Sunday, November 30, 2014

Poe 1963, Pt. 7

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 6)

Poe's THE RAVEN

     (A Movie Classic  /  Conclusion)

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

We come now to the 2nd of 5 Dell "Movie Classics" devoted to American International Pictures' POE series, which features an adaptation of the 5th of 8 films in that series directed by Roger Corman.  (Confused enough?)  This also happens to be the 3rd comics adaptation-- more or less-- of Poe's most famous poem...

     "THE RAVEN".

Following in the footsteps of 2 previous MAD magazine versions-- and "The Black Cat" segment of the film "TALES OF TERROR"-- this film was played very much for comedy.  How much of that made it into the comic remains to be seen.

Apart from the superb cast which includes Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court and a very young Jack Nicholson, thie film is also notable as one of the inspirations for Steve Ditko's DR. STRANGE, MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS.  Not only did that comics series debut only a few short months after the film was released in theatres, in the early episodes, the hero bore a striking resemblence to Vincent Price!

Poe's THE RAVEN
photo cover   (Dell  /  September 1963)
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Don Segall  /  Art by FRANK SPRINGER
Page 23  /  "And now... the EPIC conclusion!"
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Extra Feature  /  inside back cover
Copyright (C) 1963 by Alta Vista Productions.

Scan of Poe's THE RAVEN from the Destination Nightmare blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Peter Lorre at Wikipedia.
Read about Boris Karloff at Wikipedia.
Read about Hazel Court at Wikipedia.
Read about Jack Nicholson at Wikipedia.
Read about the film THE RAVEN at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at the Lambiek site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Romitaman site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Comic Art Fans site.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Christopher Lee at Wikipedia.

Read about The Raven at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

     Audio:
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Christopher Lee recording!

     Comics:
Read the Harvey Kurtzman / Will Elder RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mort Drucker RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RAVEN adaptation!

Read the 2 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptations!
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Peter Cappiello RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Paul Coker, Jr. RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Steve Ditko RAVEN story!
Read the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1964, Pt. 1)

Poe 1963, Pt. 6

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 5)

Poe's THE RAVEN

     (A Movie Classic  /  Part 2)

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

We come now to the 2nd of 5 Dell "Movie Classics" devoted to American International Pictures' POE series, which features an adaptation of the 5th of 8 films in that series directed by Roger Corman.  (Confused enough?)  This also happens to be the 3rd comics adaptation-- more or less-- of Poe's most famous poem...

     "THE RAVEN".

Following in the footsteps of 2 previous MAD magazine versions-- and "The Black Cat" segment of the film "TALES OF TERROR"-- this film was played very much for comedy.  How much of that made it into the comic remains to be seen.

Apart from the superb cast which includes Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court and a very young Jack Nicholson, thie film is also notable as one of the inspirations for Steve Ditko's DR. STRANGE, MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS.  Not only did that comics series debut only a few short months after the film was released in theatres, in the early episodes, the hero bore a striking resemblence to Vincent Price!

Poe's THE RAVEN
photo cover   (Dell  /  September 1963)
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Don Segall  /  Art by FRANK SPRINGER
Page 12  /  "Our story continues..."
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Don't go away!  We'll be right back with the conclusion...

Copyright (C) 1963 by Alta Vista Productions.

Scan of Poe's THE RAVEN from the Destination Nightmare blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Peter Lorre at Wikipedia.
Read about Boris Karloff at Wikipedia.
Read about Hazel Court at Wikipedia.
Read about Jack Nicholson at Wikipedia.
Read about the film THE RAVEN at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at the Lambiek site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Romitaman site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Comic Art Fans site.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Christopher Lee at Wikipedia.

Read about The Raven at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

     Audio:
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Christopher Lee recording!

     Comics:
Read the Harvey Kurtzman / Will Elder RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mort Drucker RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RAVEN adaptation!

Read the 2 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptations!
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Peter Cappiello RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Paul Coker, Jr. RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Steve Ditko RAVEN story!
Read the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Don't miss the 3rd PART of this... coming up next!!!

