Poe's THE RAVEN
(A Movie Classic / Conclusion)
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.
We come now to the 2nd of 5 Dell "Movie Classics" devoted to American International Pictures' POE series, which features an adaptation of the 5th of 8 films in that series directed by Roger Corman. (Confused enough?) This also happens to be the 3rd comics adaptation-- more or less-- of Poe's most famous poem...
Following in the footsteps of 2 previous MAD magazine versions-- and "The Black Cat" segment of the film "TALES OF TERROR"-- this film was played very much for comedy. How much of that made it into the comic remains to be seen.
Apart from the superb cast which includes Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court and a very young Jack Nicholson, thie film is also notable as one of the inspirations for Steve Ditko's DR. STRANGE, MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS. Not only did that comics series debut only a few short months after the film was released in theatres, in the early episodes, the hero bore a striking resemblence to Vincent Price!
Poe's THE RAVEN
photo cover (Dell / September 1963)
Adaptation by Don Segall / Art by FRANK SPRINGER
Page 23 / "And now... the EPIC conclusion!"
Scan of Poe's THE RAVEN from the Destination Nightmare blog.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
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 Peter Lorre at Wikipedia.
Read about Boris Karloff at Wikipedia.
Read about Hazel Court at Wikipedia.
Read about Jack Nicholson at Wikipedia.
Read about the film THE RAVEN at Wikipedia.
Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Springer at the Lambiek site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Romitaman site.
See more Frank Springer art at the Comic Art Fans site.
Read about Basil Rathbone 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 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptation! (coming soon!)
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 1964, Pt. 1)