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Invaders, The #31: Review

Feb 1978
Don Glut, Chic Stone

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(Unknown title)

Review & Comments

Rating:
2.5 stars

Invaders, The #31 Review by (January 15, 2019)

Review: Passable tale combining superheroes, Nazis, and Frankenstein isn't particularly interesting or well-done just the usual cliches with a Gestapo uniform put on the Monster. A curio.

Comments: This Frankenstein Monster is a new one, not the original who was the star of Marvel's Frankenstein series. Sole appearance of Dr Basil Frankenstein though the Marvel database identifies him with the baby born to Vincent and Lenore F at the end of THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER #11.

Period Pop-Culture Details: Boris Karloff, John Wayne, “Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here” (song).





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders, The #31 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

While cleaning around Falsworth Manor, Spitfire discovers a Gestapo hat much too large for any human head; Captain America fills her in on its background....

The Invaders were in England when reports came of Nazi activity in the Swiss Alps. Human Torch and Toro went to investigate and never returned. Namor, Cap and Bucky searched for them in a Swiss village and were attacked by a mob of villagers who mistook them for the monsters they were hunting. They related tales of grave-robbing, two fiery being in the sky, and a huge monster on a killing spree and it all pointed toward Castle Frankenstein. Namor keeps an eye on the vigilantes while Cap and Bucky head to the castle where they encounter Nazi soldiers—and the Frankenstein Monster in a Gestapo uniform. On orders from Dr Basil Frankenstein the Monster clobbers the two heroes and locks them up in a dungeon where they find Toro, drugged to keep him from flaming on. Dr F, paralyzed in an accident, explains he is a descendant of the original Dr Frankenstein and has committed himself to the Nazi cause, aided by female Japanese surgeon Dr Kitagowa. They plan to transplant Dr F's brain into Cap's body while pursuing their grand scheme: creating an army of Axis monsters, for which they need Torch's android energies. The flashing lights from the castle are seen in the village so Namor goes to investigate, the mob storms the castle, Namor crashes in to rescue Torch and Cap who fight the now-larger Monster. In the battle the Monster is knocked into an electrical device which shorts out the brain implant that kept him Frankenstein's slave; with tears in his eyes, the Monster grabs Frankenstein and Kitagowa and leaps off the castle roof to their deaths. When the villagers want to burn down the castle, the Torch tells them that he is also an artificial human being and that the castle should be kept standing as a memorial to the heroic sacrifice of the Monster....


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Chic Stone
Bill Black
George Roussos
Joe Sinnott (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Spitfire
Spitfire

(Jacqueline Falsworth)
Toro
Toro

(Thomas Raymond)

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