Frankenstein and the Peculiar Power of the Comics

  • Scott Bukatman
Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)


Comics have an affinity for monsters and a particular affinity for generating monsters that arouse a reader’s empathy. This chapter explores the representational strategies of prose and cinema around Frankenstein’s monster before turning to illustration and comics. Prose excels at presenting subjective experience, while cinema is more attuned to the imprint of the external world. Illustration accompanies printed text with the occasional image, but comics, with more persistent images, uniquely and easily allows the reader continual and intermingled access to both the objective monstrousness of the creature and its less monstrous consciousness. External and internal are kept before the reader’s eyes, giving these representations a complex poignance. Close readings of comics from the 1950s, 1970s and 2000s demonstrate the strategies deployed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott Bukatman
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  1. 1.Department of Art and Art HistoryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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