Robert Walton, IV
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Robert Walton, IV was the great-great-grandson of Robert Walton, the man who captained a ship in the arctic and happened across Victor Frankenstein stranded on a block of ice in the ocean. Walton and his crew saved Frankenstein and brought him onboard, and although he was basically on his death bed, cared for him and kept him fed. Frankenstein told Walton the long horror story of his life from the time he had created Frankenstein's Monster up until the present. Shortly after finishing his story, Frankenstein passed away. The day after Frankenstein passed away, his creation boarded the ship, determined to kill his creator, his final act of revenge for the torment his creator had inflicted upon him since his creation. Walton told the monster that Frankenstein had died and tried to avenge that death by shooting the monster, but the monster was able to escape into the arctic waters. Walton had written down Frankenstein's entire horrific story and the letters were passed down through the generations in his family, until they got to Robert Walton, IV himself, who became obsessed with finding Frankenstein's Monster.
He mounted an expedition in January of 1898 to the brutal arctic, where he and his confidante Canute, as well as a crew of barely loyal seamen, managed to find Frankenstein's Monster. They brought the creature aboard only to have the crew almost revolt and stage a mutiny at the thought of having the cursed creation onboard.
As the ship ran into a massive storm, Frankenstein's Monster, still encased in a block of ice, was left below deck while Walton and his crew went to secure the entire ship. The block of ice was thrown next to the stove keeping the room warm and melted, revealing a very much alive Frankenstein's Monster. A young cabin boy happened across Frankenstein's Monster and afraid for his life tripped and knocked himself unconscious. The room now ablaze as the stove was destroyed when the ice block smashed into it, Frankenstein's Monster saved the boy and brought him above deck. The crew reacted in horror and the monster threatened to kill the boy if they tried to come near him. He climbed the mast to temporarily escape while Walton on the deck relayed the story of his great-great-grandfather's letters, in hopes his crew would understand the importance of the creature and not kill him. While this was happening, the ship ran headfirst into a massive iceberg, destroying the ship. Frankenstein's Monster was tossed overboard and the boy fell to the deck below but survived. Walton and his crew boarded a lifeboat, only to have it attacked by Frankenstein's Monster who threw every crew member overboard and let them die in the freezing waters, but kept Walton, the boy and Canute alive.
He brought them to a shipwreck on a massive mound of ice that he had used a shelter 100 years before, where Walton continued the stories from his grandfather's letters, with Frankenstein's Monster filling in the rest along the way. The shelter unfortunately had not aged well and it collapsed, killing Canute and severely injuring Walton and the boy. As Frankenstein's Monster went to look for wood to help his friends survive the night, the boy passed away. With his last breath, Walton told Frankenstein's Monster that there was a living descendant of Victor Frankenstein near the family's birthplace. He sent him on his way hoping that this Frankenstein could help Frankenstein's Monster in the world. With those words, he died from his injuries.
First Appearance: Frankenstein (1973) #1
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Book of the Dead (1993)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein!'#2
- 'Bride of the Monster!'#3
- 'The Monster's Revenge!'#4
- 'Death of the Monster!'
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