MARVEL'S MONSTER MASH

MARVEL'S BRONZE AGE STRUGGLE WITH
THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER

 

The following is a portrayal and analysis of Marvel's adaptation of the Frankenstein Monster during the foray of the House of Ideas into the horror genre during the Bronze Age period of the 1970s. Although quite successful with other themes of the genre, Marvel's handling of the classic monster became more of a struggle than anything else, despite some very promising conceptual ideas.

 

Part One deals with the origins of the Frankenstein theme, Mary Shelley's novel, the visual conceptions in movies and early comic books, and the first appearances of the Frankenstein Monster in Marvel comics of the 1960's "silver age" period. Part Two is entirely devoted to Marvel's 1970's "bronze age" period comic book The Monster of Frankenstein (renamed The Frankenstein Monster after five issues) and provides an in-depth portrayal and analysis. Reading both parts will provide a broader understanding of the theme and its adaptation.

MARVEL'S MONSTER MASH (I)
The origins of the Frankenstein theme and the development of its visual concepts

MARVEL'S MONSTER MASH (II)
Marvel's 1973 - 1975 The Monster of Frankenstein

The illustrations presented here are copyright material and are reproduced for strictly non-commercial and appreciative review purposes only.
Text is (c) 2005-2009 Adrian Wymann

page originally published on the web 10 September 2008
revised and posted to panelology.info 27 December 2009