Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Poe 1949

(Continued from Poe 1947, Pt. 5)


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.

LAWBRERAKERS ALWAYS LOSE was one of many such anthology titles that focused on "crime".  What we have here is is a story that is either inspired by, or, a loose adaptation of, "The Murders In The Rue Morgue".  I would suggest it was mostly inspired by the 1932 film with Bela Lugosi, since it focuses so much on the carnival sideshow and isn't really a "mystery" as the original story was.  There also seems a tip-of-the-opera hat to the 1932 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, when you see the gorilla strolling down the street in a tux, looking not that much different from Frederic March.

This would be the 2nd comics story based on or inspired by "Rue Morgue", the previous one being 5 years earlier in Gilberton's CLASSIC COMICS #21 (Jul'44).  As it happens, that version had been reprinted as CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #21 (Aug'49) only 2 months before this came out, and again in CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GIANTS #2 (Oct'49), the SAME month as this, suggesting whoever did this one may have been inspired by the other one.

The GCD site has no listing for who the writer or artist might be.  ANY IDEAS?

The guy in the (unrelated) cover photo sure looks to me like a young Darren McGavin, who, a decade later, would play MIKE HAMMER on TV!

photo cover   (Marvel  /  October 1949)
     (inspired by "The Murders In The Rue Morgue")  /  Version 2
Story & art by ??  /  Page 18
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(Continued in Poe 1951, Pt. 1)

Copyright (C) Marvel Comics.

Scan of LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE #10 cover from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE #10 interiors
     from Pappy's Golden Age Comics blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Special thanks to "Pappy"!

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Marvel comics at Wikipedia.

Read about THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Classic Literature site.
Read the complete story at the Poe Museum site.

Read the Arnold L. Hicks MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Cezar Lopez MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE adaptation!
     (Coming soon-- does anybody out there have scans???)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!