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Frankenstein comic book For decades Marvel Comics, as well as other publishers, were forbidden by the Comics Code to portray the classic movie monsters in a horrific setting - i.e., the way they were meant to be portrayed. During the Monster Craze of the 1960's, only such titles as Archie and The Adventures of Bob Hope could portray a werewolf or Frankenstein's monster, since they did so in a humorous way that was acceptable.

Changes in the Code at the beginning of the Bronze Age of Comics allowed publishers to once again start telling stories of monsters in their classic format - thus allowing Marvel to launch such titles as Tomb of Dracula, and Frankenstein.

The title ran 18 issues, between January 1973 and September 1975. It began with a four-issue retelling of the original Mary Shelley novel, by writer Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog. Several more issues continued the character's story into the 1890's, until he was placed in suspended animation and revived in modern times in issue #12. The series sold poorly during its run.

Artist Mike Ploog drew the first 6 issues, self-inked except for issues #4-5, which were embellished by Marvel production manager and occasional inker John Verpoorten. The following 4 issues were penciled by John Buscema. After a final Friedrich-written issue, drawn by Bob Brown, the creative team of writer Doug Moench and penciler Val Mayerik brought the Monster from the 19th century to the present day, beginning with issue #12 (Sept. 1974). The duo continued through the final issue, with Bill Mantlo rather than Moench writing the finale.

The character also appeared in Marvel's black-and-white magazines Monsters Unleashed and Legion of Monsters.