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 7)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Poe 1963, Pt. 5

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 4)

Poe's THE RAVEN

     (A Movie Classic)    

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

We come now to the 2nd of 5 Dell "Movie Classics" devoted to American International Pictures' POE series, which features an adaptation of the 5th of 8 films in that series directed by Roger Corman.  (Confused enough?)  This also happens to be the 3rd comics adaptation-- more or less-- of Poe's most famous poem...

     "THE RAVEN".

Following in the footsteps of 2 previous MAD magazine versions-- and "The Black Cat" segment of the film "TALES OF TERROR"-- this film was played very much for comedy.  How much of that made it into the comic remains to be seen.

Apart from the superb cast which includes Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court and a very young Jack Nicholson, thie film is also notable as one of the inspirations for Steve Ditko's DR. STRANGE, MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS.  Not only did that comics series debut only a few short months after the film was released in theatres, in the early episodes, the hero bore a striking resemblence to Vincent Price!

Poe's THE RAVEN
photo cover   (Dell  /  September 1963)
Inside Front Cover
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Don Segall  /  Art by FRANK SPRINGER
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Don't go away!  Our story will continue...

Copyright (C) 1963 by Alta Vista Productions.

Scan of Poe's THE RAVEN from the Destination Nightmare blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Peter Lorre at Wikipedia.
Read about Boris Karloff at Wikipedia.
Read about Hazel Court at Wikipedia.
Read about Jack Nicholson at Wikipedia.
Read about the film THE RAVEN at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at the Lambiek site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Romitaman site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Comic Art Fans site.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Christopher Lee at Wikipedia.

Read about The Raven at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

     Audio:
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Christopher Lee recording!

     Comics:
Read the Harvey Kurtzman / Will Elder RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mort Drucker RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RAVEN adaptation!

Read the 2 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptations!
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Peter Cappiello RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Paul Coker, Jr. RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Steve Ditko RAVEN story!
Read the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Don't miss the 2nd PART of this... coming up next!!!

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 6)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Poe 1963, Pt. 4

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 3)

Poe's TALES OF TERROR

"MORELLA"
     (A Movie Classic)

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

Having skipped the first 3 Corman Poe films, Dell finally got into doing adaptations of them with the 4th-- TALES OF TERROR.  As the title suggests, this was an "anthology" film that featured 3 short stories.  All 3 had Vincent Price playing different roles.

Inexplicably, the Dell comic reversed the order of the stories from the film.  So be it.  I've decided to simply run them in the order of the comic, even if it's backwards from what everyone is used to.  Thus, we finish off with what had been the opening section of the film...

     "MORELLA".

A slightly-less known Poe story, this was the 1st time it had been adapted in the comics.  2 years after "TALES OF TERROR", elements of it would be reused in Roger Corman's final Poe film...  "THE TOMB OF LIEGEIA".

Poe's TALES OF TERROR
photo cover   (Dell  /  February 1963)
"MORELLA"  /  Version 1
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by GEORGE EVANS with Jack Lehti (?)  /  Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Again, it makes no sense to me to reverse the order of the stories from the film.

I thought I'd add something from the IMDB message board.  There's a thread there, "What was your favorite part of "TALES OF TERROR" (1962) ?"  Here was my reply...

DodgersRule:
"I have to go with Valdemar for pure scares and drama, despite the somewhat hammy performance by Rathbone (who I actually do like a lot). It also has a very sweet scene with Price and Padget that stays with me, he acknowledging that he will die soon and he does not want her to be alone. I just felt these two actors did well together. And how often do we see two attractive people, she and the doctor, admitting their feelings but respecting her husband enough to openly say NOTHING will happen between them. Old fashioned and lovely."

YES. Also, note the wonderful contrast between this story and the preceding one, where a man is so awful to his wife he drives her into the arms of someone else-- then, gets homicidal when he finds out, and kills the man who had begun supplying him with his DRINKING MONEY (the only thing he really wanted before). Montressor did not really think through the murders in this adaptation.

