Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt. 1)

SCREAM  5
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"

Skywald Publications was the work of Sol Brodsky & Israel Waldman.  While they had a small run of color comics designed to imitate Marvel, their biggest output and claim to fame were their B&W "Horror-Mood" magazines, done very much in the mode of James Warren's CREEPY and EERIE.

Al Hewetson, a writer & editor, soon joined the company and eventually became full editor when Brodsky returned to MarvelHewetson determined to give Skywald's horror line a more "literate" feel than Warren's had, resulting in, among other things, no less than 19 Edgar Allan Poe adaptations between 1972-75.

Here we come to the 5th of these...

     "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO".

     This was the 10th comics version of this story, following...
EC's CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #3 (Feb-Mar'51),
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51),  
Ziff-Davis' FANTASTIC Vol.1 #3 (Nov'Dec'52),  
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #1 (1960),  
Dell's Movie Classic TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63),  
Warren's CREEPY #6 (Dec'65),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICS DE TERROR #4 (1967),  
O Livreiro's TERROR ILUSTRADO #1 (1970),
Mundial's MAESTROS DEL TERROR #1 (1970), and
Eerie's TERROR TALES v.6 #1 (Feb'74),
     ...the last one a mere 2 months earlier!.

This would be the 3rd of 3 consecutive Poe stories with art by "Maro Nava".  As it turns out, quite a few artists who worked for Skywald used psudonyms, because James Warren didn't want "his" artists working for anybody else!  Somehow, I couldn't quite tell under all the "effects" on "House Of Usher"-- but on "The Oblong Box", it suddenly became very clear!  "Maro Nava" was none other than Jerry Grandenetti !!

This issue also contained a 2-page vignette that combined a pair of Poe poems-- "The Conqueror Worm" and "The Haunted Palace".  Thanks to American International Pictures' marketing department, there exists a pair of feature films with those titles, but which, arguably, have nothing whatsoever to do with the source material.  Oh well! At any rate, Skywald editor Al Hewetson decided to combine the two into a single piece, and as it takes up so little space, I saw no reason to set up a separate page for it.  Art is by Domingo Gomez...  whoever HE might be!

SCREAM  5
cover by FERNANDO FERNANDEZ   (Skywald Publications  /  April 1974)
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"  /  Version 10
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /
Art by JERRY GRANDENETTI   (as "MARO NAVA")  /  Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
"THE CONQUEROR WORM and THE HAUNTED PALACE"  /  Version 1
adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  art by DOMINGO GOMEZ  /  Page 33
Page 34
Eternity Comics, for a few years, was a very successful small publisher, who split their output between a number of original series, licensed series, and reprints of old comics.  This included quite of few of the Poe stories from Skywald!  "The Cask Of Amontillado" was reprinted here...

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  March 1989)
"The Conqueror Worm and The Haunted Palace" was reprinted here...

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  March 1989)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publishing.

Scan of SCREAM #5 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #5 interiors from the Scribdassets blog.
     Special thanks to ??.
Scan of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories #1
     from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Skywald Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Sol Brodsky at Wikipedia.
Read about Al Hewetson at Wikipedia.
See more of Fernando Fernandez' work at the Ragged Claws site.
Read about Jerry Grandenetti 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 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!   (coming soon!)
Read the Edmundo Rodrigues AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Juan J. Aguilar AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (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!)

     "The Conqueror Worm":
Read about THE CONQUEROR WORM at Wikipedia.
Read the poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

Read the Domingo Gomez CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!
Read the Gahan Wilson CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the 2nd Richard Corben CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

     "The Haunted Palace":
Read about THE HAUNTED PALACE at Wikipedia.
Read the poem at the Poetry Foundation site. 
Hear Basil Rathbone's HAUNTED PALACE recording!

Read the Domingo Gomez HAUNTED PALACE adaptation!
Read the Gahan Wilson HAUNTED PALACE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the John Coulthart HAUNTED PALACE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 3)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 7)

SCREAM  4
"THE OBLONG BOX"

Skywald Publications was the work of Sol Brodsky & Israel Waldman.  While they had a small run of color comics designed to imitate Marvel, their biggest output and claim to fame were their B&W "Horror-Mood" magazines, done very much in the mode of James Warren's CREEPY and EERIE.

Al Hewetson, a writer & editor, soon joined the company and eventually became full editor when Brodsky returned to MarvelHewetson determined to give Skywald's horror line a more "literate" feel than Warren's had, resulting in, among other things, no less than 19 Edgar Allan Poe adaptations between 1972-75.

