Thursday, December 25, 2014

Poe 1967, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1967, Pt. 1)

EERIE  12
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"

The real "golden age" of POE comics continues!

Warren, in late 1967, ran into some financial difficulties.  While Forry Ackerman's baby "FAMOUS MONSTERS" plowed on with no noticable drop in quality (that would come in the period following Boris Karloff's death), both CREEPY and EERIE lost most of their top talent, as well as their editor & top writer Archie Goodwin.  They also began having about 50% of every issue consist of reprints of material that wasn't that old to begin with.  And, as someone pointed out to me, they even began having covers appear on the wrong issues, and mis-spelled words on some of those covers.  Good grief!

As things were just beginning to go right over the edge, a real gem appeared, from one of the few NEW artists who had real talent, and must have been eager enough to work for lower page rates:  TOM SUTTON.  Several years ago, while re-reading a big chunk of my Warren collection, I was reminded that his art had apparently had a big influence on the work I did while in high school-- both in my home-made "crime" and "horror" comics.  In effect, this guy was one of my unsung heroes!

Which brings us to Warren's 5th POE adaptation:

     "THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH".

This was the 7th comics adaptation of the story, following Marvel's ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #4 (Spring'52), Charlton's THE THING #2, Editora Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960), Marvel's STRANGE TALES #83 (Apr'61), Dell's Move Classic of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, and Golden Press' TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE (1965), the last one some 2 years earlier.  Suffice to say, Warren's version-- by the departing Archie Goodwin & the incoming Tom Sutton-- was the most "authentic" to date.

As an aside, the cover, illustrating a scene from the 1944 movie THE MUMMY'S CURSE-- was apparently done by artist Dan Adkins to accompany a reprint of the comics adaptation of THE MUMMY'S HAND, done a few years earlier in Warren's MONSTER WORLD #2 (Jan'65).  Probably as a result of the editorial confusion going on at this time, the story appeared in CREEPY #17 (Oct'67) instead of EERIE #12 (Nov'67).  "OOPS!"  Incidentally, while Russ Jones & Joe Orlando are credited with that particular movie adaptation, I've read the art was actually done by Dan Adkins, uncredited, in his most "Wally Wood"-like mode.

EERIE  12
cover by DAN ADKINS   (Warren  /  November 1967)
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"  /  Version 7
Adaptation by Archie Goodwin  /  Art by TOM SUTTON
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You might think with all the reprints in the regular issues from late 1967-70 they wouldn't need an ALL-reprint "Annual".  THINK AGAIN!

EERIE  1970 YEARBOOK
Cover by Frank Frazetta   (Warren  /  1969)
Production Dept. composite of the covers of EERIE #2, 3, 5 & 7.
Like many American publishers, Warren stories were reprinted by a wide
variety of publishers overseas, usually in a jumbled, chaotic, haphazard way.  Ibero Mundial de ediciones in Spain was one of those publishers...

VAMPUS  12
cover by SANJULIAN   (Ibero Mundial de ediciones  /  Spain  /  1972)
Semic in Finland was another one...

SHOKKI  13
cover by R. CONWAY   (Semic  /  Finland  /  [December] 1974) 
"PUNAINEN KUOLEMA"   
("THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"  /  Version 4)
VAMPI-COMIC  13
cover by ENRICH TORRES   (Paben Verlag  /  Germany  /  1975)
I see I'm not the only one who decided to take a whack at coloring
Tom Sutton's art...

CREEPY  25
cover by KEN KELLY   (Publicness  /  France  /  1975)
EERIE ARCHIVES Volume Three
Cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Dark Horse  /  June 2010)
As a bonus, here's a still from THE MUMMY'S CURSE (1944),
to compare with Adkins' cover above.
As a further bonus, I decided to try COLORING this story for fun!!  I guess that just shows how much I enjoy Tom Sutton's work for Warren from this period.  Since he used intricate B&W line rendering for shading, not graytones, this should actually work quite well.  The trick is to use mostly solid, "flat" colors, as well as faded-out pastels, to not get in the way of all that gorgeous linework.

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Copyright (C) Warren Publishing
New color Copyright (C) 2014 by Henry R. Kujawa

Scan of EERIE #12 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of EERIE #12 interiors from The Golden Age blog.
Scan of EERIE YEARBOOK from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of VAMPUS #12 from the  Necronomicon Delostemplarios site.
Scans of SHOKKI #13 / 1974 from the Muuta.Net site.
Scans of VAMPI-COMIC #13 supplied by Ernie Laczo
     with special thanks!
Scan of CREEPY #25 (France) from eBay.
Scan of EERIE ARCHIVES Volume Three from the GCD site.
Scan of THE MUMMY'S CURSE photo from the Hollywood Metal site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.
Read about Dan Adkins at Wikipedia.
Read about Archie Goodwin at Wikipedia.
Read about Tom Sutton at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about The CBS Radio Mystery Theater at Wikipedia.

Read about THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Bill Everett RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Bob Forgione RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Manoel Ferreira RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Steve Ditko RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RED DEATH adaptation!
 

Read the Tom Sutton RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Don Heck RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ricardo Villamonte RED DEATH adaptation!
 

Read the Richard Corben RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Wayne Howard RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Francisco Agras RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Flavio Colin RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Auraleon RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)


See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1967, Pt. 3)

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