Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Poe 1992

COLECAO OPERA BRASIL  10:  FILHO DO URSO
"METZENGERSTEIN"
     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)

Because of the nature of blogs, I've been attempting, with some difficulty, to process and post these stories in chronological order.  For once, I'm doing one deliberately out of sequence.

One of my favorite comics artist from Brazil has become Flavio Colin.  His career spanned over 40 years, and 3 or 4 drastically different styles.  He started out very much influenced by Frank Robbins, then began to slowly evolve his style into something genuinely UNIQUE.  I suppose the word that best describes the bulk of his later work is "cartoony", but unlike anything I've ever seen before.  The closest description I can come up with is, it reminds me a bit of what you'd get if you took the style used by Gamma Productions' animation studio in Mexico, and used it for graphic sex and horror.

Over the course of his long career, I've discovered that Colin did 4 POE stories-- in 3 completely different styles!  It's only been in the last few months that I finally managed to get my hands on his 1st ("Berenice", from 1962) and his 4th...

     "METZENGERSTEIN".

     This was the 7th comics version of this story, following...
Youthful's CHILLING TALES #16 (Jun'53),
Master Comics' DARK MYSTERIES #23 (May'55),
Skywald's SCREAM #9 (Sep'74),
Maisal's TERROR CLASICO MAISAL #2 (Jun 1 '77),
Paoline's IL GIORNALINO #19 (May 11 '80), and
Vecchi's ALMANAQUE DO TERROR #5 (Nov'82)
     ...the latter some 10 years earlier!

The story was done for Editora D-Arte's CALAFIO magazine, which ran from 1981 to 1992...  but the company closed up shop before the story saw print!  Some 10 years later, Colin passed away... and not long after, the story finally saw print in a trade paper-back collection of 6 of his stories.

I spent nearly 2 years searching online and downloading literally THOUSANDS of pages of Colin's art that had been posted on various blogs in Brazil, but to no avail.  This story was mentioned on a couple of websites, but proved so elusive,
I was forced to buy a copy of the book.  For all of those 2 whole years, I had been led to believe that due to some bizarre restrictions, one could not easily buy direct from outside of Brazil.  That proved to be erroneous, when I contacted the Ugra Press book store via their website, who had it posted for the cheapest price, and inquired if I could buy from them using Paypal, which they had listed on their page.  I COULD.  AND DID!!  Thus, COLECAO OPERA BRASIL #10 became the very 1st Brazillian comic in my entire collection!

As soon as the book arrived, I KNEW I would have to jump ahead of my intended schedule, and do this one as soon as the opportunity arose.

ENJOY!

COLECAO OPERA BRASIL  10:  FILHO DO URSO
cover by FLAVIO COLIN   (Editora Opera Graphica  /  Brazil  /  November 2002)
"METZENGERSTEIN"  /  Version 7
Adaptation by Julio Emilio Braz  /  Art by FLAVIO COLIN  /  Page 19
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Copyright (C) 2002 Familia Flavio Colin  /
     Opera Grahica  /  Editora D-Arte
New Color & English Translation Copyright (C) 2017 Henry R. Kujawa

Scans of COLECAO OPERA BRASIL #10

     from MY collection!

Special thanks to Ugra Press in Brazil.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Flavio Colin at Wikipedia.
Read about Flavio Colin at the UniversoHQ site.
Read about Flavio Colin at the Bigorna.net site.
Read about Flavio Colin at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Visit the Flavio Colin Facebook page!


Read about METZENGERSTEIN at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virgina.edu site.
Read about HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES at Wikipedia.

Read the Vince Napoli METZENGERTSEIN adaptation!
Read the Jon D'Agostino METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!
Read the Luis Collado Coch METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Arturo Arnau METZENGERSTEIN illustrated story!
Read the Alarico Gattia METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!

Read the Roberto Barbosa METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!
Read the Flavio Colin METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 19xx)