Here we come to the 4th of these...

     "THE OBLONG BOX".

This was the 2nd comics version of this story, coming 29 YEARS after McComb's CROWN COMICS #1 (Spring'45).  Boy, it took long enough!

This would be the 2nd of 3 consecutive Poe stories with art by "Maro Nava".  As it turns out, quite a few artists who worked for Skywald used psudonyms, because James Warren didn't want "his" artists working for anybody else!  Somehow, I couldn't quite tell under all the "effects" on "House Of Usher"-- but on THIS story, it suddenly became very clear!  "Maro Nava" was none other than Jerry Grandenetti !!

I imagine anyone reading this after having seen the American International Picture film with Vincent Price must have been surprised or confused, as that film has pretty much NOTHING to do with the original story.  By comparison, I've found 2 completely different radio adaptations, both of which managed to at least use the short story as their basis, while adding a lot of additional material on the way.  Be sure to check them out at the links at the bottom.

SCREAM  4
cover by FRANCISCO JAVIER GONZALEZ VILANOVA
     (Skywald Publications  /  February 1974)
"THE OBLONG BOX"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /
Art by JERRY GRANDNETTI  (as "MARO NAVA")  /  Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Eternity Comics, for a few years, was a very successful small publisher, who split their output between a number of original series, licensed series, and reprints of old comics.  This included quite of few of the Poe stories from Skywald!

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  December 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publishing.

Scan of SCREAM #4 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #4 interiors from the Back From The Depths blog.
     Special thanks to Ghastly McNasty.
Scan of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories #1
     from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Skywald Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Sol Brodsky at Wikipedia.
Read about Al Hewetson at Wikipedia.
Read about Fracisco Javier Gonzalez Vilanova at Lambiek.
Read about Jerry Grandenetti at Wikipedia.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE OBLONG BOX at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode! 

Read the Alex Blum OBLONG BOX adaptation!
Read the Jerry Grandenetti OBLONG BOX adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones OBLONG BOX adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 2)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 4

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 3)

SCREAM  3
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"

Skywald Publications was the work of Sol Brodsky & Israel Waldman.  While they had a small run of color comics designed to imitate Marvel, their biggest output and claim to fame were their B&W "Horror-Mood" magazines, done very much in the mode of James Warren's CREEPY and EERIE.

Al Hewetson, a writer & editor, soon joined the company and eventually became full editor when Brodsky returned to MarvelHewetson determined to give Skywald's horror line a more "literate" feel than Warren's had, resulting in, among other things, no less than 19 Edgar Allan Poe adaptations between 1972-75.

Here we come to the 3rd of these...

     "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER".

     This was the 12th comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #4 (Dec'44),  
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47),
EC's THE VAULT OF HORROR #13 [2] (Jun-Jul'50),
Prize's BLACK MAGIC #28 (Jan-Feb'54), 
EC's TERROR ILLUSTRATED #1 (Nov'Dec'55),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #5 (1967),  
Warren's EERIE #20 (Mar'69),
Milano Libri's LINUS #50 (May'69),
Gino Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17 (Sep'69),
Ibero Mundial's DOSSIER NEGRO #17 (Jul'70), and
Populares' EL MONJE LOCO #143 (August 23, 1970),
     ...the last one 3 years earlier.

This would be the 1st of 3 consecutive Poe stories with art by "Maro Nava".  As it turns out, quite a few artists who worked for Skywald used psudonyms, because James Warren didn't want "his" artists working for anybody else!  Somehow, I couldn't quite tell under all the "effects" on "House Of Usher"-- but on the story that followed this, it suddenly became very clear!  "Maro Nava" was none other than Jerry Grandenetti !!  As I read at Wikipedia, in addition to his unique stylizations, he was also known for rendering in graytones.  He really took that to extremes here!

As it happens, it was my friend Mike Cannon Jr. posting this story at The EERIE Fans of CREEPY - and all HORROR/MONSTER MAGS/COMICS Facebook group that inspired me to start this entire huge POE project in the first place!  I had been planning to follow up my Jules Verne postings with H.G Wells, before moving on to either Arthur Conan Doyle or Edgar Allan Poe... but I jumped on Poe instead.  While Mike posted images photographed by a cell-phone camera, I'm using instead much-higher quality SCANS made from my own collection-- incredibly, the first time in this massive project I've had to do so!!  I'm afraid these are from the 1989 Eternity reprint, so the actual reproduction quality may be lower than if I'd done scans from the original 1973 magazine... but, you do what you can.  

