Body Part Substitution (others) – The ability to replace the limbs or other body parts with those of another. Body Part Substitution in general is also known as Anatomical Assimilation, Appendage Assimilation, Frankenstein Power, Limb Replacement, and Organ Replacement.
Literary Critique of Body Part Substitution (others)
Dr. Frankenstein would be the foremost example of someone who had this power although he used technology rather than a superpower to create Frankenstein.
The Patchwork Man is even uglier than Frankenstein (Swamp Thing V1 #3).
There is a DC universe version of Frankenstein.
There is also a Marvel universe version of Frankenstein.
The DC version of Frankenstein is “born” with the ability to make complex sentences unlike the Marvel version that learns to say more than “aargh” later on.
Frankenstein’s Daughter was a movie in which a woman was turned into a Frankenstein monster. I must have been seven when I saw this movie on TV and somehow the idea of a female Frankenstein was much scarier in my mind than a male Frankenstein.
Frankenstein Jr. #1(Gold Key) is superhero version of Frankenstein. Frankenstein Jr. lacks sutures, can fly and absorb and project electricity.
A one shot patch work man in Ghostly Tales #162 (Charlton).
A Frankencracy is a government that uses body part substitution as a means of governance. Baron Karza (Marvel) steals body parts from the living poor and uses this to assuage the rich and stay in power (Micronauts V1 #5).
In the World of Krypton V2 #1 (DC) a much less believable utopian Frankencracy is presented. In this version all Kryptonian citizens are immortal due to cloning but some wonder about the morality of this system. One Kryptonian commits a little incest with a clone of his mom thereby abusing the system and this somehow causes the whole legitimacy of the system to be put in question. Obviously you install more safeguards such as more security measures against the abuse of the system rather than getting rid of the whole system, that presumably has worked for 100,000 years. Also, the reader is supposed to believe that Kryptonians are so noble they will sacrifice their own immortality for clones without a voice much less a vote!
The Island (2005) suggests the very plausible scenario that very rich people have a contract with a private company in order to have a body bank they can use when needed. Organ procurement is real and expensive and people with money do go to the head of the line so this logical extension of this practice using clones makes sense. Cloning technology would allow for more efficient transplant tourism.
Brigade (Marvel) is a 21st Century Frankenstein that is made up of the body parts of a platoon that was blown up in Iraq (Marvel Nemesis – Rise of The Imperfects Official Game Guide)!
A Platonic version of Frankencracy in Franken 9 #1 (2017)
Madame Frankenstein #1 (Image)
If a Frankenstein is good then an Atomic Frankenstein (Dark Horse) must be better (The Atomic Legion).
The cover is an homage to the cover of Swamp Thing V1 #2.
Milenna is a mixture of Edenian Flesh and Tarkatan Blood, so beautiful on the outside but monstrous on the inside (Mortal Kombat 9 Prima Guide, 2011).
100% Biodegradable #1 (Biomekazoik)
Transplants gone wrong are a very popular plot device in horror movies!
Brain of Blood – VHS Insert
The Eye (2008)
Creepy #16 – The Frankenstein Tradition
Eerie #2 – Footsteps of Frankenstein
Eerie #40 – The Brain of Frankenstein
Eerie #125 – Fair Exchange
Spock’s Brain was a clinical, none gory, sf approach to brain transplantation.
DC unlike Marvel had the courage or perhaps stupidity to approach the topic of organ transplantation in the sixties.
Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane V1 #88, “Through a Murderer’s Eyes” published in 1968 basically has the same plot as The Eye (2008).
Lex Luthor (DC) sells Superman’s body parts for money. Why didn’t Luthor just transplant his head or brain to Superman’s body? The Superman plot line came out in 1969 so is more or less contemporaneous with the Lois Lane eye transplant story.
World’s Finest Comics v1 #189
World’s Finest Comics V1 #190
Broken One – TSR 2140A Monstrous Manual
Stitched Devil – D&D 3.5 – Monster Manual V
Bad Company – Kano – 2000 AD #831
Dan Dare – The 2000 AD Years V1 (2015)
Frankencastle (Marvel) – Marvel Fact Files #9
Iron Fist the Avenger – John Constantine V1 (2011)
Jimmy Olsen – Superman’s Pal #89
Judge Dredd – “Frankenstein Division” – 2000 AD #870
Judge Dredd – “The Mega-City Way of Death” – 2000 AD #1111
Judge Dredd – “To Die For” – 2000 AD #1076
Metal Hurlant Collection #2.3 (2011)
Tharg’s Future Shocks – “It’s Alive!” – 2000 AD #717
X-O Manowar #3 (Valiant)
Franken Fran (Seven Seas) is the kawaii manga version of the Frankenstein story!
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