Monday, October 20, 2014

Poe 1947, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1947, Pt. 2)

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe  /  "THE ADVENTURE OF HANS PFALL"
     (Conclusion  w/ Gallery of Illustrations)

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
Page 26  /  And now-- the EPIC conclusion!!
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
Page 34
Page 35
All 3 stories in this issue were reprinted in the "Illustrated Library Of EXCITING MYSTERY STORIES" which contains the contents of CLASSIC COMICS #13 (Aug'43), #21 (Jul'44), #30 (Sep'46), and CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47), including all 4 Poe stories featured to date.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GIANTS  2
cover by ??   (Gilberton  /  October 1949)
EDICAO MARAVILHOSA  27
cover by HENRY C. KIEFER
     (Editora Brasil-America Limitdad  [EBAL]  /  Brazil  /  September 1950)
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
cover by HENRY C. KIEFER   (Thorpe & Porter  /  England  /  1952)
Acclaim reprinted many of Gilberton's stories in digest-size in 1997,
with scholarly essays added.  The 2nd Poe volume included this story.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED STUDY GUIDES  17
cover by JEN MARRUS   (Acclaim  /  August 1997)
I'm including a bonus gallery of illustrations by various artists over the decades.

"HANS PFALL" by Gerard Van  (1864)
"HANS PFALL" by ??  (1925)
"HANS PFALL" by Fritz Eichenberg  (1944)
"HANS PFALL" by ??  (1985)
"HANS PFALL" by Joan-Pere Viladecans  (2004)
"HANS PFALL" by ??  (2006)
"HANS PFALL's 1830s Spacecraft" by KingOvRats  (2015)
"HANS PFALL" by ??  (19??)
"HANS PFALL" by ??  (Editora Rideel  /  20??)
"HANS PFALL" by ??  (Libri Pass  /  20??)
"HANS PFALL" by Joel Akerman  (2016)
"What Took You So Long?" by Jason Strutz  (20??)
Copyright (C) Gilberton  &  the various artists & publishers.

Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 interiors from the XXXXXX site.
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GIANT #2 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of EDICAO MARAVILHOSA #27 from the Mercado Livre site.
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Thorpe & Porter) from the GCD site.
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED STUDY GUIDES #17
     from the My Comics Shop site.

     Scans of "The Adventure Of Hans Pfall" by...
Gerald Van (1864) from the Potassium With a Capital K site,
?? (1925) from the TerceraFundacion site,
Fritz Eichenberg (1944) from the Full Table site,
?? (1985) from the Paperback Swap site,
Joan-Pere Viladecans (2006) from the Yekibud site,
?? (2006) the ?? site,
KingOvRats (2015) from the Deviant Art site,
?? (??) from the Barberist site,
?? (Editora Rideel  /  20??) from the Editora Ridell.com site,
?? (Libri Pass  /  20??) from the LibriPass site,
Joel Akerman (2016) from the Illustration Centrum site, and
Jason Struzt (20??) from the Strutz Illustration site.

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

See more Joel Akerman art at the Illustrator Centrum site.
See more Jason Strutz art at the Strutz Illustration 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!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Dino Battaglia HANS PFALL adaptation!
Read the Hieronomous Fromm HANS PFALL illustrated story!

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!!!  


(Continued in Poe 1947, Pt. 4) 

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