Madman (Frank Einstein, born Zane Townsend) is a fictional character, a comic book superhero created by Mike Allred and most recently published by Image Comics. He first appeared in Creatures of theId (October 1990). His name, a combination of Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein, is also a pun on Frankenstein

Character history

Frank Einstein was born Zane Townsend, an agent of the Tri-EyeAgency. Townsend was killed in a car accident, then stitched back together and brought to life by two scientists, Dr. Egon Boiffard and Dr. Gillespie Flem. This resurrection left him amnesiac, and theresurrected John Doe was named after each of Flem and Boiffard's heroes, Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein The procedure left Frank with supernatural reflexes and a slight degree of precognitive andempathic power, however he remembers nothing about his former life but faint, troubling memories relating to his death. Madman's costume is based on the only thing he can clearly remember: afascination with a comic book character called Mr. Excitement.
Frank Einstein now lives as a jack-of-all-trades wanderer, accompanied by a variety of allies, including the Atomics. Only one of Frank'sreanimators, Dr. Flem, is still in Frank's life. Dr. Boiffard, in an attempt to boost his brain power, transmuted his entire head into neural tissue, leaving him an invalid in a hospital. Later, Boiffardbecame a cosmic being. Despite the fact Frank has blue skin, a metal scalp plate, and criss-crossed scars similar to Frankenstein's monster, he has a steady girlfriend, a secretary by the name ofJosephine "Joe" Lombard. Madman's other allies include Mott, an alien from the planet Hoople, who was saved by Frank when another alien, Zenelle, wanted to marry and eat Mott; Gale, an invisible femalescientist who was tattooed by Dr Flem's mutant clones and further rendered invisible by her attempts to eliminate the tattoos; and Astroman and Machina, a pair of robotic humanoids. Astroman was built to... [continua]

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