Thursday, November 20, 2014

Poe 1963, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1962, Pt. 3)

Poe's TALES OF TERROR
"THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"
     (A Movie Classic)

It seems in the wake of the Comics Code, and "horror" comics vanishing from the landscape, Poe comics adaptations went with them (barring the odd reprint or MAD parody, and that one Steve Ditko story).  Roger Corman's films for AIP saw a resurgence, but it took a while for comics to catch up.

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

Having skipped the first 3 Corman Poe films, Dell finally got into doing adaptations of them with the 4th-- TALES OF TERROR.  As the title suggests, this was an "anthology" film that featured 3 short stories.  All 3 had Vincent Price playing different roles.

Inexplicably, the Dell comic reversed the order of the stories from the film.  So be it.  I've decided to simply run them in the order of the comic, even if it's backwards from what everyone is used to.  Thus, we start with...

     "THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR".

This story had been loosely adapted 12 years earlier in TALES FROM THE CRYPT #24 (Jun'51).  Now it was being adapted from a movie adaptation!

Poe's TALES OF TERROR
photo cover   (Dell  /  February 1963)

Inside front cover
"THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by GEORGE EVANS
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Don't go away!  We'll be right back with the conclusion... 

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 2)

Copyright (C) 1962 by Alta Vista Productions.

Scan of TALES OF TERROR cover from the GCD site.
Scan of TALES OF TERROR inside front cover from the
     Killer Kats From Beyond The Grave blog.
Scans of TALES OF TERROR interiors from The Catacombs blog  /
     Special thanks to Chuck Wells !

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about George Evans at Wikipedia.
Read an interview with George Evans at the Words And Pictures blog.

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

Read about THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre PREMATURE BURIAL episode!
     (including THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR)

Read the Graham Ingels VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the George Evans VALDEMAR adaptation!

Read the "Edegar" & Ignacio Justo VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Carlos Gimenez VALDEMAR adaptation!
 

Read the Jose Cardona VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Julio Shimamoto VALDEMAR adaptation!

Read the Alberto Breccia VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Joan Boix VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

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

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 2)

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