Friday, April 17, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 7

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 6)

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88  /   KING CLASSICS  14
"EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO"  /  "THE GOLD BUG"

     (Part 3)

Editorial Bruguera in Barcelona, Spain, from 1970-1983 published 270 issues of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES (LITERARY YOUTH JEWELS), and were clearly following in the same path as Gilberton's more famous CLASSIC COMICS / CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  One big difference was, most of their adaptations of classic stories were never translated into English.

Fortunately for my POE project, one that was, was the ONLY story of Poe's that was done by JLJ... "THE GOLD BUG".

This was the 4th comics version of this story, following Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), Boy Scouts Of America's BOYS' LIFE (Jul'54), and Empresa Nacional de Publicidade's CAVALEIRO ANDANTE #453 (Sep'60). 
 
Unlike the 3 previous adaptations of this story I've read, this one was greatly expanded, in the same fashion many episodes of "THE SAINT" with Roger Moore were when they turned existing short stories into hour-long TV episodes.  There's a major sub-plot, involving another man living on the island, that was added just for this version.

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL   (Editorial Bruguera  /  Spain  /  1973)
KING CLASSICS  14
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL
     (Editorial Bruguera  &  King Features Syndicate  /  1977)
"THE GOLD BUG"  /  Version 4
Adaptation by Ramon Bacardit  /  Art by ANTONIO CALMEIRO TOMAS
English Translation by Dr. Marion Kimberly
Page 21  /  "And now... the EPIC conclusion!"
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Copyright (C) 1977 Editorial Bruguera, S.A., Barcelona, Spain
Copyright (C) 1977 King Features Syndicate, New York, U.S.A.

Scan of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES #88 from the Lalecturaderamon site.
Scans of KING CLASSICS #14 from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editorial Bruguera, S.A. at Wikipedia.
Read about Joyas Literarias Juveniles at The Mystic Bubble blog.
Read about Anthony Bernal at The Mystic Bubble blog.

Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.

Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode!
Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!

Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Henry Sharp GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Fernando Bento GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Antonio Calmerio Tomas GOLD BUG adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 1)