Saturday, August 13, 2016

Poe 1968, Pt. 18

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 17)

I CLASSICI A FUMETTI  7
"IL DELITTI DELLA VIA MORGUE"

     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)

Gino Sansoni Editore was a publisher in Italy active in the 1960s & 70s.

Like Société Parisienne d'Édition's MONDIAL AVENTURES in France, Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI was an attempt to emulate the success and subject matter of Gilberton's wildy-successful CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  The series was done in a tiny digest format, in B&W, with 2-3 panels per page.  It appears to have run at least 28 issues from 1967-70, and included a number of adapations not done in Gilberton's entire run.  Many of the stories focused on beautiful, sexy women, something reflected in most of their covers.

Among them were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

First up...

     "THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE"

This was the 4th version of the story, following Gilberton's CLASSIC COMICS #21 (Jul'44), Marvel's LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE #10 (Oct'49), and Milano Libri Edizioni's LINUS #39 (Jun'68), the latter only 1 month earlier!

The art this time was by Gino Dauro, who did a lot of work in both France and Italy.  If Guido Crepax' use of intense, almost excessive detail and tiny panels could make him comparable to George Perez, Daro's simpler, more straightforward style that focused entirely on storytelling might make him Italy's answer to Dick Ayers.  (I know that's a stretch, but I enjoy doing such things.)  While Crepax' "RUE MORGUE" was insanely crammed into a mere 7 pages, Daro's version is spread out over 88 pages!!!

This was his 1st of 4 Poe adaptations.

The English translation this time around required a lot more work on my part, as, like many feature films or TV adaptations, this version of the story was very much "fleshed out" and not a literal retelling of Poe's original.  Despite this, I still managed to use some authentic Poe text, an example being the narration on Page 1.

I CLASSICI A FUMETTI  7
cover by SERGIO ZANIBONI    
     (Gino Sansoni Editore  /  Italy  /  July-September 1968)
"IL DELITTI DELLA VIA MORGUE"
     ("THE CRIMES OF MORGUE STREET")
     ("THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE")  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Tito Monego  /  Art by GINO DAURO  /  Page 1

Pages 2-3
Pages 4-5
Pages 6-7
Pages 8-9
Pages 10-11
Pages 12-13
Pages 14-15
Pages 16-17
Pages 18-19
Pages 20-21
 



Copyright (C) Gino Dauro,  Sergio Zaniboni  &  Gino Sansoni Editore.
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2016 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scans of I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #7 from Silvano Caligari
     with special thanks!

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.


Read about Gino Sansoni at the Magliarossonera.it site.
See I CLASSICI A FUMETTI covers at the Comic Vine site.

Read about Gino Dauro at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.

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 Howard Priestley RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Clive Barker RUE MORGUE sequel!   (coming soon!)

Read the Silvio Camboni RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Sterling Press RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Reno Maniquis RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ola Skogang RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)


     Misc.:
Read the Gino Dauro RUE MORGUE adaptation! 
Read the Gino Dauro BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Gino Dauro TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Gino Dauro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 19)