Monday, March 2, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt.16

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt.15)

PSYCHO  21
"THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"

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 17th of these...  "The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar".  This was the 4th comics version of this story, following EC's TALES FROM THE CRYPT #24 (Jun-Jul'51), Dell's TALES OF TERROR Movie Classic (Feb'63), and Doncel's TRINCA #8 (1971).

The art this time was by Jose Cardona, his only Poe adaptation,
while the cover was by Prieto Muriana.

SCREAM  10
cover by PRIETO MURIANA   (Skywald Publications  /  October 1974)
"THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by JOSE CARDONA  /  Page 9
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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 Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar" was reprinted here.

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  THE TELL-TALE HEART And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  June 1988)
(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt.17)

Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scan of PSYCHO #21 cover from The Horror-Mood blog.
     Special thanks to George E. Warner.
Scans of PSYCHO #21 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 TELL-TALE HEART 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 art by Prieto Muriana via Google Image Search.

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 Carlos Giminez CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Jose Cardona CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog