ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR 7
"DESCIDA NO MAELSTROM!
(IN COLOR w/ English Translation)
Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika were 3 names used by the same small publisher in Brazil. The work of artists Jayme Cortez & Miguel Penteado, they produced some wonderful comics, many of them in the horror genre, each doing many gorgeous, stunning cover paintings!
I have discovered, between my own researches and the IMMENSE help of artist and fellow fan Toni Rodrigues, that Continental / Outubro / Taika during their run produced at least 24 POE adaptations-- MORE than Skywald !! It's my intention to compile, clean up, TRANSLATE and COLOR every one of these for my POE blog project!!
ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #7, as it turns out, and not counting issue-long stories, was the 4th ALL-POE comic anthology, following Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47), CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), and Dell's Poe's TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63), the last one 4 years earlier. The next such book would be Gino Sansoni Editore's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17 (Sep'69), some 2 years later, followed by until Warren's CREEPY #69 (Feb'75), some 5-1/2 years after that!
Third up, and 20th in line from the publisher, that horrific ordeal...
"A DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM"
The comics debut of this story, another one of POE's "nautical disaster" tales. Sea-going journeys in the 19th Century were fraught with peril, and like many other popular writers of the time, POE spent several of his stories chronicling worst-case scenarios in that genre, among them "THE OBLONG BOX", "MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A BOTTLE", and "THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM".
This was one of 8 POE stories that Toni Rodrigues e-mailed me hi-res scans of, all at the same! It was a total surprise when I saw it. Between it being, admittedly, one of my LEAST-favorite POE stories, and it being yet another collaboration of artists "Edegar" and Ignacio Justo, I haven't exactly been looking forward to tackling it. Still, I was determined to give it my best effort, as always.
This was Edegar & Justo's 4th of 5 POE adaptations! ENJOY!
ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR 7
cover by NICO ROSSO (Editora Taika / Brazil / 1968)
"DESCIDA NO MAELSTROM"
("A DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM") / Version 1
Adaptation by Francisco De Assis /
Art by "EDEGAR" & IGNACIO JUSTO / Page 43
Don't go away! We'll be right back with the conclusion...
Copyright (C) Edegar, Ignacio Justo & Editora Taika.
Scans of ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #7 from Toni Rodrigues
with special thanks!
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika at Guia Dos Quadrinhos.
See more covers from Editora Outubro at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
See more covers from Editora Taika at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
Read about A DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story at the Poe Stories.com site.
Read about Whirlpools at Wikipedia.
Read the Edegar & Ignacio Justo MAELSTROM adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Cesar Lopez Vera MAELSTROM adaptation!
Read the Adolpho Usero Abellan MAELSTROM adaptation!
Read the Novedades Editores MAELSTROM adaptation! (coming soon!)
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
Don't miss the EPIC conclusion... coming up next!!!
(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 8)
An illustration from Jules Verne's essay "Edgard Poë et ses oeuvres" (Edgar Poe and his Works,1862) drawn by Frederic Lix or Yan' Dargent
“A Descent into the Maelstrom” is the story of a sailor whose ship is trapped in a giant whirlpool. The story was first printed in the May 1841 issue of Grahams Magazine, the same publication that had published “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” a month earlier. At the time of its publication, a reviewer for the Aristidean wrote the story was “noted for the boldness of its subject–a subject never dreamed of before…” Poe’s story was so realistic that some readers thought it was a true story, and a passage from the story was reprinted as fact in the ninth edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. The story was reprinted in Poe’s 1845 collection Tales of Edgar A. Poe. By the next year it had been translated into French and German. It remains one of Poe’s most popular tales and has been compared with both his detective stories and his science fiction. In 1869, Jules Verne, a devotee of Poe’s works, included the Maelstrom in his novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by having Captain Nemo attempt suicide by sending his submarine into the whirlpool."
--from the Poe Museum site