dec. 1940), writer-artist Dick Briefer (using the pseudonym “Frank N. Stein” in the latter role) introduced the eight-page feature “New Adventures of Frankenstein”, an updated version of 19th-century novelist Mary Shelley’s much-adapted Frankenstein monster. Considered by comics historians including Don Markstein as “America’s first ongoing comic book series to fall squarely within the horror genre”, the feature, set in New York City circa 1930, starred a guttural, rampaging creature actually dubbed “Frankenstein” (unlike Shelley’s nameless original monster).
In Prize Comics #11 (June 1941), Briefer dropped the “Frank N. Stein” pen name of the previous three stories and introduced Denny “Bulldog” Dunsan as Frankenstein’s ongoing antagonist. Prize Comics #24 (Oct. 1942) pitted the monster against Bulldog and publisher Prize Comics’ superheroes the Black Owl, the Green Lama, and Dr. Frost; the non-superpowered teens Yank and Doodle (“America’s Fighting Twins”); and the namesake characters from the humor feature “General and the Corporal”. As with many comics characters of the time, the monster found himself in the European theater of World War II fighting Nazis.
Frankenstein was the main character in a short-lived attempt by Dell Comics to publish superhero comic books based on the iconic monsters, based closely on the Universal Pictures versions. The comic book character is based on the literary and movie monster 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.
Frankenstein’s Monster is a fictional character based on the character in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The character has been adapted often in the comic book medium. This version is that published by Marvel Comics.
The first appearance of Frankenstein’s Monster in the Marvel Comics Universe came in the five-page horror comics story “Your Name Is Frankenstein”, by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Joe Maneely in Menace #7 (Sept. 1953), from Marvel’s 1950s forerunner, Atlas Comics. The following decade, a robot replica of Frankenstein’s Monster appeared as an antagonist in The X-Men #40 (Jan. 1968), by writer Roy Thomas and penciler Don Heck, and was destroyed by the titular team of mutant superheroes. The actual Monster first appeared in Marvel Comics continuity in a cameo flashback in “The Heir of Frankenstein” in The Silver Surfer #7 (Aug. 1969), by writer-editor Lee and penciler John Buscema.
Frankenstein Valentine Stickers 1966
Monster of Frankenstein 1-5
Dell 1-4, Horror Classics, Marvel v1 1-11
Marvel v1 12-18, Prize Comics 1-5
Prize Comics 6-13
Prize Comics 14-26
Prize Comics 27-33