After the 1960 Roger Corman / Richard Matheson / Vincent Price movie, and the 1981 Richard Corben adaptation, this is probably the 3rd version of this story I ever ran across.  ENJOY!

SCREAM  3
cover by FRANCISCO JAVIER GONZALEZ VILANOVA
     (Skywald Publications  /  December 1973)
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"  /  Version 12
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /
Art by JERRY GRANDENETTI  (as "MARO NAVA")  /  Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
Page 34
Page 35
Page 36
Page 37
Page 38
Page 39
Page 40
Eternity Comics, for a few years, was a very successful small publisher, who split their output between a number of original series, licensed series, and reprints of old comics.  This included quite of few of the Poe stories from Skywald!

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  THE BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  September 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publishing.

Scan of SCREAM #3 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of THE BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1 interiors & cover
     from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Skywald Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Sol Brodsky at Wikipedia.
Read about Al Hewetson at Wikipedia.
Read about Fracisco Javier Gonzalez Vilanova at Lambiek.
Read about Jerry Grandenetti at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Gladys Thornton at the IMDB site.
Read about the ESCAPE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Paul Free at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Kevin McCarthy at Wikipedia.
Read about Arnold Moss at Wikipedia.

Read about THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the Gladys Thornton WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Paul Frees ESCAPE episode!
Hear the Kevin McCarthy CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Gus Schrotter HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Harley M. Griffiths HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Harry Harrison HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Steve Ditko HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the George Evans HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!

Read the Osvaldo Talo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Tom Sutton HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Gino Dauro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

Read the Carlos Moro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Cirilo Munoz HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Martin Salvador HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
     (coming soon!)


Read the Nestor Redondo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Novelas Inmortales HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Arturo Arnau HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the E.C. Nickel HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Richard Corben HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the P.Craig Russell / Jay Geldof HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   
     (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1973, Pt. 5)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 2)

SCREAM  2
"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM"

Skywald Publications was the work of Sol Brodsky & Israel Waldman.  While they had a small run of color comics designed to imitate Marvel, their biggest output and claim to fame were their B&W "Horror-Mood" magazines, done very much in the mode of James Warren's CREEPY and EERIE.

Al Hewetson, a writer & editor, soon joined the company and eventually became full editor when Brodsky returned to MarvelHewetson determined to give Skywald's horror line a more "literate" feel than Warren's had, resulting in, among other things, no less than 19 Edgar Allan Poe adaptations between 1972-75.

Here we come to the 2nd of these...

     "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM".

     This was the 8th comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #3 (Nov'44),
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47), 
Marvel's SPELLBOUND #2 (Apr'52),   
Youthful's BEWARE #10 (Jun'52),
Ziff-Davis's NIGHTMARE #2 (Fall'52),  
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960), and
Temporae's EL MONJE LOCO #40 (Sep 4, 1968)
     ...the last one 5 years earlier!

The art this time was by Ricardo Villamonte, who apparently came from somewhere in South America.  I mostly know him from work he did as an inker for both Marvel and DC.

Meanwhile, the unrelated cover painting is by Jose Miralles, who I feel is an amazing artist.  Oddly enough, doing an online search, the project he seems to be getting the most noteriety for right now is THE GOLDEN CHILDEN'S BIBLE.

You know, one thing I can't figure is the number of Skywald covers where the logo is shrunken.  Oh well!

SCREAM  2
cover by JOSE MIRALLES   (Skywald Publications  /  October 1973)
"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM"  /  Version 8
 Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by RICARDO VILLAMONTE  /  Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Eternity Comics, for a few years, was a very successful small publisher, who split their output between a number of original series, licensed series, and reprints of old comics.  This included quite of few of the Poe stories from Skywald!

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  September 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scan of SCREAM #2 from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #2 interiors from the Tebeos de Factura Hispana 2 blog.
     Special thanks to Jose Ruiz DelAmor.
Scan of EDGAR ALLAN POE:  THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
     AND OTHER STORIES #1 from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about The Spanish Inquisition at Wikipedia.

