Poe-Etic Injustice Dept: "THE RAVEN"
So like, everybody remember that Harvey Kurtzman dude? He split at one point, and Albert B. Feldstein stepped into the breach. This was shortly after William Gaines decided to give the entire rest of the comic-book industry, who had corrupted the Comics Code to put him out of business, THE FINGER.
He transformed his highly-successful color comic, MAD, into an EVEN MORE highly-successful B&W magazine. Excempt from the Code, it sold among the magazines. And like, MAN-- it SOLD.
So it was that 6 years after MAD (the color comic) tackled Poe's...
...MAD (the B&W magazine) decided to do it... AGAIN. Wow. But while Harvey Kurtzman kept every word of Poe's poem intact, and simply went wild with the pictures, writer Paul Laikin went completely off his head with the wordage. Can you dig it? Well, you'll have to... and groove on Mort Drucker's art while you're at it. Mmm.
Hey. Special thanks right now to "Pappy", without whom I might never have had a chance to read this myself. What a guy!
Finally, a special note to the purists out there. When published in the magazine, the first 4 pages were presented as 2-page spreads, requiring you to read across the top and then the bottom of both pages in sequence. Obliviously, this would not work on this blog. The pages, therefore, have been RE-FORMATTED to fit my screen. If you have problems with your screen, well, that's not my problem. ENJOY!
P.S.: I really like the mouse!
cover by KELLY FREAS (EC / June 1960)
Adaptation by Paul Laikin / Art by MORT DRUCKER / Page 44
Scan of MAD #55 from the GCD site
Scans of MAD #55 interiors from "Pappy"
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about EC Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about MAD magazine at Wikipedia.
Read about Albert B. Feldstein at Wikipedia.
Read about Kelly Freas at Wikipedia.
Visit the Kelly Freas website!
Read about Paul Laikin at Wikipedia.
Read about Mort Drucker at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Christopher Lee at Wikipedia.
Read about The Raven at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Poetry Foundation site.
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Christopher Lee recording!
Read the Harvey Kurtzman / Will Elder RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mort Drucker RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 2 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptations!
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Peter Cappiello RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Paul Coker, Jr. RAVEN adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Steve Ditko RAVEN story!
Read the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1960, Pt. 2)