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)
Artwork by EZRA JACKSON / Page 18
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
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.
Hear THE BLACK MASS radio episode!
Hear Meteo Van's musical MANUSCRIPT piece
at the Band Camp site.
Read the E. Allgor MANUSCRIPT adaptation!
Read the Osvaldo Talo MANUSCRIPT adaptation!
Read the Ibero Mundial De Ediciones MANUSCRIPT illustrated story!
Read the Ezra Jackson MANUSCRIPT illustrated story!
Read the Alfonso Font MANUSCRIPT adaptation!
Read the Leo Summers MANUSCRIPT adaptation!
Read the Jordi Martinez MANUSCRIPT adaptation!
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1972, Pt. 2)