Sunday, October 12, 2014

Poe 1945, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1944, Pt. 4)

CROWN COMICS  1
"THE OBLONG BOX"
     (w/ Gallery of Illustrations)

McCombs was a short-lived publisher which seems to have only put out 2 titles in its history-- LOVER PROBLEMS AND ADVICE, ILLUSTRATED (which lasted 2 issues)-- and CROWN COMICS (which lasted 19).  Their anthology featured such characters as Voodah (a jungle hero illustrated by Matt Baker), Mickey Magic, Buck Farrel, and Clue Kelley.  Mixed in there was Graves Ghost Hunter (who seems to have only appeared in one story), and, in the same issue-- an adaptation of...

     "THE OBLONG BOX"

One might have gotten the impression the series would have a supernatural slant, but all that strangely vanished after the 1st issue.  Their sole POE adaptation had art by Alex Blum, who later became a regular on Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  This was his 1st of 2 POE stories.

CROWN COMICS  1
cover by MATT BAKER  (McCombs  /  [Spring] 1945)
"THE OBLONG BOX"  /  Version 1
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by ALEX BLUM
Page 2
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Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
63 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 OBLONG BOX" by ??   (18??)
"THE OBLONG BOX" by Douglas Percy   (date unknown)
"THE OBLONG BOX" by ??   (1969)
Movie poster detail based on Harry Clarke illustration "The Premature Burial"
"THE OBLONG BOX" by Gregory K.H. Bryant   (2014)
"THE OBLONG BOX" by Kevin Necessary   (2014)
"THE OBLONG BOX" by MoodswingPrints   (2016)
Copyright (C) the various publishers.

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

     Scans of "The Oblong Box" by...
unknown (18??) from the EAP Museum site,
Douglas Percy (date unknown) from the The Culture Trip site
     special thanks to Alex Wurst,
AIP movie poster (1969) from the Buzz Dixon site,
Gregory K.H. Bryant (2014) from the The Horror Within site,
Kevin Necessary (2014) from the KevinNecessary.com site,
MoodswingPrints (2016) from the ArtPal.com site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Alex Blum at the Wikipedia site.
Read about Alex Blum at the Lambiek site.
See more Alex Blum art at the Comic Art Fans site.
Read the Alex Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!

See more Kevin Necessary art at his site.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE OBLONG BOX at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode! 

Read the Alex Blum OBLONG BOX adaptation!
Read the Jerry Grandenetti OBLONG BOX adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones OBLONG BOX adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Adelmo Almeida Dos Santos OBLONG BOX adaptation!
Read the John Pierard OBLONG BOX adaptation!

Read the Gris Grimly OBLONG BOX illustrated story!

     Misc:
Read the Alex Blum OBLONG BOX adaptation!
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1945, Pt. 2)

1 comment:

  1. I was always enchanted as a child by the work of Alex Blum. I had Macbeth at that time. I did not know who he was. When I was in my 40s I discovered Hamlet, Knights of the round table. This one is new to me.

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