Sunday, January 18, 2015

Poe 1972, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1971, Pt. 2)

TALES OF VOODOO  v5  4
"MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE"

Eerie Publications was one of the companies set up by el cheapo schlockmeister Myron Fass (infamously of M.F. Enterprises, who put out the android "Captain Marvel" who yelled "SPLIT!" --and then did).  While clearly meant to imitate and compete with the glorious James Warren B&W horror comics magazines (CREEPY, EERIE, etc.), the byword for these was "tacky".  On every level.  Instead of trying to raise the bar on quality of art and writing, these seem more aimed at the lowest possible dominator, kids who could take a perverse pleasure in being able to read shocking, brutally violent stuff that made the worst excesses of the early-1950s seem tame by comparison.

I don't think I actually have even a single one of these in my entire collection.  In fact, frankly, I'm surprised that a POE story even turned up in any of them.  But according to my research, it did.  This is another instance where, at the time I set this page up, all I had was a cover... but, thanks to a fellow fan, before too long I found myself in the posession of a complete set of scans!  Don't you just love the internet?

The story in question is the relatively obscure...

     "MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE".

     This was the 4th comics version of the story, following...
Youthful's CHILLING TALES #17 (Oct'53),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #3 (1967), and
Ibero Mundial's MAESTROS DEL TERROR #5 (1970).
     In this case, it's actually an "illustrated story", not a "comic"...  but what the HELL!

TALES OF VOODOO  v5  4
cover by ??  &  retouches by Carl Burgos   (Eerie Publications  /  June 1972)
"MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE"  /  Version 4
Artwork by EZRA JACKSON  /  Page 18
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Copyright (C) Eerie Publications.

Scan of TALES OF VOODOO v5 #4 cover from the Monsterbrains site.
Scans of TALES OF VOODOO v5 #4 interiors supplied by George E. Warner
     with special thanks!

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Myron Fass Wikipedia.
Read about Eerie Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Eerie Publications at the Boing Boing site.
See a TON of Eerie Publications covers at Google Search!
Read TONS of Eerie Publications horror comics at The Blood Pulp! blog!
Read about Bill Alexander at the This Is Horror blog!

Read about MS. Found In A Bottle at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

Read the E. Allgor MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE adaptation!
Read the Osvaldo Talo MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE adaptation!
Read the Ibero Mundial De Ediciones MANUSCRIPT adaptation!
     (coming soon!)
Read the Ezra Jackson MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE illustrated story!
Read the Alfonso Font MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE adaptation!

Read the Leo Summers MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE adaptation!
Read the Jordi Martinez MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1972, Pt. 2)

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