Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frankenstein the SuperHero "Programmed for Death"

...actually, we haven't seen this battle, and there's a good reason for that, which will be revealed shortly!
A criminal computer can control humans' thought processes...including Frankenstein, whom it uses as a super-powered slave until he is freed by his butler and aide, William!
As Frankenstein plans his counter-attack, nosy reporter Ann Thrope is taken captive by the computer's men.
When Frankenstein attempts to invade the computer's base of operations, he's trapped.
With its' hq's location no longer a secret, the diabolical device prepares to move to a new base...
Doc Savage had the same idea decades earlier, resulting in his Crime College, where he performed brain surgery on criminals to achieve that result!
The end of the digital device's criminal career is from Dell's Frankenstein #3 (1966), written by Don Segall and illustrated by Bill Fraccio & Tony Tallarico.
Next Week:
The Return of Dracula the SuperHero!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Frankenstein the SuperHero "The Trap"

...so let's continue as Alfred...I mean William...deals with Vicki Vale...I mean Ann Thrope...before considering how to help The Batm...I mean Frankenstein...
Will Frankenstein get free and stop the Criminal Computer!
Will Ann Thrope escape...and file her scoop?
Tune in...TOMORROW!
Same Frank Time!
Same Frank Blog!
(One hint, the weirdest is yet to come!)
This odd, never-reprinted, combining of Superman and Batman tropes is from Dell's Frankenstein #3 (1966), written by Don Segall and illustrated by Bill Fraccio & Tony Tallarico.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Frankenstein the SuperHero "No One is Safe!"

Once more, we return to the super-strong hero with a secret identity and nosy girl reporter...
...bet you thought we meant the Man of Steel, eh?
Can the Criminal Computer's hold over Our Hero be broken?
Will Miss Thrope discover Frankenstein's secret identity?
For the answers to these and other questions...
...be here tomorrow...
...Same Frank Time!
Same Frank Blog!
One hint...the silliest is yet to come!
This odd, never-reprinted, bit of Silver Age Comic history is from Dell's Frankenstein #3 (1966), written by Don Segall and illustrated by Bill Fraccio & Tony Tallarico.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WereWolf the SuperHero "First Howl" Conclusion

...he's about to burst into dynamic, daring action!
Next: The Return of Frankenstein the SuperHero!
Of the trio of monster-based superheroes created for Dell Comics by the team of writer Don Segall and artists Bill Fraccio and Tony Tallarico, WereWolf was the least like his monstrous "inspiration".
Considering Dell was not a member of the Comics Code Authority and could use a werewolf (whether mystical or scientific), it seems odd they didn't do so.
There are rumors that a second batch of monster superheroes based on the Mummy, Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon were proposed and some preliminary art had been done, but poor sales doomed the "second wave".
At any rate, no evidence of any such work has ever been unearthed.
WereWolf, like Frankenstein and Dracula, lasted only three issues.
Trivia: Due to the fact they didn't use "Wolf Man", WereWolf wasn't a continuation of an existing title like Frankenstein and Dracula (both of which began their superhero versions with issue #2s), WereWolf runs #1-3, instead of #2-4 as the others do!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WereWolf the SuperHero "First Howl" Part 1

...he had just been given his codename "wereWolf" as well as the garb voted "Easiest to Draw SuperHero Costume in Comic Book History"!
Thus prepared, he becomes the 1960s version of a couch potato...
Is WereWolf's mission over before it's begun?

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