Since none of the original stories involved had these romantic entanglements, I have to credit Richard Matheson for not only coming up with them, but making the two stories back-to-back such a stark contrast.

Incidentally, when I read "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO", in my mind, I pictured Vincent Price as the deadly serious murderer, and Basil Rathbone as his egotistical, then terrified, victim!

As for the film, MY favorite moment is when Carmichael arrogantly reveals his TRUE nature to Helene-- and then, a moment later, when SHEER TERROR overcomes him! Great finale to the picture.

Copyright (C) 1962 by Alta Vista Productions.

Scan of TALES OF TERROR cover from the GCD site.
Scans of TALES OF TERROR interiors from The Horrors Of It All blog  /
     Special thanks to Karswell !

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about George Evans at Wikipedia.
Read an interview with George Evans at the Words And Pictures blog.
Read about George Wunder at Wikipedia.
Read about George Wunder at the Words And Pictures blog.
See more of George Wunder's work at the Comic Art Fans site.

Read about MORELLA at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Classic Literature site.

Hear the Vincent Price recording!

Read the George Evans MORELLA adaptation!
Read the Eugenio Colonnese MORELLA adaptation!
Read the Flavio Colin MORELLA adaptation!
Read the Dan & David Day MORELLA adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben MORELLA adaptation!   (coming soon!)

     Misc.:
Read the George Evans USHER / PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the George Evans TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the George Evans SPACE CONQUERORS! run starting in 1953!
Read the George Evans MORELLA adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 5)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Poe 1963, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 2)

Poe's TALES OF TERROR

"THE BLACK CAT"
     (A Movie Classic)

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

Having skipped the first 3 Corman Poe films, Dell finally got into doing adaptations of them with the 4th-- TALES OF TERROR.  As the title suggests, this was an "anthology" film that featured 3 short stories.  All 3 had Vincent Price playing different roles.

The middle of the 3 film segments was actually an adaptation of 2 separate stories, which happened to have the similar plot element of someone being bricked up in a basement--

     "THE BLACK CAT" and "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO".

Ironically, the logic underlying both stories was destroyed by combining them together.  Also, as I discovered when I read the comics adaptation of this, the best part of the whole thing-- the darkly humorous exchange of dialogue that occured during said bricking-up-- is missing from the comic.  Ah well.  What can you do?

Poe's TALES OF TERROR
photo cover   (Dell  /  February 1963)
"THE BLACK CAT"  /  Version 5
     (including "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"  /  Version 5)
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by FRAN MATERA  /  Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Copyright (C) 1962 by Alta Vista Productions.

Scan of TALES OF TERROR cover from the GCD site.
Scans of TALES OF TERROR interiors
     from the Killer Cats From Beyond The Grave blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about the SUSPENSE tv series at Wikipedia.
Read about Bela Lugosi at Wikipedia.
Read about Romney Brent at Wikipedia.
Read about Ray Walston at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Kiley at Wikipedia.
Read about Frances Sternhagen at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Peter Lorre at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Fran Matera at Wikipedia.
Read about Fran Matera at the Lambiek site.
Visit the Fran Matera website.

     "The Black Cat":
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Norman Rose at Wikipedia.

Read about THE BLACK CAT at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

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

Read the Bill Allison BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the St. John Publishing BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Luiz Saidenberg BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the Fran Matera BLACK CAT adaptation!
 

Read the Juarez Odilon BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Editorial Novaro BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Berni Wrightson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte BLACK CAT adaptation!

     "The Cask Of Amontillado":
Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Watch the SUSPENSE TV adaptation!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Graham Ingels AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Rudy Palais AMONTILLADO adaptation!
See the Virgil Finlay AMONTILLADO illustrated story art!
      Read the Iger Shop AMONTILLADO sequel!
Read the Gedeone Malagola AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Fran Matera AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Osvaldo Talo AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Edmundo Rodrigues AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Frank Brunner AMONTILLADO sequel!
     Read the Cirilo Munoz AMONTILLADO sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Martin Salvador AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Don McGregor / Mike Golden AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Noly Zamora AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Walter James Brogan AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 4)