Thursday, September 1, 2011

Frankenstein v3 #1 - Mike Ploog art & cover (1st Ploog Frankenstein)

Frankenstein v2 #1 marvel comic book cover art by Mike Ploog
Frankenstein v2 #1 marvel comic book page art by Mike Ploog
(Monster of) Frankenstein v3 #1, 1973 - Over the past three decades, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein had been adapted for comics by various publishers, starting with Classics Illustrated. In the 1970s, Marvel took a turn and handed the artistic reins over to Mike Ploog. The artist had recently proven himself on Marvel Spotlight with similar characters like Werewolf by Night and the Ghost Rider. Ploog's visceral style matches the characters and settings and perfectly, from the monster's horrific birth on page 14 to the torrential rain pounding a sailing ship on page 28. These and other scenes combine to make this first issue among his best bronze age works. The cover and story were later reprinted in Power Records #PR-14. This is number 1 of 6 Frankenstein issues with Ploog art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ploog or Frankenstein issues. See also this blog's Ploog checklist or Top 10 Ploog comics.
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Ploog cover pencils and inks = ****
Ploog story pencils and inks 20 pages = *****
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1 comments to date:

Kid said...

I'm lucky enough to have all 18 issues, but not all of them were drawn by Ploog. I liked the Buscema issues - once whoever it was stopped changing the Karloffian face Big John drew.