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A 'Frankenstein' timeline -- From Mary Shelley's novel to recent movies ''Weird Science,'' ''Re-Animator,'' and ''Frankenhooker''

From novelist's dream to modern icon, here's Frankie through the ages.

1816
Mary Godwin inspired to write FRANKENSTEIN during an all-night blowout with fiance Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.

1908
First, silent filming of story, starring somebody named Charles Ogle as the monster.

1931
FRANKENSTEIN typecasts Boris Karloff as hulking goon for life.

1935
James Whale's THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, still the best sequel ever made, followed by three further Franks.

1948
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN makes story relevant to youth of the day.

1957
I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN makes story relevant to youth of the day.

1964
THE MUNSTERS debuts on TV. Fred Gwynne typcast as hulking goon for life.

1966
JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER stumbles over genre boundaries.

1971
General Mills introduces FRANKENBERRY cereal.

1973
BLACKENSTEIN strikes for cheap exploitation-movie civil rights.

1974
Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is first Frankenstein film to feature monster singing ''Puttin' on the Ritz.''

1985
THE BRIDE and John Hughes' WEIRD SCIENCE make story relevant to youth of the day. Both films bomb; youth of the day are watching RE-ANIMATOR.

1990
Ultimate safe-sex cautionary tale: Frank Henelotter's FRANKENHOOKER.

Originally posted Apr 12, 1991 Published in issue #61 Apr 12, 1991 Order article reprints
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