Sunday, December 21, 2014

Poe 1965, Pt. 8

(Continued from Poe 1965, Pt. 7)


The real "golden age" of POE comics continues!

Warren was the small empire of magazine publisher James WarrenCREEPY was his first all-comics magazine.  Freed from constrictions of the Comics Code due to its B&W magazine format, editor Archie Goodwin managed to recruit the cream of the old EC artists, including Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Angelo Torres and Reed Crandall, as well as Gray Morrow and Frank Frazetta.  After doing his final comics story in CREEPY #1, Frazetta switched over to cover paintings, carving an entire new career for himself in the process.

Mixed in with new stories were a nice spattering of adaptations of classic works, among them those of Edgar Allan Poe.  In the late 60s, 6 of these appeared, the first 3 in CREEPY, the other 3 in its brother magazine, EERIE.  I feel safe in saying that despite the high caliber of some of the versions seen before this, these may have to rank among the BEST ever done.

Their 2nd offering...


     This was the 6th comics version of this, following...
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51),  
Ziff-Davis' FANTASTIC Vol.1 #3 (Nov'Dec'52),  
Editora Continental's CLASSICOS OF TERROR #1 (1960), and in  
Dell's Movie Classic of TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63).

It strikes me that Reed Crandall may have modeled his version of Fortunato on Peter Lorre, his wife on Joyce Jameson, and Montressor on Basil Rathbone.

cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Warren  /  December 1965)
Adaptation by Archie Goodwin  /  Art by REED CRANDALL  /  Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
I've noticed a trend in adaptations over the years to either add more personal drama, or tack on "poetic justice" at the end, to ensure a criminal gets what's coming to him, in case they didn't in the original.  For the 2nd time in a row in a Warren version, the murderer winds up coming to a nasty end, even though, in this case, he got away scot free in the original story.

Warren ran into some financial difficulties in the late 60s, resulting in the loss of most of his best talent and a 2-year period where both CREEPY and EERIE consisted of at least 50% reprints of material that wasn't that old yet.  "The Cask Of Amontillado!" was reprinted only 29 months after its original appearance.

cover by ALBERT NUETZELL   (Warren  /  May 1968)
VAMPUS was a Spanish version of CREEPY.  The 1st issue reprinted this story!

cover by KEN KELLY
(Ibero Mundial De Ediciones  /  Spain  /  September 1971)
By the time this story was reprinted again, Warren's main competitor, Skywald, had come and gone, and Warren had done another adaptation of the same story.  The reprint of this version appeared 6 months later, together with a reprint of "Hop-Frog", in an ALL-Reed Crandall reprint collection.  The cover, a paste-up department composite of Crandall art, is a bad idea when it comes to coloring line-art intended for B&W.  I can't believe then-editor Bill DuBay actually let this cover go thru, with Crandall's name MIS-SPELLED.

cover by REED CRANDALL   (Warren  /  October 1975)
Here we have the 1st of 5 reprint collections using the same cover (more or less).  This book collects 15 various Warren POE stories by a variety of artists, from from 1965-1976.

cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Toutain Editor  /  Spain  /  1980)
A year later, the German edition only included 10 of the 15 stories, and assembled those in a completely different order!

cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Volksverlag  /  Germany  /  1981)
A sample page of the story in German!
Semic Press was at one point the largest comics publisher in Sweden.  Here they did a "CREEPY SPECIAL" that reprinted 15 Warren POE stories from 1965-1976.  Oddly enough, the cover was a reprint of one that had been used by another publisher on an all-Richard Corben collection!

cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Semic Press  /  The Netherlands  /  1982) 
Dark Horse started as a small "independant" comics publisher in the early 80s "direct market" boom, and remains, currently, one of the FEW survivors of that brief, glorious period. In 2008, they began a series of reprints of CREEPY and EERIE, licensed from James Warren, who had gotten back the rights to those series following a lawsuit with Harris Comics, who had earlier acquired them via a bankruptcy auction.  "The Cask Of Amontillado!" made its 4th appearance in the 2nd collection-- oddly enough, with the SAME cover painting on on the issue it originally appeared in.

cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Dark Horse  /  December 2008)
Copyright (C) Warren Publishing.

Scan of CREEPY #6 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CREEPY #6 interiors from The Golden Age blog.
Scan of CREEPY #20 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of VAMPUS #1 from the GCD site.
Scan of CREEPY #74 from the Heritage Auctions site.
     from the Whakoom site.
Scan of EDGAR POE from the site.
Scan of EDGAR POE interior page from the Monster Magazine World blog.
Scans of the CREEPY SPECIAL from the site.
Scan of CREEPY ARCHIVES Volume Two from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about the SUSPENSE tv series at Wikipedia.
Read about Bela Lugosi at Wikipedia.
Read about Romney Brent at Wikipedia.
Read about Ray Walston at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Kiley at Wikipedia.
Read about Frances Sternhagen at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Frazetta at Wikipedia.
Read about Archie Goodwin at Wikipedia.
Read about Reed Crandall at Wikipedia.
Read about Albert Nuetzell at The Art Gallery Of Albert Nuetzell site.

Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Watch the SUSPENSE TV adaptation!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!

Read the Graham Ingels AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Rudy Palais AMONTILLADO adaptation!
See the Virgil Finlay AMONTILLADO illustrated story art!
      Read the Iger Shop AMONTILLADO sequel!
Read the Gedeone Malagola AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Fran Matera AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Osvaldo Talo AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Edmundo Rodrigues AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Frank Brunner AMONTILLADO sequel!
     Read the Cirilo Munoz AMONTILLADO sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Martin Salvador AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Don McGregor / Mike Golden AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Noly Zamora AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Walter James Brogan AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1966)

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