Sunday, September 17, 2017

Poe 1969, Pt. 3

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 21)

EL MONJE LOCO  40
"LOS DIENTES DE BERENICE"
     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)

Revistas Populares was a publisher in Mexico active in the 1960s & 70s.

EL MONJE LOCO ("The Mad Monk") could be described as Mexico's version of EC's horror hosts-- except, he predated them by quite a few years.  Created by Galilea Montijo, the character debuted on a radio show in 1937.  Like EC's later "Vault Keeper", he wore a robe with a hood over his head, and introduced and/or narrated countless horror tales.  His famous catch-phrase was, "Nadie sabe, nadie supo" ("No one knows, no one knew"), immortalized by the cavernous voice of Salvador Carrasco.

Over time, he was spun off into feature films, and comic-books.  MANY comic-books!!!

Among them stories were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

Second up...

     "BERENICE"

     This was the 4th comics version of this, following...
Outubro's CLASSICOS OF TERROR #8 (1962),  
Warren's EERIE #11 (Sep'67), and
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #6 (1968)
     ...the latter about a year earlier.

TEXT TO BE DETERMINED  /  Prepare to have your mind BLOWN.  I do not say this lightly.  As of 6-12-2017, I have discovered (so far) 22 different comics versions of this story.  And, despite this one being "updated" to 1944, I consider this one to have the BEST-looking art of any of them I've seen to date!

The art is by Carlos Moro, who was

As far as I know, none of these have ever been translated into English.
UNTIL NOW.  Enjoy!

EL MONJE LOCO  74
cover by ??   
     (Revistas Populares / Novaro  /  Mexico  /  April 30, 1969)
"LOS DIENTES DE BERENICE"
     ("THE TEETH OF BERENICE")  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Salvador Carrasco  /  Art by CARLOS MERO  /  Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10

Poe 1969, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1969, Pt. 1)

MAD  9
Shifting Into Re-Verse Dept:  "THE RAVEN"

Entertaining Comics (formerly Educational Comics) just won't quit.

While Warren and Taika in several instances did 2 different versions of some Poe stories (and in one case, 3), EC's MAD magazine clearly feels no end of variations on any single theme are too much.

Thus it is that I present, YET ANOTHER version of Poe's most famous poem...

     "THE RAVEN"

     This was the 6th version of this, following...
EC's MAD #9 (Feb-Mar'54),  
EC's MAD #46 (Apr'59),  
EC's MAD #55 (Jun'60),
Dell's THE RAVEN Movie Classic (Sep'63), and
Taika's A CRIPTA #2 (1968)
     ...the last only a few months earlier.

I mean, seriously, folks-- 6 versions so far, and 4 of them in the SAME magazine?  That's nuts, isn't it?  And... this wasn't the last time they'd do one, either!!

Incidentally... this was also the 11th time EC tackled Poe.

This one's a bit different... what am I saying, ALL the MAD versions are "different".

But in this case, they're actually doing 2 versions within the SAME feature.

You'll see.

I want to send out a personal "thank you" to Paul Wardle, a member of the EC Fan-Addict Facebook group, for pointing this one out to me, AND, sending me scans!  What a guy.

ENJOY!

MAD  125
cover by KELLY FREAS   (EC  /  March 1969)
"THE MAD POETY ROUND ROBIN"
Written by Frank Jacobs  /  Art by GEORGE WOODBRIDGE
"If Poe's THE RAVEN were written by Joyce Kilmer"  /  Version 6
"If Thayer's CASEY AT THE BAT were written by Edgar Allan Poe"
     ("THE RAVEN")  /  Version 7
Written by Frank Jacobs  /  Art by GEORGE WOODBRIDGE
This is what it lookjed like in the magazine...
Here it is, easier to read...
The inevitable reprints...

MAD SPECIAL  9
cover by ??   (EC  /  1972)
A MAD BIG BOOK  (MAD ZAPS THE HUMAN RACE!)
cover by JACK DAVS   (EC  /  March 1984)
MAD XL
cover by DON MARTIN, MORT DRUCKER, SERGIO ARAGONES
     & JACK DAVIS   (EC  /  July 2001)
George Woodbridge.
Copyright (C) Entertaining Comics (EC).

