While the corpse reviver dates back to the mid 1800s there is no real solid recipe for it till the 1930s. It is casually mentioned in publications during the 1800s but Harry Craddock from the American Bar in London is the one of the first to write down a solid recipe for it in his 1934 Savoy Cocktail book. His recipe is essentially a brandy Manhattan of the time and the only similarity between it and the corpse reviver #2 is its name. If this one is able to revive a dead body its because of its strength, then the second one is able to revive a dead body its because of how enjoyable and uplifting it’s taste is. two completely different drinks, both very good, but for different palates.