Thursday, October 9, 2014

Poe 1944, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1944, Pt. 1)

YELLOWJACKET COMICS  1
Famous Tales Of Terror  /  "THE BLACK CAT"
     (w/ Gallery of Illustrations)

Charlton Comics was an unusual publisher, in that they had their entire staff, including their own printing presses & distribution, all under one roof.  Comics was always a sideline for them, more something to keep the presses running than to make real money at.  Rates were always low, but many liked working there as they tended to have more freedom and zero interference with what they did.

If ever there was an oddball place for POE stories, it was YELLOWJACKET COMICS.  An anthology title starring the superhero "Yellowjacket", the mythical Greek Goddess "Diana The Huntress", and circus star Danny King, "King Of The Beasts", it also included "Famous Tales Of Terror".  4 of these were POE stories-- "THE BLACK CAT", "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM", "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER", and "THE TELL TALE HEART"-- in each case, the earliest comics versions I've found of them.

I find it funny that "King Of The Beasts" should get the cover spot on the first issue instead of the character the book is named after!

No doubt MOST people are familiar with "THE BLACK CAT" entirely from the middle segment of the Roger Corman anthology film, "TALES OF TERROR", which almost neatly combines the story with "A Cask Of Amontillado", as both feature scenes of people being bricked up in walls.  However, it's notable that the logic of both stories was inadvertently destroyed along the way.  Witness here the original story as Poe intended it, a parable which cautions against the evils of liquor as well as an advisory to "be kind to animals".

Bill Allison, the artist for this story, was mostly known for westerns, both in pulp magazines and early comic-books.

YELLOWJACKET COMICS 1
cover by HAROLD DeLAY  (Charlton  /  September 1944)
"THE BLACK CAT"  /  Version 1
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by BILL ALLISON  /  Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
64 YEARS later, this story was reprinted as part of a miscellaneous anthology...

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST HORROR COMICS
cover by A.C. HOLLINGSWORTH  (??)
(Running Press Book Publishers  /  2008)
I'm including a bonus gallery of illustrations by various artists over the decades.

"THE BLACK CAT" by Alphonse Legros   (1860)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Aubrey Beardsley   (1895)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Byam Shaw   (1909)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Harry Clarke   (1919)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Arthur Rackham   (1935)
"THE BLACK CAT" movie poster by unknown artist   (1941)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Fritz Eichenberg   (1944)
"THE BLACK CAT" by unknown   (SHONEN WEEKLY  /  1969)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Berni Wrightson   (1976)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Jayme Cortez Martins   (1980)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Jean L. Scrocco   (1986)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Greg Hildebrandt   (1986)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Abigail Larson   (2009)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Alexander Levett   (2014)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Frrruuussstraation   (2014)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Mike Penn   (2014)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Strange Digital   (2014)
"THE BLACK CAT" by The Loes Aint   (2014)
"THE BLACK CAT" by Kevin Necessary   (2014)
"THE BLACK CAT" by MG Keller Meyer   (2015)
Copyright (C) the various publishers & artists.

Scans of YELLOWJACKET COMICS #1 from the Comic Book Plus site.
     Special thanks to "Archiver_USA".
Scan of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST HORROR COMICS
     from the GCD site

     Scans of "The Black Cat" by...
Alphonse Legros (1960) from the Vam.Ak.UK site,
Aubrey Beardsley (1895) from The Paris Review blog,
Byam Shaw (1909) from the eBooksAdelaideEduAu site,
Harry Clarke (1919) from the Pellucidar Offerings blog,
Arthur Rackham (1935) from the Visual Melt site,
movie poster (1941) from unknown site,
Fritz Eichenberg (1944) from the Niche Poetre and Prose blog,
Shonen Weekly magazine (1969) from Julio Machedo at a Facebook group,
Berni Wrightson (1976) from The Golden Age blog,
Jayme Cortez martins (1980) from the Jayme Cortez blog,
Jean L. Scrocco (1986) from MY collection,
Greg Hildebrandt (1986) from MY collection,
Abigail Larson (2009) from the Deviant Art site,
Alexander Levett (2014) from the Deviant Art site,
"Frrruuussstraation" (2014) from the Deviant Art site,
Mike Penn alias "Madadman" (2014) from the Deviant Art site,
"Strange Digital" (2014) from the Deviant Art site,
"The Lows Aint" (2014) from the Digital Art site,
Kevin Necessary (2014) from the KevinNecessary site, and
MG Keller Meyer (2015) from the Digital Art site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Charlton Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about William Merle Allison at the Pulp Artists site
Read about William Merle Allison at the Lambiek site

See more Kevin Necessary art at his site.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Norman Rose at Wikipedia.

Read about THE BLACK CAT at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone BLACK CAT recording!
Hear the Norman Rose CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Bill Allison BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the St. John Publishing BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Luiz Saidenberg BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the Fran Matera BLACK CAT adaptation!
 
Read the Juarez Odilon BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Arturo Arnau BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Berni Wrightson BLACK CAT adaptation!
 

Read the Ricardo Villamonte BLACK CAT adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Editorial Maisal BLACK CAT illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Cassilas BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Alberto Breccia BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Josef Hutchinson BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the John Watkiss BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Horacio Lalia BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the David Mangiarotti BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gris Grimly BLACK CAT illustrated story!
Read the Richard Sala BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the Luis Scafati BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gerry Analguilan BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the James Fletcher BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the S.M. Vidaurri BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Xavier Besse BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the "Alineromero9" BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Fabian Goranson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the David G. Fores BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the La Storietaen BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Edu Molina BLACK CAT adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1944, Pt. 3) 

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