Thursday, February 26, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt.15

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt.14)

SCREAM  10
"THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE"

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 16th of these...

     "THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE".

     This was the 6th version of the story, following...
Gilberton's CLASSIC COMICS #21 (Jul'44),
Marvel's LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE #10 (Oct'49),
Milano Libri's LINUS #39 (Jun'68),
Gino Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #7 (Jul-Sep'68), and
Ibero Mundial's DOSSIER NEGRO #41 (Oct'72)
     ...the last some 2 years earlier.

The art this time was by Cesar Lopez Vera, his 2nd of 2 Poe adaptations,
while the cover was once more by Sebastia Boada.

SCREAM  10
cover by SEBASTIA BOADA   (Skywald Publications  /  October 1974)
"THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE"  /  Version 6
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by CEZAR LOPEZ VERA  /  Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
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 Murders In The Rue Morgue" was reprinted here.  (Isn't is STUPID that they reveal the solution to the murder mystery right there on the cover???)

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  March 1989)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scan of SCREAM #10 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #10 interiors supplied by Cully Callaway
     with special thanks
     and from the Tebeos de Factura Hispana 2 blog.
     Special thanks to Jose Ruiz DelAmor.
Scan of THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE And Other Stories #1
     from the GCD site.

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 Sebastia Boada art at Comic Art Fans.
See more Sebastia Boada art at the Webagora site.
Read about Cesar Lopez Vera at Lambiek Comiclopedia.
Read about Cesar Lopez Vera at Tebeosfera.

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

Read about THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.
Read the complete story at the Poe Museum site.

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

Read the Arnold L. Hicks RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Sam Gross RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Guido Crepax RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Cezar Lopez Vera RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Illustrated Classics RUE MORGUE adaptation!  (coming soon!)
Read the Jose Ortiz RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the E.R. Cruz RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Moises Cespedes RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Ediciones Maisal RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Howard Priestley RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Mark A. Nelson RUE MORGUE sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Silvio Camboni RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Matt Brooker RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Reno Maniquis RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)


Read the Emerson Dimaya RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ola Skogang RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Leandro Fernandez RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt.16)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt.14

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt.13)

SCREAM  9
"METZENGERSTEIN"

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 15th of these...

     "METZENGERSTEIN".

     This was the 3rd comics version of this story, following...
Youthful's CHILLING TALES #16 (Jun'53), and
Master's DARK MYSTERIES #23 (May'55)
     ...the latter some 19 years earlier!

The art, some of the most beautiful work I've seen so far in this entire project, was by Luis Collado Coch (his only Poe story), while the cover was once again by Salvador Faba.

SCREAM  9
cover by SALVADOR FABA   (Skywald Publications  /  September 1974)
"METZENGERSTEIN"  /  Version 3
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by LUIS COLLADO COCH  /  Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
In "HISTOIRES EXTRAORDIAIRES",
the main character was re-written as a woman.
Jane Fonda "Contessa Frederique de Metzengerstein"
As an extra bonus, here the 1909 painting by Byam Shaw illustrating the story.
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scan of SCREAM #9 cover from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of SCREAM #9 interiors from the Tebeos de Factura Hispana 2 blog.
     Special thanks to Jose Ruiz DelAmor.
Scan of 1909 Byam Shaw painting from Wikipedia.

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 Salvador Faba at the Zauberspiegel-Online site.
Read about Luis Collado Coch at the Kennis Doel site.

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!
Read the Alarico Gattia Colin METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Arturo Arnau METZENGERSTEIN illustrated story!   (coming soon!)

Read the Roberto Barbosa METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Flavio Colin METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt.15)

Poe 1974, Pt.13

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt.12)

WEIRD  v8  4
"THE DEAD LIVE"

Eerie Publications was one of the companies set up by el cheapo schlockmeister Myron Fass (infamously of M.F. Enterprises, who put out the android "Captain Marvel" who yelled "SPLIT!" --and then did).  While clearly meant to imitate and compete with the glorious James Warren B&W horror comics magazines (CREEPY, EERIE, etc.), the byword for these was "tacky".  On every level.  Instead of trying to raise the bar on quality of art and writing, these seem more aimed at the lowest possible dominator, kids who could take a perverse pleasure in being able to read shocking, brutally violent stuff that made the worst excesses of the early-1950s seem tame by comparison.

