December 10, 2007

The Covers of Frankenstein : House of Frightenstein No.1

Not to be confused with TV’s Hilarious House of Frightenstein, this is a one-shot comic book published by AC Comics in 1994.

Main feature is a black and white reprint of Dick Briefer’s classic Frankenstein strip “The Monster’s Mate”, originally published by Prize Comics in 1953. Unfortunately, the art is badly manhandled, the panels cut up and repositioned, some are stretched or tilted to eat up space, adding 2 pages of jigsaw padding to the strip’s original 13-page length. The name Frankenstein is replaced with Frightenstein in the word balloons.

The issue carries another vintage horror strip and a 5-page photo-feature on Forry Ackerman’s Ackermansion. The cover Monster wears a full-head mask by Cinema Secrets — “Scare the crap out of your baby sister!” — available by mail-order.

Halfway between a monster mag and a comic book, this one is, at best, a curio.


rob! said...

wow, Gwenyth Paltrow!

Wich2 said...


"I had that!"

(And your review is spot-on...)

Happy Holidays,
-Craig W.

David said...

I think AC Comics was, at the time, trying to copyright Briefer's monster for appearances in their concurrent FEMFORCE title; hence, the name change. The character showed up in a couple of issues, and I remember a few other reprints of the '50s stories along the line in Halloween-themed one-shots and the like.

Karswell said...

I have this issue too. Despite the fun cover most of these AC horror reprints are real hit or miss.