This design did not come out of nowhere: it was based on how the Frankenstein creature had been designed for highly popular stage productions. For the first 100 years of the character’s existence, this was how he was visualized.
“I am not a star. I am an actor. I have been fighting for years to make people know that I am not just a pretty boy with a beautiful face. It’s a hard fight, but I will win it. I want the public to realize that above all I am an actor, a very professional one….”