Extra, extra! Read all about the Bolt from Lowe’s!

A remarkable Synchronicity, with both bearing today as publication date, found by Andréa, who asks if it could be that Scott Hilburn and Mark Parisi are the same person. Also noted by zbicyclist, Targuman, Boise Ed, and maybe others!

The overlap of details is unusual, but then again notice things like whether the nationalities are given as proper-adjectives or nouns.


  1. Not only is there the noun-adjective difference, but different countries. I suppose that with Halloween just a couple of weeks away, multiple comics involving Frankenstein’s monster are to be expected, but I liked the Off the Mark one better because of the Lowe’s bolt. Had they both used that, it’d be the Lowesest common denominator.

  2. I was going to say, it’s a relief to see a Frankenstein bit that doesn’t waste time on whether he need to be called Monster. But then noticed, the name isn’t used at all. Either way. We just go from his appearance to the backstory, without making a stop at identity.

  3. I noticed that in neither cartoon did Dr. Frankenstein apparently deriveany monster parts from a Norwegian. Now I can’t decide if I should on behalf of my ancestry be pleased or insulted about that. (How about “tongue”? Any nationality that can tolerate lutefisk *belongs* in a monster.)

  4. @ Shrug – I’ve never been confronted with the stuff, but my understanding was that “lutefisk” is not a challenge for the tongue, but for the nose.
    P.S. Garrison Keillor once described as a “delicacy beloved by all Norwegians, who nevertheless eat it only once a year“.
    P.P.S. Speaking of Norway, is “Keera” (Ann Fox) still with us?

  5. It’s been a long time since I read the book, or saw any of the early movies (that might have been closer to the facts). But I don’t recall them (Dr F and is assistant — Igor?) ranging all over Europe picking up parts. Yet both these cartoons seem to show that.

    No, I didn’t mean “closer to the facts” as if it were True Crime writing. What the heck did I mean then?

  6. In addition to the similarity of the jokes, the greenish skin tone used by the two artists appears to be identical. However, when I checked the RGB values (146/194/160 vs. 133/192/158), I was surprised to discover that the syndicate’s color palette actually provides two different (but indistinguishable) “Frankenstein Flesh” colors.

    P.S. @ “parts” – In the “Hotel Transylvania” movies, there are a number of various gags about other characters being related to various parts of the “Frankenstein” character.

  7. People come from all different places, so not everyone buried in the same area has the same genetic origins.

  8. @Mitch4: In the book, Dr. F has no assistant; he gathers all of his “materials” — both those for study purposes and later those for actually building the monster — by himself, and as you say there’s no indication he ranges all over Europe for them, especially since he seems to need to bring everything to his own secret laboratory. In the 1818 first edition the process is described in chapter 3 ; in the 1831 revised version in chapter 4.


    Some quotes (essentially the same in both versions) below are about as close as Dr. F gets to describing the process, which he deliberately keeps vague:

    “I see by your eagerness, and the wonder and hope which your eyes express, my friend, that you expect to be informed of the secret with which I am acquainted; that cannot be: listen patiently until the end of my story, and you will easily perceive why I am reserved upon that subject”
    Now I was led to examine the cause and progress of this decay, and forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel houses.

    Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil, as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave, or t0rtured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay?

    I collected bones from charnel houses; and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame. In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creation

    The dissecting room and the slaughter-house furnished many of my materials;

  9. @ BoiseEd, That may have been a groaner, but it was a LOLoud for me. (I may have mildly traumatized a cat or two.)

  10. @ Mitch4 – That one was published just four days after the other two, well within the “lead time window” (excluding any possibility of cross contamination).

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