The more I think about it, the less likely it seems that these folks would get together protect humanity from … anything. So what are they doing? Wilbur might still be interested in calling his “father” to Earth but I doubt that Frank (I’m just going to call him that – typing “the Frankenstein Monster” every time is tedious) or Helen would think that was great idea. Maybe they are planning a heist?
I didn’t plan to post this image on Christmas Day. I schedule posts for Sundays and Wednesdays. I finish coloring an image and then put both the black and white version and the color version into the queue. I finished coloring this one on November 7th. The next available slot for posting was today.
Three beings of improbable, one might even say miraculous, birth sharing fellowship. We are all monsters to someone. And we all need a place to call home, if only for moments. So, no, I didn’t plan to post this image on Christmas Day but it seems like an appropriate choice.
Merry Christmas to all you monsters. May you have rest and companionship today. Amen.
From left to right – Wilbur Whateley, the Frankenstein Monster and Helen Vaughn. I did a portrait of this trio last year. I didn’t think I did them quite the justice they deserved so here’s another attempt.
This version of the Frankenstein Monster is inspired by the comics of Dick Briefer. Briefer did both serious and humorous versions of the creature.
There have dozens, perhaps hundreds, of adaptations of the novel Frankenstein since it was first published in 1818. In the novel the creature is an articulate, complicated being. Sometimes, in literature and comic books, that creature is represented. Until Penny Dreadful I had not seen that creature in film or television.
Penny Dreadful is tv series that mashes up characters from various early horror stories. Mina Harker, Dorian Gray, Doctor Van Helsing, and others make appearances. Among the principal characters are Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The creation, who calls himself John Clare after the poet, is not a good physical depiction of the novel’s creature. He’s short (compared to the original’s eight foot height). He’s got some scars and a pale complexion but he’s hardly hideous.
But his personality is spot on. He’s melancholy. He’s murderous. He wants to be loved. He’s afraid to be loved. He haunts his creator and inflicts mayhem upon him, yet he is shy and nervous with the rest of the world. If Penny Dreadful did nothing else well I would love it for this creature.