Sunday, September 17, 2017

Poe 1969, Pt. 3

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 21)

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"LOS DIENTES DE BERENICE"
     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)

Revistas Populares was a publisher in Mexico active in the 1960s & 70s.

EL MONJE LOCO ("The Mad Monk") could be described as Mexico's version of EC's horror hosts-- except, he predated them by quite a few years.  Created by Galilea Montijo, the character debuted on a radio show in 1937.  Like EC's later "Vault Keeper", he wore a robe with a hood over his head, and introduced and/or narrated countless horror tales.  His famous catch-phrase was, "Nadie sabe, nadie supo" ("No one knows, no one knew"), immortalized by the cavernous voice of Salvador Carrasco.

Over time, he was spun off into feature films, and comic-books.  MANY comic-books!!!

Among them stories were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

Second up...

     "BERENICE"

     This was the 4th comics version of this, following...
Outubro's CLASSICOS OF TERROR #8 (1962),  
Warren's EERIE #11 (Sep'67), and
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #6 (1968)
     ...the latter about a year earlier.

TEXT TO BE DETERMINED  /  Prepare to have your mind BLOWN.  I do not say this lightly.  As of 6-12-2017, I have discovered (so far) 22 different comics versions of this story.  And, despite this one being "updated" to 1944, I consider this one to have the BEST-looking art of any of them I've seen to date!

The art is by Carlos Moro, who was

As far as I know, none of these have ever been translated into English.
UNTIL NOW.  Enjoy!

EL MONJE LOCO  74
cover by ??   
     (Revistas Populares / Novaro  /  Mexico  /  April 30, 1969)
"LOS DIENTES DE BERENICE"
     ("THE TEETH OF BERENICE")  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Salvador Carrasco  /  Art by CARLOS MERO  /  Page 1
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