Perfect pop culture bliss: Frankenstein reading comics!
Glenn Strange and comic Ole Olsen ham it up for Universal’s publicity department. That’s Batman No. 23, with a cover showing Batman literally checkmating The Joker, done in the Bob Kane house style by George Roussos. The comic, cover dated June-July 1944, hit the stands in April, which coincides perfectly with Glenn Strange’s two-week gig on House of Frankenstein. Olsen, of the comedy duo Olsen and Johnson, was busy shooting Ghost Catchers on an adjacent set.
Worth noting: Strange was paid a measly $500 for two weeks of work on the film. You couldn’t buy a copy of Batman No. 23 with that kind of cash today.
A year later, reclining in the makeup chair, Glenn Strange enjoys Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy. Look closely at the comic, there’s Flattop, the bizarre hitman character based on real-life killer ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’. Strange must have felt a certain kinship with the cranially-challenged character.
In another photo from the same Fall of ’45 session, Strange is reading Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates while makeup man Jack Pierce finishes up. The mud-splattered makeup was used when The Monster first appears in House of Dracula, stuck in dried-up quicksand.
The Monster: Glenn Strange