Sunday, October 19, 2014

Poe 1947, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1947, Pt. 1)

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe  /  "THE ADVENTURE OF HANS PFALL"

Gilberton's 4th stab at Poe, in CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40, was the 1st all-Poe comic, containing 3 of his stories in a single issue:   

"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM",
"THE ADVENTURE OF HANS PFALL", and
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER".

The 1st and 3rd of these had been done previously in YELLOWJACKET COMICS #3 & 4, though these new versions were each twice the length of the earlier versions.

In most reprints, this story had 1 page CUT, which was done by combining 2 pages into 1 (pages 23 & 24).  Yep, that reprehensible practice goes back at least that far.  I wonder if the current license owner is doing "UNCUT" versions in the newest editions?  Somebody should.

Well, friend and fellow fan Don Bearden-- whose specialty is "Classics" comics-- sent me scans of the 2 original pages.  This in turn inspired me to do additional clean-ups of ALL the images, some 14 months after I had initially put them up.

So now, the story is both INTACT again, but also MASSIVELY cleaned up!  Enjoy! 

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
cover by HENRY C. KIEFER   (Gilberton  /  August 1947)
"THE ADVENTURE OF HANS PFALL"
Adaptation by Samuel Willinsky  /  Art by HENRY C. KIEFER
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Don't go away!  We'll be right back with the conclusion...

Copyright (C) Gilberton.

Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 from the Heritage Auctions site
Scans of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 interiors from the XXXXXX site
Scans of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 pages 23-24 supplied by Don Bearden
     with special thanks!

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Henry C. Kiefer at the Pulp Artists site
See more Henry C. Kiefer art at the Comic Art Fans site

Read about THE UNPARALLELED ADVENTURE OF HANS PFALL
     at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story at the Xroad.Virginia.Edu site.

Read the Henry C. Kiefer HANS PFALL adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HANS PFALL adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED are currently being reprinted--
     go to the CLASSIC COMICS STORE to BUY your own copies!!!


Don't miss the EPIC conclusion... coming up next!!! 

(Continued in Poe 1947, Pt. 3)

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