Blah Blah Blog – Your Name is Frankenstein

A post from my Marvel blog of years gone by, this one re-presenting a classic story from 1953. As I’ve already done an entire separate write-up on this story elsewhere on this page, I’ll simply direct you to

rather that reposting the pages yet again here.

Your Name is Frankenstein

June 23, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General

Things are returning to normalcy around here now that we’re back to having a full crew complement. But this is going to be a short week for me, as I’m flying out to Chicago for Wizard World on Friday.

But just so you don’t think I’ve abandoned you (and because it’s easier than coming up with something to write about), here’s a classic old story from Marvel’s pre-hero golden era, back when the outfit was called Atlas. It’s a little five-pager that Stan Lee and Joe Maneely cooked up for MENACE #7 in 1953, and it foretells, in its way, elements of the eventual Marvel style. A decade later, and this would have been a short Hulk story.

Joe Maneely died in 1957 at the age of 32, falling between the cars of a moving train while making his way home after an evening on the town. Those who knew Joe spoke of his speed and versatility, and how–as Stan’s favorite collaborator at that time–he’d have played an important role in the Marvel Age had he not died. This short story gives you a glimpse as to how that might have been.

More later.

Tom B

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