Sunday, October 17, 2010

Little LuLu meets Frankenstein

John Stanley should be on any list of the best comic book writers, particularly when discussing the often (and often justly) maligned area of dialogue. Stanley was, along with Walt Kelly and Carl Barks, one of the Dell triumvirate, three legendary talents who managed to turn the sugary dreck of kids' comics into sharp, smart, funny, medium-pushing stories.

So it's with no disrespect that I point out that Dick Briefer came up with this story idea more than a decade before Stanley. I don't know if this is a case of great minds thinking alike or another example of the old but still useful rule: immature writers borrow; mature writers steal.

Either way, both stories stand up wonderfully one their own. Check them out for yourself and make sure to leave yourself some time leaf through some other delights at Stanley Stories.

Life's too short not to.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I wish I could find the late 1950s remake of this story, which Briefer did for an apparently failed newspaper version of Frankenstein. The similarities between this story and the Lulu piece I posted are startling.