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Young Frankenstein

Alias: Unknown

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #38 [2006]

Young Frankenstein Quick Bio: The teenaged man-monster known as Young Frankenstein joined the Teen Titans for a short time after the events of Infinite Crisis. Thecreature’s heroism later led to his death at the hands of Black Adam. But a bolt of lightning revived the behemoth – and Young Frankenstein was free to walk the earth once more.

Teen Titans File Photo:

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History


I Was a Teenaged Frankenstein

Little is known about the well-meaning man-monster known as Young Frankenstein. After the tragic events of the Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans faced a year of turmoil. Looking to bolster their ranks, Beast Boy and Raven welcomed Young Frankenstein to the team.

Young Frankenstein joined the Teen Titans during a desperate membership drive,
as seen in in 52: WEEK TWENTY ONE [2006].

A Hero Falls

With the murders of Black Adam’s innocent wife, Isis, and her brother, Osiris, The Black Marvel Family was destroyed. Seeking vengeance for those responsible, Black Adam cut a swath of destruction across the globe, igniting a world war.

In an attempt to stop Black Adam, Beast Boy and his rag-tag Titans team fought valiantly to contain his rampage. The battle had a terrible cost; Black Adam tore off Young Frankenstein’s arms, leaving the mutated creature to die. Martian Manhunter arrived to feel Young Frankenstein’s last moments bleed away, filled with nothing but pain and fear.

ABOVE: Young Frankenstein makes a fatal mistake in
WORLD WAR III: HELL IS FOR HEROES [2007].

BELOW: Martian Manhunter senses Young Frankenstein’s last moments.

It’s Alive!

While transporting Young Frankenstein’s corpse, an errant bolt of lightning struck the teen monster and reignited his soul. Stitching himself back together, Young Frankenstein walked the earth once more!

Powers & Abilities


The hulking behemoth known as Young Frankenstein possessed enhanced strength and durability.

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Essential Reading


Teen Titans #38 [2006]: The new story arc “Titans Around the World” begins as the Teen Titans journey into the heart of Russia to meet its greatest super-hero: Red Star! On a quest to locate a former member, the Titans head to Moscow to learn how Red Star has rebuilt his life following Superboy-Prime’s rampage and where they can find their lost friend and ally Raven! The “One Year Gap” Titans membership is revealed in a double page spread. First appearances of Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas Y Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris and Riddler’s Daughter. First appearance of Joto as Hotspot. One Year Gap Titans include: Beast Boy, Raven, Speedy, Kid Devil, Ravager, Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring, Miss Martian, Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas, Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris, Riddler’s Daughter, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Argent, Hotspot [a renamed Joto], Mirage, Flamebird and Red Star.
World War III: Hell Is For Heroes [2007]: The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Zatara, Offspring, Talon, Young Frankenstein, Hawk & Dove and Terra – confront a rampaging Black Adam in Greece. Black Adam brutally kills both Young Frankenstein and Terra.
DC Infinite Halloween Special [2007]: The inmates of Arkham horrify each other with terrifying tales involving Superman and zombies, Batman and vampires, Robin and werewolves, Aquaman and witches, Flash and the dead, and more! In the 2-page story, “In Stitches”: After being killed by Black Adam, a lightning bolt revives Young Frankenstein.

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Young Frankenstein character sketch by Tony Daniel.

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The One Year Gap Titans


“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
- Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans were Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is informed that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”

Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the group. They would come and go, most only serving on the team for a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Then, Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.

The “One Year Gap Titans” from TEEN TITANS #38 [click to enlarge].

Geoff Johns elaborated in an interview with Newsarama: “I wanted to shake the team up, and I was nervous doing it. I knew the reactions would be “Ravager?!” and “Who the #@$% is Kid Devil?” But because of Superboy’s death, it forced us to take chances, and I’m glad. For a long time our line-up seemed to look like the former Young Justice kids smashed together with the New Teen Titans. It was great for the first three years of the book but it was time for something new. And the OYL to me seemed like an opportunity, and a requirement, to seriously alter the status quo. Top on character development and mysteries and set the stage for the next year of adventures, with an emphasis on new characters and revamps like the Doom Patrol and Titans East.”

“In the comics themselves, the Teen Titans lost several of their members. Including a lot of main ones. Superboy. Kid Flash. Starfire is still missing. Cyborg was out of it. So since then, Beast Boy did his best to keep the team growing and stable, but it wasn’t working.”

“The Titans went through, I think at last count, 24 members during the missing year. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. Some members were previous Titans others were teens that Cyborg – and us – have never heard of before including Zatara, Miss Martian, Talon and Power Boy among others. Some of these we’ll be meeting in the next arc.”

The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:

1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:

18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

Young Frankenstein Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”

  • The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
  • Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans and current-Titans gather for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership. [52w32]
  • Black Adam ignites World War III. [52w49]
  • The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Offspring, Talon, Young Frankenstein, Hawk & Dove and Terra – confront a rampaging Black Adam in Greece. Black Adam brutally kills both Young Frankenstein and Terra. [ WWIIIp3: Hell is For Heroes]

For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.



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