Friday, October 30, 2009

Frankenstein 007: Teenage Frankenstein

When drive-in movie theaters began cropping up in the 1950s, they attracted teenagers by the hundreds. Hollywood soon realized there was a brand new demographic out there, and began making movies (usually with the word "teen" in the title) targeted specifically for the teen drive-in crowd.

In 1957 Sunset Productions released a movie titled, "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" starring Michael Landon(!). It was so successful on the drive-in circuit that just a few months later American International Pictures released "Teenage Frankenstein" to cash in on the hot new teen monster craze.

When I looked up reference photos for teenage Frank, half of them had his big monster eye on the left, half on the right. As a result I have no idea which side it was on in the actual movie. Since the stills and posters can't even agree, I decided to put his big eye on the side that worked best for my drawing.

The title is hand lettered. I'm practicing every chance I get.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

Here's the digital sketch of Teenage Frank. Originally I was going to have him holding a cigarette, but I couldn't get his hand to look right, so I changed it to a beer. Once vice is as good as another, right?

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