Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Poe 1977, Pt. 4

(Continued from Poe 1977, Pt. 3)

MARVEL CLASSIC COMICS  28
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"


One more with the first all-POE comic since CREEPY #70.

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.

Bizarrely enough, the 3rd story in MCC #28 had had a sequel done for it at Marvel, before the actual story.  Thanks to Don McGregor, this time the original story itself was finally being done.

Another perrenial favorite, the story in question, of course, is...
     "The Cask Of Amontillado".

This was the 7th comics version of this story, following EC's CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #3 (Feb-Mar'51), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), Dell's Movie Classic TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63), Warren's CREEPY #6 (Dec'65), Skywald's SCREAM #5 (Apr'74), and Warren's CREEPY #70 (Apr'75) -- the last one, 25 months earlier.

As with the 2 previous stories, the writer, Don McGregor, did the layouts himself.  Unlike the other 2, the finished art this time was not by someone from the Phillipines-- but instead, surprisingly, by someone making their professional comics debut-- Michael Golden!

I've long found Golden to have one of the most BIZARRE-looking pencilling styles I've ever seen in "mainstream" comics, and I suppose it shouldn't be surprising that he made his debut in a "horror" story. He's done a wild variety of types of stories in his time, including Man-Bat, G.I. JOE, and the first year of MICRONAUTS, the series he probably really made his mark in the business on.  Enjoy!

MARVEL CLASSICS COMICS  28
cover by Gene Colan & Tom Palmer   (Marvel  /  [May] 1977)
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"  /  Version 7
Adaptation & Layouts by Don McGregor  /  Art by MIKE GOLDEN
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Page 48
Page 49  /  Poe portrait
Back cover  /  Ad
These stories, as far as I know, have never been reprinted in America.
But they have been at least twice, overseas...

CLASSICOS DE PAVOR  6   (DREAD CLASSICS)
cover by ??   (Editora Bloch  /  Brazil  /  1977)
HISTORIAS FANTASTICAS  8   (FANTASTIC STORIES)
cover by ??   (Editora Bloch  /  Brazil  /  1978)
Copyright (C) Marvel Comics.

Scans of MARVEL CLASSICS COMICS #28
     from my collection!
Scans of CLASSICOS DE PAVOR #6 and HISTORIAS FANTASTICAS #8
     from the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Marvel Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Marvel Classics Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Don McGregor at Wikipedia.
Visit the Don McGregor website!
Visit the Don McGregor Facebook page!
Read about Michael Golden at Wikipedia.
See more of Michael Golden's art at the Comic Art Community site.
See more of Michael Golden's art at the Comic Art Fans site.
Read about Gene Colan at Wikipedia.
Read about Tom Palmer 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!
Read the Fran Matera AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!
     Read the Frank Brunner AMONTILLADO sequel!
Read the Jerry Grandenetti AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Martin Salvador AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Don McGregor / Mike Golden AMONTILLADO adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1977, Pt. 5)