Steampunk Peanuts

Posted: 9th September 2012 by affehaus in comics, cultural, design, geek stuff, I made

Dr. Franklin

Dr. Franklin Stein

In his youth, Franklin was a precocious lad. Initially, his interests were given to the arts, both verbal and visual; At an early age, Franklin had exhibited the ability to quote text the Bible; it’s noted that the Old Testament had been, in his formative years, to be a source of inspiration. Additionally, the boy proved quite gifted at sums.
As he entered his later years (early teens), however, he quickly devoted himself to the sciences in an effort to better understand the mysteries of life. His father, the renowned neurologist Victor Stein, naturally encouraged the boy’s pursuits.
Following his graduation from University, Dr. Franklin began exploring the gulf between ‘life’ and ‘death’, and experimented with bridging said gulf, through a discipline which he personally pioneered– that of ‘neuro-mechs’, or, steam-powered bio-replacments; that is, external combustion prosthetics integrated into, and operated by, a body. One of his earliest efforts was a complicated bellows/frequency oscillator arrangement* for the local pedagog, M. Othmar. Amongst Dr. Franklin’s more successful designs number bionic ocular receivers developed for Miss Johnson; a fully articulated prosthetic arm for her partner Patricia Reichardt; his most notable work to date has been a fully articulated bionic body-brace, designed for 555 95472 to help control the periodic bouts of St. Vitus dance that plagued the patient.
While Dr. Franklin enjoys tinkering about with the peripheral aspects of neuro-mechs, his main interests lie in the concepts of re-animation. In the efforts to further the field toward its logical application, he’s developed what he calls the ‘Babbage Percolator’– a condensed, fully portable steam-powered figuring engine, which he hopes to use in repurposing recycled persons.
Currently, he’s working on a subject known only as ‘Shultz’.

*this was seen by many to be a success, however, Dr. Franklin was forever disappointed with the results

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