Saturday, January 17, 2015

Poe 1971, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1970)

WITZEND  8
"THE CITY IN THE SEA"

WITZEND was the creation of science-fiction illustrator Wallace Wood.  It was intended as a publication that would showcase the work of himself and others without any restrictions of publishers or the Comics Code, and where creators could maintain ownership of their work.

At one point, Bill Pearson took over control of the magazine.  It was during this point that Frank Frazetta decided to do an "illustrated" version of Poe's...

     "THE CITY IN THE SEA".

Although I have not seen a copy of this issue, the information I've been able to find online says it was 10 pages, which suggests 5 pages for text and 5 for the illustrations.  I may be mistaken... but, in any case, I'm posting here what I've been able to find.  If any more pieces turn up, I'll add them to what's here.  ENJOY!

WITZEND  8
cover by RALPH REESE   (Wonderful Publishing Company  /  Summer 1971)
"THE CITY IN THE SEA"  /  Version 2
Illustrations by FRANK FRAZETTA
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
This has been reprinted twice in the ensuing years...

THUNDA AMOUR INDOMPTABLE
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Xanadu  /  1983)
WITZEND  2
cover by various  (??  /  2014)
Copyright (C) Frank Frazetta.

Scan of WITZEND #8 from the GCD site.
Scans of THE CITY IN THE SEA from the Comic Art Fans site
     Special thanks to Rob Pistella.
Scan of THUNDA AMOUR INDOMPTABLE from Comics-France.com site.
Scan of WITZEND 2 from the Locustmoon site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Witzend at Wikipedia.
Read about Ralph Reese at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Frazetta at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.

Read about THE CITY IN THE SEA at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Classic Literature site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!

Read the John Tartaglione CITY IN THE SEA adaptation!
See the Frank Frazetta CITY IN THE SEA illustrations!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1971, Pt. 2)

2 comments:

  1. I don't remember where, but I've read that these illustrations were panels from an unsold newspaper strip Frazetta did in the 1950s. Apparently the woman would become a Jungle Girl.

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  2. Thanks! That sure makes more sense than what they were passed off as here.

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