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After events which parallel that of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, Frankenstein's Creature was assumed dead in Europe when he sank beneath the ice. However, he survived and swam to America, having 'many adventures'. In 1870, he fought Melmoth, the Ringmaster of the Circus of Maggots, and stopped him from destroying a town with maggot-hominids. Exhausted, he sank into the ground.

Seven Soldiers

In 2005, a high school student, called 'Uglyhead' by all the other children, acquires telepathic abilities, which he uses to torment his peers. At the senior prom, the now-docile students are killed by the Sheeda maggot-hominids. This causes the return of Frankenstein, who makes short work of the maggots and the boy, before burning down the school to cover the bodies. Afterwards, Frankenstein makes his way to Mars through an Erdel Gate, where he confronts Melmoth once again. Frankenstein frees the children Melmoth has enslaved to work in his gold mines, and feeds Melmoth to the flesh-eating, praying mantis-like horses of Mars. Yet before he is consumed, Melmoth reveals that it was not lightning that brought the monster to life, but several drops of his own immortal blood, sold to Frankenstein's creator, that still course through Frankenstein's veins.[1]

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Frankenstein's Monster today.

Soon afterwards, Frankenstein meets an old acquaintance, the Bride, who was currently an agent of the Super Human Advanced Defense Executive (S.H.A.D.E.), a secret government agency that temporarily drafts Frankenstein as well. Of their previous relationship, she says, "It's nothing personal, but you were never my type."[2]

Under the employ of S.H.A.D.E., he stows away on a time-ship which brings him to the Sheeda realm in the distant future. There, he destroys their world-destroying fleet, kills the Sheeda-Queen's time-yacht's steersman, and hijacks her ship to the present.[3] Once in the present, though, Klarion gains control of Frankenstein using a witch-brand and forces him to take the castle back to the future.[4]

Infinite Crisis & Final Crisis

Frankenstein appears briefly during the Infinite Crisis, which takes place one week after his previous adventures. He was seen fighting against General Wade Eiling.

Frankenstein later became a senior field agent of S.H.A.D.E. He was present for the raid on the Dark Side Club and played a vital role in the battle of Bludhaven, where his unusual status as an undead being protected him from Darkseid's metahuman ability-draining virus.[5][6]


  • Rotted Physiology: As an undead, Frankenstein is technically immortal, and does not need to eat, drink, or breathe.



  • Vulnerability to Electricity: Frankenstein can be "shut down" if hit with an electrical jolt of the same voltage and frequency as the jolt which first animated him.
  • Vulnerability to Witch Brands: He has a weakness to the witch-brands used by the residents of Limbo Town.
  • Power Limitation: Due to his undead state, he cannot heal from major injuries, and thus such injuries would require replacement parts.


  • Michael's Sword: Frankenstein is armed with a three-foot-long sword, which he claims once belonged to the Archangel Michael
  • Steam Gun: A large antique pistol shaped like a train, which he calls his 'steam-gun'.
  • This character is an adaptation of Frankenstein's Monster, a character from the novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published in 1818. More information can be found in the article Frankenstein.
  • At one point during his planning for the Seven Soldiers of Victory Maxi-Series, Grant Morrison considered giving Frankenstein a black man's left arm, and some of Doug Mahnke's drawings of Frankenstein still show this (most notably the cover of Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1.) [citation needed]


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