The Frog Prince

    Character » The Frog Prince appears in 69 issues.

    From the classic fairy tale.

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    Creation and Origin 

    A fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm.  It is only in modern times that his transformation has been as a result of a kiss.   

    Major Story Arcs 

    Grimm Fairy Tales 

    The story of the Frog Prince is told in Grimm Fairy Tales  with Princess Calliope taking the role of the princess in the classic tale.  The modern version is set against a high school biology class where a frog is being dissected where two teenagers are paired together - Lizette and Neville.  Neville has a crush on Lizette and does her homework for her, but as the two begin dissection she indicates that she is squeamish with the dissection.  She gets Neville to do most of the work, and then when she asks why he wears a scarf everyday she pulls it away to find a birthmark.  She is "g rossed out" by this and runs away in disgust.  Sela intercepts her and gives her the story of the Frog Prince to read.  The story introduces the vain Princess Calliope for whom no mirror in the land is good enough to show her reflection so she travels to a well in the forest which she feels can properly show her beauty.  While she is looking down the central gem on her tiara falls into the water.  It is retrieved by a frog who offers it back to her if she will become his friend.  She initially agrees but then goes back on her word, and leaves without him.  He shows up later as she is having a meal with one of her suitors and her father insists that she honour her agreement.  She takes the frog to her room to sleep for the night, but when he asks to sleep in the warm bed she initially takes him in but then throws him again the window frame causing him to fall outside and seemingly die.  He is retrieved by one of his assistants and dropped in the well where he completes a transformation into a human.  He visits the princess and asks for her hand in marriage, but as they leave he offers her a drink at his well.  Although she insists she is as beautiful on the inside as out, she drinks the water and her lies, cruel behaviour and vanity causes that she turns into a frog.  The story switches back to the modern day and the Lizette rebuffs Sela's story.  Sela tells Neville to forget about her, and after drinking from a fountain Lizette has an outbreak of warts on her body.  This story is closer to the original version where the frog being thrown against a wall causes the transformation.

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