The story in question is the relatively obscure...

     "THE DEAD LIVE".

This, in fact, is a redo of a story called "BURIED ALIVE" from Prize's BLACK MAGIC #28 (Jan-Feb'54), with the art REDRAWN.  You read that right.  Allow me to quote from the THIS IS HORROR blog...

"Eerie Publications began by printing black and white versions of the pre-code horror comics from the 50s that were out of print and therefore in the public domain. They would slap a new cover on the comic and touch up the old artwork to make it more gory. This worked quite well for a time, as they were sold as magazines and not comics, so weren’t subject to the same censorship that had killed horror comics fifteen years before. After a while though, Fass began to run out of old horror comics to pilfer and the fifties fashions and styles looked a little dated by the dawn of the groovy 70s. Undaunted, Fass simply hired a bunch of cheap and hungry (but exceptionally talented) artists from South America to redraw the same stories with seventies hair cuts and a gallon or two more gore. Sometimes the same story would be redrawn up to three times by different artists to varying effect."

Having explained that, I shall further tell you that this story is actually an adaptation of Poe's "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER", with elements of "THE PREMATURE BURIAL" thrown in for good measure!

Since the art is all-new, I'm going to count this as a "new" adaptation for each of the stories it involves.

I don't think I actually have even a single one of these in my entire collection.  In fact, frankly, I'm surprised that a POE story even turned up in any of them.  But, it did!!

WEIRD  v8  4
cover by BILL ALEXANDER   (Eerie Publications  /  August 1974)
"THE DEAD LIVE"
     (adapted from "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER")  /  Version 13
     (including elements of "THE PREMATURE BURIAL")  /  Version 5
Adaptation by Jack Oleck  /  New Art by CIRILO MUNOZ  /  Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
"The Dead Live" was reprinted twice in later Eerie Publications issues...

TERROR TALES  v.8  3
cover by FERNANDO FERNANDEZ   (Eerie Publications  /  October 1977)
WEIRD  v.14  3
cover by BILL ALEXANDER  /  (Eerie Publications  /  November 1981)
Copyright (C) Eerie Publications.

Scans of WEIRD v8 #4 interiors supplied by Cully Callaway
     with special thanks!
All other scans from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Myron Fass Wikipedia.
Read about Eerie Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Eerie Publications at the Boing Boing site.
See a TON of Eerie Publications covers at Google Search!
Read TONS of Eerie Publications horror comics at The Blood Pulp! blog!
Read about Bill Alexander at the This Is Horror blog!

     "The Fall Of The House Of Usher":
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 HOUSE OF USHER 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!)

     "The Premature Burial":
Read about THE PREMATURE BURIAL at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the CBS Radio Mystery Theater PREMATURE BURIAL episode!

Read the Steve Ditko PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the George Evans PREMATURE BURIAL illustrated story!
Read the Gedeone Malagola PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the Juez Xirinius PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the Cirilo Munoz PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation! 
Read the Vicente Alcazar PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt.14)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Poe 1971, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1971, Pt. 1)

TRINCA  8
"EL EXTRANO CASO DEL SENOR VALDEMAR"
     (English Translation)

Okay, we've got a weird one here.  I ran across this by accident (it happens), and have been trying to piece together as much information about it as I can.  Some of which may not be accurate.  So anyone reading this page would do well to consider it a "work in progress".

"EL EXTRANO CASO DEL SENOR VALDEMAR" is, obviously, a Spanish version of Poe's "THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR".

     This was the 5th adaptation of this story, following...
EC's TALES FROM THE CRYPT #24 (Jun-Jul'51),
Dell's Movie Classic, Poe's TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #7 (1967), and  
Populares' EL MONJE LOCO #141 (August 12, 1970)
     ...the last one only a year earlier.

The artist involved is Carlos Gimenez, who apparently is one of the most highly-revered in all of Spain, but has only a very limited amount of his work published in America.  Well, I'm working to "fix" that right now!

