Thursday, December 25, 2014

Poe 1967, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1967, Pt. 1)

EERIE  12
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"
     (IN COLOR)

The real "golden age" of POE comics continues!

Warren, in late 1967, ran into some financial difficulties.  While Forry Ackerman's baby "FAMOUS MONSTERS" plowed on with no noticable drop in quality (that would come in the period following Boris Karloff's death), both CREEPY and EERIE lost most of their top talent, as well as their editor & top writer Archie Goodwin.  They also began having about 50% of every issue consist of reprints of material that wasn't that old to begin with.  And, as someone pointed out to me, they even began having covers appear on the wrong issues, and mis-spelled words on some of those covers.  Good grief!

As things were just beginning to go right over the edge, a real gem appeared, from one of the few NEW artists who had real talent, and must have been eager enough to work for lower page rates:  TOM SUTTON.  Several years ago, while re-reading a big chunk of my Warren collection, I was reminded that his art had apparently had a big influence on the work I did while in high school-- both in my home-made "crime" and "horror" comics.  In effect, this guy was one of my unsung heroes!

Which brings us to Warren's 5th POE adaptation:

     "THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH".

     This was the 6th comics adaptation of the story, following...
Marvel's ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #4 (Spring'52),  
Charlton's THE THING #2,  
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960),  
Marvel's STRANGE TALES #83 (Apr'61), and  
Dell's Movie Classic of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Aug-Oct'64),
     ...the last one some 3 years earlier.

Suffice to say, Warren's version-- by the departing Archie Goodwin & the incoming Tom Sutton-- was the most "authentic" to date.

As an aside, the cover, illustrating a scene from the 1944 movie THE MUMMY'S CURSE-- was apparently done by artist Dan Adkins to accompany a reprint of the comics adaptation of THE MUMMY'S HAND, done a few years earlier in Warren's MONSTER WORLD #2 (Jan'65).  Probably as a result of the editorial confusion going on at this time, the story appeared in CREEPY #17 (Oct'67) instead of EERIE #12 (Nov'67).  "OOPS!"  Incidentally, while Russ Jones & Joe Orlando are credited with that particular movie adaptation, I've read the art was actually done by Dan Adkins, uncredited, in his most "Wally Wood"-like mode.

Following the original B&W version is the very 1st Poe story I decided to add COLOR to.  ENJOY!

EERIE  12
cover by DAN ADKINS   (Warren  /  November 1967)
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"  /  Version 6
Adaptation by Archie Goodwin  /  Art by TOM SUTTON
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You might think with all the reprints in the regular issues from late 1967-70 they wouldn't need an ALL-reprint "Annual".  THINK AGAIN!

EERIE  1970 YEARBOOK
Cover by Frank Frazetta   (Warren  /  1969)
Production Dept. composite of the covers of EERIE #2, 3, 5 & 7.
Like many American publishers, Warren stories were reprinted by a wide
variety of publishers overseas, usually in a jumbled, chaotic, haphazard way.  Ibero Mundial de ediciones in Spain was one of those publishers...

VAMPUS  12
cover by SANJULIAN   (Ibero Mundial de ediciones  /  Spain  /  1972)
Semic in Finland was another one...

SHOKKI  13
cover by R. CONWAY   (Semic  /  Finland  /  [December] 1974) 
"PUNAINEN KUOLEMA"   
("THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"  /  Version 4)
VAMPI-COMIC  13
cover by ENRICH TORRES   (Paben Verlag  /  Germany  /  1975)
I see I'm not the only one who decided to take a whack at coloring
Tom Sutton's art...

CREEPY  25
cover by KEN KELLY   (Publicness  /  France  /  1975)
EERIE ARCHIVES Volume Three
Cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Dark Horse  /  June 2010)
As a bonus, here's a still from THE MUMMY'S CURSE (1944),
to compare with Adkins' cover above.
As a further bonus, I decided to try COLORING this story for fun!!  I guess that just shows how much I enjoy Tom Sutton's work for Warren from this period.  Since he used intricate B&W line rendering for shading, not graytones, this should actually work quite well.  The trick is to use mostly solid, "flat" colors, as well as faded-out pastels, to not get in the way of all that gorgeous linework.

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Copyright (C) Warren Publishing
New color Copyright (C) 2014 by Henry R. Kujawa

Scan of EERIE #12 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of EERIE #12 interiors from The Golden Age blog.
Scan of EERIE YEARBOOK from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of VAMPUS #12 from the  Necronomicon Delostemplarios site.
Scans of SHOKKI #13 / 1974 from the Muuta.Net site.
Scans of VAMPI-COMIC #13 supplied by Ernie Laczo
     with special thanks!
Scan of CREEPY #25 (France) from eBay.
Scan of EERIE ARCHIVES Volume Three from the GCD site.
Scan of THE MUMMY'S CURSE photo from the Hollywood Metal site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.
Read about Dan Adkins at Wikipedia.
Read about Archie Goodwin at Wikipedia.
Read about Tom Sutton at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about The CBS Radio Mystery Theater at Wikipedia.

