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SECRET ORIGINS OF FRANKENSTEIN - CHAPTER 9 of 18
The INCREDIBLE HULKENSTEIN!
Reader, this is an 18-issue series about The Frankenstein Monster, and this is issue nine in the series. We're halfway home, rushing toward the greatest climax ever seen in comics! A little something for you Kirby fans in that statement. Speaking of Jack Kirby...

Frankenstein was Stan Lee and Kirby's inspiration for Old Greenskin! You don't believe me? Thank you for reading Dial B for Blog for the first time! OK, if you insist, I'll prove it. Let's start with the earliest renditions of old Greenskin, such as the one seen below, the splash page of Hulk #1, art by Jack Kirby. Look at early Hulk. Who does he remind you of?
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This splash page from Hulk #4 is positively Frankensteinian!
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TALE OF THE TAPE

The names tell the tale. Dr. Banner's lab assistant is Igor. Hulk's girlfriend is Betty, a short form of Elizabeth. And while Frankenstein is hounded by angry, torch-wielding villagers led by various burgomasters, Hulk is hounded by soldiers from the US army, led by Betty's father, Gen. Ross. The General's nickname is "Thunderbolt" Ross, also the name of the source of power for the Frankenstein Monster. Super-infographic time!
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INCREDIBLE, huh? And there's even more. Like the Frankenstein Monster, the early Hulk was often found wandering through bleak stretches of land, such as deserts, or forests. Below, a flat-headed Hulk penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Steve Ditko stalks the swamps, from Hulk #2, 1963...
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If you still don't believe me, here's the ultimate proof -- Stan Lee on video stating outright that the Frankenstein Monster was his inspiration for creating the Hulk. Take a look, look takers!
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In September 1963, Hulk joined his fellow Marvel heroes in The Avengers...
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...a team with many similarities to the Universal Monsters team.
Click the fake cover below for a giant, printable version!
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The Monsters will be returning later in this series, by the way. Something to live for! And we're not done yet. Frankenstein had a hugely popular model kit, so the Hulk had to copy him. Below is the original artwork used on the box for the 1966 Hulk model by Aurora. It was drawn by a comic book superstar. Can you name the artist?
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BELOW: The box featuring the art above, which was drawn by NEAL ADAMS!
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This Ben Cooper Frankenstein Halloween mask could easily double as a HULK mask!
(If the Hulk wore lipstick, and had very large, bolt-like piercings.)
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The Hulk finally met his match in Monster Size Hulk #1.
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An interior page showing the Monster(s).
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And, for no particluar reason, here's a Hulk pin-up by Walt Simonson.
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To finish our look at Hulkenstein, here's a two-minute clip from the 1965 Hulk cartoon, with old Greensking looking his most Frankenstein-ish. It tells the Hulk's origin, complete with the kitschy Hulk theme song. If you don't watch it, the Hulk may get angry. You won't LIKE him when he's angry. But you know that, don't you. SO CLICK NOW!
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