A long time ago, I discussed briefly my circa-2005 ideas for rebooting Impulse with a new character, as Bart was Flash and Wally was dead (followed, of course, by Wally being Flash and Bart being dead. They trade off every so often.) One of the stories I really wanted to do featured another Teen Titan, the extremely short-lived Young Frankenstein, who made exactly one appearance in the “World War III” mini-series before dying when Black Adam ripped his arms off. (He got better in time for “Final Crisis”, but still hasn’t been what you’d call a major character.)
I wanted to use him for two reasons: One, death should be no impediment to a character who’s a walking reanimated corpse, and two, THERE IS A CHARACTER NAMED “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” IN THE DC UNIVERSE AND NOBODY HAS MADE A MEL BROOKS JOKE ABOUT HIM. So my idea was that Impulse would be fighting a mad scientist who was working on (among other things) making an army of undead soldiers, and she’d help free Young Frankenstein from his lab, where he was being studied in hopes of extracting the secret of his resurrection. And Impulse, on hearing his name, simply would not be able to let it go. She’d keep calling him “Fronkensteen”, referring to herself as Eyempulse, and yes, there would be a scene where they fought mutant wolves so that when Young Frankenstein shouted, “Werewolf!” she could reply back with “There!” And the whole time, Young Frankenstein is just giving her the blankest looks ever, but she simply cannot stop herself because she is teaming up with Young Frankenstein, and really, could you?
And at the end, after they defeat the mad scientist and prepare to go their separate ways, she’d say, “See you around, Young Fronkensteen.” And he would rear up to his full height and shout, at the top of his lungs, “MY NAME…IS FRANKENSTEIN!!!!!!” And Impulse’s eyes would get huge and terrified, and she’d begin to apologize…before realizing just what he’d said. She’d shout, “Hey, wait a second!” but he would already be off, singing to himself, “When you’re blue and you don’t know, where to go to why don’t ya go, where fashion sits….PUUUN ANNA RISS!”
I may just be weird, but it still gives me a chuckle.