Read about Skywald Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Sol Brodsky at Wikipedia.
Read about Al Hewetson at Wikipedia.
Read about Ricardo Villamonte at Lambiek.
Read about Jose Miralles at the Lambiek site.
Read about Jose Miralles at the Comic Art Fans site.
See more of Jose Miralles art at the All Posters.com site.
See more of Jose Miralles art a The Pony Book Chronicles blog.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about the Suspense radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Henry Hull at Wikipedia.
Read about Jose Ferrer at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Raymond Burr at Wikipedia.
Read about the CBS Radio Mystery Theater at Wikipedia.
Read about Tony Roberts at Wikipedia.

Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone PIT AND THE PENDULUM recording!
See the Vincent Price PIT AND THE PENDULUM performance!
Hear the Henry Hull SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Jose Ferrer SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Vincent Price SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Raymond Burr SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Tony Roberts CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Gus Schrotter PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the August M. Froehlich PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Russ Heath PENDULUM adaptation!  (coming soon!)
Read the Doug Wildey PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Everett Raymond Kinstler PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the Gedeone Malagola PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Ruben Lara Romero PENDULUM adaptation!
     See the Pablo Marcos PENDULUM tribute!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Jose Ortiz PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the De La Rosa PENDULUM adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera PENDULUM illustrated story!
     (coming soon)
Read the Don McGregor / Rudy Mesina PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gerry Talaoc PENDULUM adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1973, Pt. 4)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 1)

CHAMBER OF CHILLS  4
"THE OPENER OF THE CRYPT"

Marvel Comics (at times in its early history sometimes referred to as Timely or Atlas) was always a 2nd-level publisher-- somewhere in the middle as far as quality was concerned-- whose specialty was flooding the market with imitations of whatever was then currently popular.

By the early 70s, Marvel, now with their former Editor promoted to Publisher (after having managed to have former Publisher Martin Goodman's son Chip BOOTED out of that position), began flooding the market with as much product as possible, returning to their earlier business method of clogging the newsstands with so much crap they would literally squeeze their competitors out. It was a dirty job-- and these guys were the DIRTIEST.

CHAMBER OF CHILLS was one more of a growing number of titles swiped from earlier, defunct magazines.  In this case, it had originally been the name of a horror anthology from Harvey Comics, which ran 26 issues from 1951-54.  One need only glance at the various covers back then to see how sick and depraved (and presumably, "fun") some of their books were.  Hard to believe this is the same company that later became so reknowned for CASPAR THE FRIENDLY GHOST, WENDY THE GOOD LITTLE WITCH, HOT STUFF, not to mention RICHIE RICH and, my favorite, SAD SACK!!

Marvel's title ran 25 issues from 1972-76, during the height of that horror boom.  As with countless other magazines if this type Marvel cranked out in the 70s, it started with new material but soon became all-reprint.  Apparently, they felt it had reached a point where anything, anything at all, with the word "Marvel" in the title, fans would buy, no matter HOW awful it really was.

Which brings me to...

     "THE OPENER OF THE CRYPT".

Back in 1952, John Jakes decided to write a sequel to "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO".  This was the sort of thing Richard Matheson later did when he worked with Roger Corman on the film "PIT AND THE PENDULUM".  Oddly enough, only 3 months after Jakes' story was published in Ziff-Davis' FANTASTIC Vol.1 #3 (Nov-Dec'52), Ajax-Farrell published a SWIPE of it in STRANGE FANTASY #4 (Feb'53)!  Both the original short story and the comic-book swipe were reprinted numerous times over the years.  But it took 21 years before someone got around to doing an official, licensed comics version of the story.

The artist was the incredible Frank Brunner.  To this day, I rank Brunner as the single BEST artist to ever illustrate DR. STRANGE after Steve Ditko departed the series he created single-handedly.  Of course, unlike Ditko, Brunner wasn't a writer, but when teamed with Steve Englehart, the results were absolutely mind-boggling.  Which makes it all the more silly (and tragic) that Brunner quit as soon as he did.  I suspect he's regretted that ever since.

The printing on this comic was so abominable, it took me far longer than it should have to clean up the lettering, just so it could be readable here.

CHAMBER OF CHILLS  4
cover by FRANK BRUNNER   (Marvel  /  May 1973)
"THE OPENER OF THE CRYPT"  (a sequel to "A CASK OF AMONTILLADO")
Story by John Jakes  /  Art by FRANK BRUNNER
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Copyright (C) Marvel Comics.

Scan of CHAMBER OF CHILLS #4 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CHAMBER OF CHILLS #4 interiors
     from the Diversions of the Groovy Kind 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 Marvel Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about John Jakes at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Brunner at Wikipedia.

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 1973, Pt. 3)