This story, as near as I can make out (it's difficult to be sure when I'm dealing with a confusing Google translation, and virtually NO information at all at the GCD site) appeared in TRINCA, an expensive, high-quality magazine whose high price kept it from achieving financial success.  Much of the magazine's contents appear to have been adaptations of "classic" stories, and it was also the original home for such series as "Haxtur" and "El Cid", which later saw print in Warren's EERIE magazine!

According to Wikipedia, Carlos Gimenez was "most proud" of his horror stories, "The Miserere", and "Valdemar", and both were done for TRINCA.  Another Wikipedia pages lists some of the contents of the series, and Gimenez' work turns up in issue #8.  So that's what I'm listing here!  As it turns out, while it was intended for TRINCA, it did not actually appear there...

From the Tebeosfera site:
"Another story was adapted Poe, in 1971, in "The Strange Case of M. Valdemar" also aimed at TRINCA but for reasons of censorship was not released until 1976."

As an aside, during the period when TRINCA did not publish this story in Spain, VAMPUS did see fit to reprint all 3 of Reed Candall's POE stories (in Spain).  One might wonder, why Warren never bothered to publish Gimenez' version of "Valdemar", instead choosing to do their own-- albeit, with a different Spanish artist?

TRINCA  8
cover by ??   (Doncel  /  Spain  /  1971)
On October 4, 2016, I finally ran across the cover of the magazine this story appeared in!

CLUB AMIGOS DE LA HISTORIAS BOLETIN  16
cover by CARLOS GIMENEZ
     (Club Amigos De La Historias  /  Spain  /  November-December 1976)
"EL EXTRANO CASA DEL SENOR VALDEMAR"
     "The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar"  /  Version 5
Adaptation & Art by CARLOS GIMENEZ
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6

This has been reprinted several times.  I ran across this first one by accident.  Boy, you never know where some of these things will turn up...

ALMANAQUE DO MUNDO DE AVENTURAS  1983
cover by AUGUSTO TRIGO
(Aguiar & Dias, Lda.  /  Portugal  /  December 1982)
The story was included in a reprint collection in 1994, which was subsequently reprinted again in 20054 of the 6 scans I posted above came from the latter edition.

SABOR A MENTA Y OTRAS HISTORIAS  
     (MINT FLAVORED and other stories)
cover by CARLOS GIMENEZ   (Ediciones De La Torre  /  Spain  /  1994)
SABOR A MENTA Y OTRAS HISTORIAS  
     (MINT FLAVORED and other stories)
cover by CARLOS GIMENEZ   (Ediciones Glenat Espana  /  Spain  /  2005)
As a further bonus, I decided to use Google Translate to help me 
create an ENGLISH-language version of this story!  Enjoy!!

Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Copyright (C) 1971 Carlos Gimenez.
English translation text Copyright (C) 2015 Henry Kujawa.

Scan of TRINCA #8 from the GCD site.
Scan of CLUB AMIGOS DE LA HISTORIAS #16 cover
     from the Tebeosfera site.
Scans of CLUB AMIGOS DE LA HISTORIAS #16 interiors
     from the Kerlames blogspot  (pages 1, 2, 4 & 5),
     from Pinterest  (page 3),
     and from the Afilactera site  (page 6).
     Special thanks to Susanna Malaguti for clueing me in about this story
     and Giovanni Clavijo Castillo (Kerlames blog) for most of the scans!!
Scan of ALMANAQUE DO MUNDO DE AVENTURAS 1983
     from the Phantomwiki site.
Scans of SABOR A MENTA Y OTRAS HISTORIAS from the Kerlames blogspot.
    
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Trinca at Wikipedia.
Read about Carlos Gimenez at Wikipedia.
Read about Carlos Gimenez at the Tebeosfera site.
Read about Sabor A Menta Y Otras Historias  (reprint collection)
     at the Carlos Gimenez website.

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

Read about THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Basil Rathbone CASE OF M. VALDEMAR recording!
Hear the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre PREMATURE BURIAL episode!
     (including THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR)

Read the Graham Ingels CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the George Evans CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!

Read the "Edegar" & Ignacio Justo CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Carlos Gimenez CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
 

Read the Jose Cardona CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Julio Shimamoto CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!

Read the Alberto Breccia VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Joan Boix CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1972, Pt. 1)