Saturday, November 22, 2014

Poe 1963, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 1)

Poe's TALES OF TERROR

"THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"  (Conclusion)

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

Having skipped the first 3 Corman Poe films, Dell finally got into doing adaptations of them with the 4th-- TALES OF TERROR.  As the title suggests, this was an "anthology" film that featured 3 short stories.  All 3 had Vincent Price playing different roles.

Inexplicably, the Dell comic reversed the order of ther stories from the film.  So be it.  I've decided to simply run them in the order of the comic, even if it's backwards from what everyone is used to.  In the film, Basil Rathbone really steals the story, especially at the climax, when his megalomania is given full vent-- just before he completely loses it.

Poe's TALES OF TERROR
photo cover   (Dell  /  February 1963)
"THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by GEORGE EVANS  /  Page 8
And now... the EPIC conclusion!!!
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
"HYPNOTISM"  (feature)  /  Page 15
(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 3)

Copyright (C) 1962 by Alta Vista Productions.

Scan of TALES OF TERROR cover from the GCD site.
Scan of TALES OF TERROR inside front cover from the
     Killer Kats From Beyond The Grave blog.
Scans of TALES OF TERROR interiors from The Catacombs blog  /
     Special thanks to Chuck Wells !

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Coman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about George Evans at Wikipedia.
Read an interview with George Evans at the Words And Pictures blog.

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

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

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!