Read about THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Bill Everett RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Bob Forgione RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Manoel Ferreira RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Steve Ditko RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RED DEATH adaptation!
 

Read the Tom Sutton RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Don Heck RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ricardo Villamonte RED DEATH adaptation!
 

Read the Richard Corben RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Wayne Howard RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Francisco Agras RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Flavio Colin RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Auraleon RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)


     Misc.:
Read the Tom Sutton RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Tom Sutton HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!


See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1967, Pt. 3)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Poe 1967, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1966, Pt. 1)

EERIE  11
"BERENICE"

The real "golden age" of POE comics continues!

Warren was the small empire of magazine publisher James Warren.  Freed from constrictions of the Comics Code due to its B&W magazine format, editor Archie Goodwin managed to recruit the cream of the old EC artists, including Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Angelo Torres and Reed Crandall, as well as Gray Morrow and Frank Frazetta.  After doing his final comics story in CREEPY #1, Frazetta switched over to cover paintings, carving an entire new career for himself in the process.

When CREEPY became a success, Warren decided to add a 2nd title... EERIE.  The name had been previously used by Avon, Ziff-Davis, Hastings Associates, I.W. Publishing / Super Comics, and, in England, by Thorpe & Porter and Alan Cass.  An "ashcan" edition consisting of reprints from CREEPY was rushed together to secure the Trademark when it appeared someone else (probably the VERY tacky Eerie Publications) intended to make us of it.  As a result, confusingly, there never was an official EERIE #1.  But starting with #2, it followed the same format of CREEPY.  In fact, in its early years, it's hard to say if there was any criteria whatsoever to determine if some stories would wind up in one magazine or the other.

Mixed in with new stories were a nice spattering of adaptations of classic works, among them those of Edgar Allan Poe.  In the late 60s, 6 of these appeared, the first 3 in CREEPY, the other 3 in its brother magazine, EERIE.  I feel safe in saying that despite the high caliber of some of the versions seen before this, these may have to rank among the BEST ever done.

Their 4th offering...

     "BERENICE".

This was the 2nd comics version of this story, after Editora Outubro's CLASSICOS OF TERROR #24 (1962).

The art this time was by Jerry Grandenetti.  He started out as an assistant to Will Eisner on THE SPIRIT, before developing his own distinct, unique, and I might say, "demented" style. The unrelated cover painting was by Joe Orlando, who started out in the 50s doing a lot of work with science-fiction artist Wally Wood.  This would be his ONLY cover for Warren.

Archie Goodwin, meanwhile, didn't so much "adapt" this story to comics as do an "illustrated" version of the story, with much of the original text INTACT.  Enjoy!

EERIE  11
cover by JOE ORLANDO   (Warren  /  September 1967)
"BERENICE!"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by Archie Goodwin  /  Art by JERRY GRANDENETTI  /  Page 21
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VAMPUS was a Spanish version of CREEPY.
This story appeared in its 1st "Annual"...

VAMPUS EXTRA VERANO 1972
cover by JACK DAVIS   (Ibero Mundial De Ediciones  /  Spain  /  1972)
Dark Horse started as a small "independant" comics publisher in the early 80s "direct market" boom, and remains, currently, one of the FEW survivors of that brief, glorious period. In 2008, they began a series of reprints of CREEPY and EERIE, licensed from James Warren, who had gotten back the rights to those series following a lawsuit with Harris Comics, who had earlier acquired them via a bankruptcy auction.  "Berenice!" does not appear to have been reprinted before 2010, some 43 years after its 1st appearance, although in the meantime, Warren wound up doing a completely different version of it.

EERIE ARCHIVES Volume 3
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Dark Horse  /  June 2010)
Copyright (C) Warren Publishing.

Scan of EERIE #11 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of EERIE #11 interiors from The Golden Age blog.
Scan of VAMPUS EXTRA VERANO 1972 from the Tebeosfera site.
Scan of EERIE ARCHIVES Volume Three from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.
Read about Joe Orlando at Wikipedia.
Read about Archie Goodwin at Wikipedia.
Read about Jerry Grandenetti at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Frazetta 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 The Literature Network 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!   (coming soon!
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!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1967, Pt. 2)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Poe 1966, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1965, Pt. 8)

CREEPY  11
"HOP-FROG!"

The real "golden age" of POE comics continues!

Warren was the small empire of magazine publisher James WarrenCREEPY was his first all-comics magazine.  Freed from constrictions of the Comics Code due to its B&W magazine format, editor Archie Goodwin managed to recruit the cream of the old EC artists, including Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Angelo Torres and Reed Crandall, as well as Gray Morrow and Frank Frazetta.  After doing his final comics story in CREEPY #1, Frazetta switched over to cover paintings, carving an entire new career for himself in the process.

Mixed in with new stories were a nice spattering of adaptations of classic works, among them those of Edgar Allan Poe.  In the late 60s, 6 of these appeared, the first 3 in CREEPY, the other 3 in its brother magazine, EERIE.  I feel safe in saying that despite the high caliber of some of the versions seen before this, these may have to rank among the BEST ever done.

Their 3rd offering...

     "HOP-FROG".

     This was the 3rd comics version of this story, following...
St. John's NIGHTMARE #11 (Feb'54), and in
Dell's Movie Classic of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Aug-Oct'64),
     ...the latter 2 years earlier.

This would be the 3rd & final of Reed Crandall's POE adaptations.

CREEPY  11
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Warren  /  October 1966)
"HOP-FROG!"  /  Version 3
Adaptation by Archie Goodwin  /  Art by REED CRANDALL  /  Page 2
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And now, the reprints.  Reed Crandall's POE adaptations have probably been reprinted more times than any other.

VAMPUS  4
cover by MARTI RIPOLL
(Ibero Mundial De Ediciones  /  Spain  /  December 1971)
Nordisk Forlag is a publisher based in Norway that reprinted a wide variety of American comics.  SJOKK ("Shock") appears to have been a one-shot 68-pager reprinting stories from various issues of CREEPY, including Goodwin & Crandall's "Hop-Frog".  "Usensurert" means "Uncensored".  The cover by Vicente Segrelles, a reprint from CREEPY #44 (Mar'72), which illustrated a scene from Tom Sutton's "Something To Remember Me By", could easily be illustrating a scene from Roger Corman's "PIT AND THE PENDULUM".

SJOKK  1
cover by VICENTE SEGRELLES   (Nordick Forlag  /  Norway  /  1973)
Warren reprinted the story exactly 9 years after its original appearance, in an ALL-Reed Crandall reprint collection.  In that time, there had not been any other versions done.  I guess it wasn't that popular.  The cover, a paste-up department composite of Crandall art, is a bad idea when it comes to coloring line-art intended for B&W.  I can't believe then-editor Bill DuBay actually let this cover go thru, with Crandall's name MIS-SPELLED.

CREEPY  74
cover by REED CRANDALL   (Warren  /  October 1975)
CREEPY  14
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (K.G. Murray  /  Australia  /  June 1976)
A "Vampirella"-like comic from Portugal this story somehow turned up in...

ZAKARELLA  7
cover by ??   (Portugal Press  /  ?? 1976)
Here we have the 1st of 5 reprint collections using the same cover (more or less).  This book collects 15 various Warren POE stories by a variety of artists, from from 1965-1976.

CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Toutain Editor  /  Spain  /  1980)
Semic Press was at one point the largest comics publisher in Sweden.  Here they did a "CREEPY SPECIAL" that reprinted 15 Warren POE stories from 1965-1976.  Oddly enough, the cover was a reprint of one that had been used by another publisher on an all-Richard Corben collection!

EDGAR ALLAP POE  /  CREEPY SPECIAL
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Semic Press  /  The Netherlands  /  1982)
Dark Horse started as a small "independant" comics publisher in the early 80s "direct market" boom, and remains, currently, one of the FEW survivors of that brief, glorious period. In 2008, they began a series of reprints of CREEPY and EERIE, licensed from James Warren, who had gotten back the rights to those series following a lawsuit with Harris Comics, who had earlier acquired them via a bankruptcy auction.  "Hop-Frog!" made its 3rd U.S. appearance in the 3rd collection-- oddly enough, with the SAME cover painting on on the issue it originally appeared in.

CREEPY ARCHIVES Volume 3
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Dark Horse  /  June 2009)
Copyright (C) Warren Publishing.

Scan of CREEPY #11 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CREEPY #11 interiors from the Again With The Comics blog.
     Special thanks to Brian Hughes!
Scan of VAMPUS #4 from the GCD site.
Scan of SJOKK #1 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of CREEPY #74 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of CREEPY #14 (K.G. Murray) from the AusReprints site.
Scan of ZAKARELLA #7 from the GCD site.
Scan of CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
     from the Whakoom site.
Scan of CREEPY SPECIAL from the Catawiki.com site.
Scan of CREEPY ARCHIVES Volume Three from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Frazetta at Wikipedia.
Read about Archie Goodwin at Wikipedia.
Read about Reed Crandall at Wikipedia.
Read about Vicente Segrelles at Wikipedia.
Visit the Vicente Segrelles website.
Read about Richard Corben at Wikipedia.
Read about Semic Press at Wikipedia.

Read about Hop Frog at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

Read the John Prentice HOP FROG adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer HOP FROG adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall HOP-FROG adaptation in SPANISH!
Read the Ignacio Justo HOP FROG adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1967, Pt. 1)