Saturday, October 14, 2017

Poe 1969, Pt. 4

(Continued from Poe 1969, Pt. 3)

EL MONJE LOCO  40
"LOS DIENTES DE BERENICE"
     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation  /  Part 2)

EL MONJE LOCO ("The Mad Monk") could be described as Mexico's version of EC's horror hosts-- except, he predated them by quite a few years.  Created by Galilea Montijo, the character debuted on a radio show in 1937, before spinning off into feature films, and comic-books.

Among them stories were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

Second up...

     "BERENICE"

     This was the 4th comics version of this, following...
Outubro's CLASSICOS OF TERROR #8 (1962),  
Warren's EERIE #11 (Sep'67), and
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #6 (1968)
     ...the latter about a year earlier.

As with the previous El Monje Loco POE adaptation, this one has been "updated" to the modern day, as evidenced by the clothing fashions and automobiles.  I suppose one can take this as evidence that POE stories are "timeless".

The art is by Carlos Moro.

This was his 1st of 3 POE adaptations.

The first half of this adaptation was mostly NEW material, in the manner of the Roger Moore SAINT tv series, where a short story that may have had enough for 30 minutes of film was padded out to 50Berenice's admirer Leslie, who was in love with her but dies so abruptly, tragically, and stupidly, was an entirely new addition created for this comic-book version.

Apparently, he serves as an "explanation" for Berenice's SUDDEN illness (for which there was no warning in Poe's original story).  This is much in the tradition of the 1928 silent film "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER", where the film-maker combined the story with "THE OVAL PORTRAIT" in order to provide an explanation for Madeline taking ill.

From here, the story continues more-or-less as Poe wrote it.

Enjoy!  ...IF YOU CAN.

EL MONJE LOCO  74
cover by ??   
     (Revistas Populares / Novaro  /  Mexico  /  April 30, 1969)
"LOS DIENTES DE BERENICE"
     ("THE TEETH OF BERENICE")  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Salvador Carrasco  /  Art by CARLOS MORO  /   
Page 17  /  "And now... the EPIC conclusion!"
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Copyright (C) Carlos Moro  &  Revista Populares.
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2017 Henry R. Kujawa


Scans of EL MONJE LOCO #74 from the Monje Loco 6771 blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about Berenice at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the EAPoe.org site.

      Audio:

Hear the Vincent Price recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!


     Comics:
Read the Flavio Colin BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jerry Grandenetti BERENICE adaptation!

Read the "Edegar" & Ignacio Justo BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro BERENICE adaptation!
Read the A. Carrasco BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Ricardo Villamonte BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones BERENICE adaptation!

     (Coming soon:)
Read the D. Cebello BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Richard Corben BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Omar Hirsig BERENICE adaptation!

Read the Alineromero9 BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jose Pimentel Neto BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Nelson Evergreen BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jack Bertram BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Luca Frasca BERENICE adaptation!

      El Monje Loco:
Read the Ruben Lara Romero PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Carlor Moro VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Carlos Moro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1969, Pt. 5)