Thursday, October 23, 2014

Poe 1947, Pt. 4

(Continued from Poe 1947, Pt. 3)

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe  /  "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"

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.

After the lengthy flight of fantasy that is "HANS PFALL", now I get to something I've really been looking forward to... the CI version of "HOUSE OF USHER".  This is probably one of the most famous and popular of Poe's stories, reflected in the large number of both film and comics adaptations over the decades.

While the other 2 stories each had 1 page CUT from it in the reprints, this one had 2 pages cut!  What they did in this case was combine 2 pages into 1, and just remove another page entirely.

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

So now, the story is INTACT again, as well as MASSIVELY cleaned up!  Enjoy! 

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
cover by HENRY C. KIEFER   (Gilberton  /  August 1947)
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by Samuel Willinsky  /  Art by HARLEY M. GRIFFITHS
Page 37
Page 38
Page 39
Page 40
Page 41
Page 42
Page 43
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

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Harley M. Griffiths at the Lambiek site
See more Harley M. Griffiths art at the Comic Art Fans site

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Gladys Thornton at the IMDB site.
Read about the ESCAPE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Paul Free at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Kevin McCarthy at Wikipedia.
Read about Arnold Moss at Wikipedia.

Read about THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

     Audio:
Hear the Basil Rathbone HOUSE OF USHER recording!
Hear the Gladys Thornton WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Paul Frees ESCAPE episode!
Hear the Kevin McCarthy CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

     Comics:
Read the Gus Schrotter HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Harley M. Griffiths HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Harry Harrison HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Steve Ditko HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the George Evans HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!

Read the Osvaldo Talo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Tom Sutton HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

Read the Carlos Moro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Cirilo Munoz HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Martin Salvador HOUSE OF USHER adaptation! 
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
     (coming soon!)


Read the Nestor Redondo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Pablo Marcos HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
Read the Novelas Inmortales HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Arturo Arnau HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
Read the E.C. Nickel HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Richard Corben HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the P.Craig Russell / Jay Geldof HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

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. 5)

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