Scan of MAD #125 cover from the GCD site
Scan of MAD ?? (19??) supplied by Paul Wardle
     with special thanks!
Scan from MAD SPECIAL #9 (1972) interiors from my collection.
Scans of MAD SPECIAL #9,
     A MAD BIG BOOK (MAD ZAPS THE HUMAN RACE) (1984)
     and MAD XL (2001) covers from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about EC Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about MAD magazine at Wikipedia.
Read about Albert B. Feldstein at Wikipedia.
Read about Kelly Freas at Wikipedia.
Visit the Kelly Freas website!
Read about Paul Jacobs at Wikipedia.
Read about George Woodbridge at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price 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 1969, Pt. 3)

Poe 1969, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1968, Pt. 27)

EERIE  20
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"

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!

16 months after Tom Sutton's version of "MASQUE", they finally got around to doing another Poe story.  In the meantime, Reed Crandall's "TELL-TALE HEART" and "CASK OF AMONTILLADO" had been reprinted, in EERIE #13 (Feb'68) and CREEPY #20 (May'68), respectively.

Which brings us to Warren's 6th POE adaptation:

     "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER".

     This was the 7th comics adaptation of the 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), and  
Editora Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #5 (1967)
     ...the last one some 2 years earlier.

The 1st of the Warrens NOT involving Archie Goodwin was adapted by Tom Sutton himself!  While Sutton's art in 1967 somewhat resembled a cross between Wally Wood & Jerry Grandenetti, this 1969 work actually reminds me of Craig Russell's more "flowery" stylings-- or the work of Michael T. Gilbert-- albeit, several years before either even started in the business!

Some time after this, Warren's fortunes turned around, in part because of their debuting a 3rd horror comics magazine-- VAMPIRELLASutton became the first regular artist on the lead feature!  Some further time after that, most of the lesser talents vanished as far better artists began getting hired again.  Sutton was one of the FEW who remained-- for a very long haul!  I think that really says it all about him.

This page was originally set up on January 5, 2015.  For the sake of organization, I've have now MOVED it to this new location.

EERIE  20
cover by H.B. HARRIS   (Warren  /  March 1969)
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"  /  Version 7
Adaptation & Art by TOM SUTTON  /  Pages 22-23  (reduced)
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Like many American publishers, Warren stories were reprinted by a wide
variety of publishers overseas, usually in a jumbled, chaotic, haphazard way.

VAMPI-COMIC  7
cover by SANJULIAN   (Paben Verlag  /  Germany  /  [February] 1975)
After I colored Tom Sutton's "THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH", artist Frank Thorne asked me if I was gonna tackle Sutton's "HOUSE OF USHER".
I didn't think it should be... but clearly, someone in Germany already thought otherwise!
SHOKKI  4
cover by RICHARD HESCOX   (Semic  /  Finland  /  [April] 1976)
"USHERIN TALO"  
     ("THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"  /  Version 4)
EERIE ARCHIVES Volume Four
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA  /  (Dark Horse  /  October 2010)
Here's a special bonus.  I've seen a pile of stand-alone illustrations of various POE stories, but this one seems most appropriate to post here.

THE ROCKET BLAST'S COMIC COLLECTOR  131
(RBCC  /  October 1976)
"USHER II"  /  art by TOM SUTTON
This concludes the initial set of Warren POE adaptations.  But there would would be many more to come...

Copyright (C) Warren Publishing  &  Tom Sutton.

Scan of EERIE #20 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of EERIE #20 interiors from The Golden Age blog.
Scans of VAMPI-COMIC #7 supplied by Ernie Laczo
     with special thanks!
Scans of SHOKKI #4 / 1976 from the Muuta.Net site.
Scan of EERIE ARCHIVES Volume Four from the GCD site.
Scan of THE ROCKET BLAST'S COMIC COLLECTOR #131 page
     from Nicholas Caputo.

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 Tom Sutton 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 Frees 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.

     Audio:
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!

     Comics:
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!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Pablo Marcos HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
Read the Novelas Inmortales HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Arturo Arnau HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
Read the E.C. Nickel HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

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

     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 1969, Pt. 2)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Poe 1968, Pt. 27

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 26)

LINUS  45
"RE PESTE"
     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)
     (w/ Gallery of Illustrations

Milano Libri Edizione was a publisher in Italy active in the 1960s & 70sLINUS was possibly the 1st all-comics magazine published in Italy, and contained, among its features, PEANUTS, BARNEY GOOGLE, LI'L ABNER, POGO, B.C., THE WIZARD OF ID, POPEYE, as well as numerous features original to Italy.

Among them were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

2nd in line...

"KING PEST".

The art is by Dino Battaglia (1 August 1923 – 4 October 1983), an Italian comic artist, noted for a distinctive and expressive style, best known for his visual adaptations of classic novels.

