Thursday, June 07, 2007

House of Mystery: Frankenstein Covers?

As I was continuing to look through some of my comic book boxes, I came across these two books. The makeup from Universal's classic Frankenstein movies has had a big influence on the image of a monsters. Comic book artists are notorious film fans. It is easy to see the resemblance to, Universal Studio makeup artist, Jack Pierce's interpretation of Frankenstein's creature in these two covers from the early 1960s.

One of the more famous superhero characters from the 1960s is the Hulk. The original artist for the Hulk was Jack Kirby. He obviously based his design for the character on the image of a movie Frankenstein. This 1973 cover from the Hulk #163 is by Herb Trimpe. The similarity to Frankenstein is still present; but by this time, the Hulk in action does not resemble the movie's lumbering monster.

art @ DC Comics, Hulk @ Marvel Comics

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