the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
fun take on the classic Frankenstein's Monster
featured the fun-loving, wouldn't-harm-a-fly Frankie,
with his mad scientist father - Professr Cube - at Mildew
Manor. Poor old Frankie didn't know his own strength
constantly ended up trashing all and sundry. He was
blissfully ignorant of the truth. You see, the Professor
(aka "Dad") was forever scheming up ways in
rid himself of his way-too-nice offspring. Only, this
a Fleetway strip, they would inevitably backfire with
Frankie was a true blue toon star. Perhaps, even THE
star of the Fleetway era, although, if the truth be known
the munster wasn't a Fleetway creation at all. He was born
in the pages of Odham's Wham! comic in 1964. But
Odhams were bought out by Fleetway, and they resurrected
Frankie in 1973 to become the shining star of Shiver
As we all know, Shiver & Shake didn't hang around
When that classy comic folded Frankie moved into Whoopee!
and a year later - and with his popularity soaring -
given a second weekly role as "Editor" of
Monster Fun comic.
Regular Holiday Specials and Annuals followed too..
Frankie's metamorphisis over the years proved quite fascinating.
Ken Reid's Wham! and Shiver & Shake original was
gormless creation. But by the time Frankie found
his way into
Whoopee!, Robert Nixon was holding the pen and
softer strip design, with the accent shifted on to Frankie's
innocence. Although other artists had a go at Frankie in
those accompanying specials and annuals they never quite
matched up to those Reid and Nixon classics.
will remember that Frankie's "Dad", Professor Cube
was also successful enough to spawn his
in the specials and annuals...
Frankie's Star turns
Stein Holiday Specials
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Book of Frankie Stein
as Cover star
& Shake Annual
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984