The Frankenstein Monster
The Frankenstein Monster comes from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, or to go too deep for Ectocontainment, The Modern Prometheus. My earliest memory of “Frankenstein” comes from Fred Gwynne playing Herman Munster, a comedic portrayal of the Frankenstein “monster” on The Munsters. I don’t know if my dad always watched the original run during the ‘60s, he was certainly watching during the 1980s. Long before my parents bought me my own television, it was one of the shows we could bond over. When I was older, still not quite aware of the novel I knew of Universal’s classic Frankenstein. Thanks to their theme parks, I’m pretty sure I met the guy. I’ve still never really seen any movie about Frankenstein or read the novel. I once watched a History documentary, that counts for something.
Kenner’s version of big Frank has most of Frankenstein’s classic look. From skin color, electric “bolts,” clothes, (by the way I think we both have the same Fruit Of The Loom t-shirt) and the “walk.” The only differences with the look that I can tell is maybe with the eyes and the head. This Frankenstein doesn’t have a flat head (either rights issue or perhaps make this version more fun) and is sporting some version of the Mohawk. A-Team might have been on the minds of Kenner employees. With the “missing” hair, wonder if it’s from the original electricity that brought Frankenstein to life in the first place. I doubt most kids would have made that deduction. What else could it be? You would think a guy with Frankenstein’s wealth could afford the best barber.
The Frankenstein comes alive by squeezing its knees. The figure is so tall, just squeezing its legs won’t do. This raises the arms for the classic Frankenstein pose. Its mouth will open wide. I don’t remember the Frankenstein’s mouth opening wide. I guess a guy that big needs to be able to eat a lot when he isn’t trying to scare townspeople.
An accepted ghostly version of Frankenstein was part of the second season episode Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster.
Episode Reference: Ghostbusters Wiki