Thursday, September 4, 2014

Super Mates Episode 14: The Bride of Frankenstein and Superman vs. Dracula and Frankenstein

Welcome to the House of Franklin-stein! It’s part one of our blood-curdling horror series, where Chris and Cindy Franklin take a look at some of their favorite classic horror films, and comics featuring super heroes vs. legendary monsters!

First up is 1935’s masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein! Boris Karloff returns as the monster, and he demands a mate! Colin Clive is back as reluctant Dr. Henry Frankenstein, forced to return to his mad experiments at the insistence of his own creation, and the devilish Dr. Pretorius. Both are after an Eve for the monster’s Adam. That’s where the Bride, played by Elsa Lanchester comes in! It’s a hair-raising, hissing film experience brought to you by the original master of the macabre, James Whale. Join the Super Mates for a lively discussion on Universal’s finest hour!

Then it’s off to the dusty longboxes, deep in the House of Franklin-stein to pull out Superman #344. The cover by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (Praise Be His Name) promises a spine-tingling throw-down between the Man of Steel, the Prince of Darkness, and the Modern Prometheus. Does the actual story live up to the hype? It’s by Paul Levitz, Len Wein and Curt Swan…what do you think? 

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Chris (aka Earth 2 Chris) co-hosts the Power Records Podcast with the esteemed Rob Kelly over at the Fire and Water Podcast feed! 

Next time: It’s part two of The House of Franklin-Stein! Jump into blood-soaked color with Hammer’s Horror of Dracula! Christopher Lee is one bad-arse vampire, and Peter Cushing is so good as Van Helsing he makes Hugh Jackman cry! Plus, a super hero comic that ties into this movie in a very cool and unexpected way! Be there!

1 comment:

  1. GREAT episode! As usual, I stopped what I was listening to when this popped on my phone. In this case, I stopped listening to my OWN SHOW, which I was audio proofing. So if there is a mistake in the next WHO'S WHO show, it's your fault.

    I love the Universal Monster movies. I can only assume you are trying some sort of pinpoint marketing aimed at me and my interests. I look forward to SUPERMATES episodes devoted to Bob Dylan, Treasury Comics, and White Christmas.

    Re: the Superman issue: I know that my lack of enthusiasm for the work of Curt Swan is well documented, and I see no need to go over it again here. That said, having that masterful, nightmarish JLGL cover on the book and only to get Curt Swan art on the inside (inked by Chiaramonte, no less, who I also feel was one of Swan's worst inkers) is tantamount to bait-and-switch.

    One final thing to Cindy: as to why we feel the need follow JLGL with "Praise Be His Name" is because I feel he is the single finest comic book artist ever to work in the medium, but does not get the attention and praise of more showier artists like Neal Adams, John Byrne, Frank Miller, etc. I am extremely proud it caught on!

    Finally finally: I will donate $20 the show if Chris does a whole episode in his Solomon Grundy voice.