Between 1968 and 1981, Battaglia did a series of 10 Poe adaptations,
8 of which appeared in LINUS,
the remaining 2 in the large-format CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI.

Until 2006, Battaglia held the record for having done the most Poe adaptations by a single comics artist.  2nd place was tied at 9 apiece by Gahan Wilson (in 1990), Bill D. Fountain (in 1995) and Horacio Lalia (between 1998 and 1999).

Fellow fan Ron Harris was the one who first steered me to Battaglia's work, and I believe he also sent me the complete scans of the 1999 reprint book, which contained the 8 LINUS stories.  (I had to BUY the other 2 magazines myself, to be able to do hi-res scans of the original 2-color printing.) 

This story proved far more challenging than I expected, both for the coloring and translation.  Halfway through, I decided my only option was to once more consult the ORIGINAL Poe text.  After doing a rough translation, I could find which passages in the short story correlated to what was kicked out of the translator, replace the translated text with the original, and then, SEVERELY edit it down to fit the available space.

In addition, about halfway through this, it hit me that Battaglia's figure-work in this one reminded me VERY much of Chuck Jones' work in the Warner Brothers LOONEY TUNES cartoons!!

This was his 1st of 10 Poe adaptations.

ENJOY!

LINUS  45
cover by CHARLES SCHULZ   (Milano Libri Edizioni  /  Italy  /  December 1968)

"RE PESTE"
     ("KING PEST")  /  Version 1
Adaptation & Artwork by DINO BATTAGLIA  /  Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
I guess it really isn't over until the fat lady screams...  (ZING!)

Here's the reprints-- NONE of them in English...

TOTENTANZ
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Milano Libri Edizioni  /  Italy  /  November 1972)
CORTO MALTESE  5
cover by MILO MANARA   (Milano Libri Edizioni  /  Italy  /  May 1985)
This one had all 8 B&W stories.

HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Vertige Graphic  /  France  /  October 1993)
This one had all 8 B&W stories, and was the source of the scans I used!

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  DINO BATTAGLIA
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (L'Editore Lo Scarbeo  /  Italy  /  February 28, 1999)
CONTES ET RECITS FANTASTIQUES  Tome 3:
     HISTOIRES D'EDGAR A. POE 
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Editions Mosquito  /  Italy  /  March 2005)
POE
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Grifo Edizioni  /  Italy  /  August 2007)
EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (NPE  /  Italy  /  2016)

Dino Battaglia.
Here's a bonus gallery of illustrations by various artists over the decades.

"KING PEST" by Harry Clarke   (1923)

"KING PEST" by Arthur Rackham   (1935)

"KING PEST" by Randall Enos   (2016)  
Copyright (C) DINO BATTAGLIA
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2017 Henry R. Kujawa

Scan of LINUS #45 cover from the Fumetto Online site.

Scans from DINO BATTAGLIA: POE (1999)
     supplied by Ron Harris with special thanks!

Scan of TOTENTANZ (1972) from the Libri Per Duti site.
Scan of CORTO MALTESE #5 (1985) from Ebay.
Scan of HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES (1993)
     from the Price Minister site.
Scan of BATTAGLIA CONTES ET RECITS FANTASTIQUES TOME 3:
     EDGAR ALLAN POE HISTOIRES (2005) from the EM site.
Scan of DINO BATTAGLIA: POE (2007) from the Horror Blogosfere site.
Scan of EDGAR ALLAN POE: DINO BATTAGLIA (2016)
     from the Edizioni NPE site.

     Scans of "King Pest" by
Harry Clarke (1923) from the Pellucidar Offerings blog,
Arthur Rackham (1935) from the Pellucidar Offerings blog, and
Randall Enos (2016) from the North American Review.Org site.


Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.


Read about Milano Libri Edizione at Wikipedia.
Read about LINUS magazine at Wikipedia.


Read about Dino Battaglia at the Wikipedia site.
Read about Dino Battaglia at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site. 
See more of Dino Battaglia's work at the Comic Art Fans site.
 

Read about KING PEST at the Grotesque Ground site.
Read a review of KING PEST at the JSTOR site.
Read the complete story at the XRoads.Virginia.edu site.

     Comics:
Read the Dino Battaglia KING PEST adaptation!

     (Coming soon:)
Read the Luiz Saidenberg KING PEST adaptation!
Read the Anton Emdin KING PEST adaptation!

     Misc:
Read the Dino Battaglia KING PEST adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia LIGEIA adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia PURLOINED LETTER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia NEVER BET THE DEVIL adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia TARR & FETHER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HANS PFALL adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1969, Pt. 1)