"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM"
Skywald Publications was the work of Sol Brodsky & Israel Waldman. While they had a small run of color comics designed to imitate Marvel, their biggest output and claim to fame were their B&W "Horror-Mood" magazines, done very much in the mode of James Warren's CREEPY and EERIE.
Al Hewetson, a writer & editor, soon joined the company and eventually became full editor when Brodsky returned to Marvel. Hewetson determined to give Skywald's horror line a more "literate" feel than Warren's had, resulting in, among other things, no less than 19 Edgar Allan Poe adaptations between 1972-75.
Here we come to the 2nd of these...
"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM".
This was the 8th comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #3 (Nov'44),
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47),
Marvel's SPELLBOUND #2 (Apr'52),
Youthful's BEWARE #10 (Jun'52),
Ziff-Davis's NIGHTMARE #2 (Fall'52),
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960), and
Temporae's EL MONJE LOCO #40 (Sep 4, 1968)
...the last one 5 years earlier!
The art this time was by Ricardo Villamonte, who apparently came from somewhere in South America. I mostly know him from work he did as an inker for both Marvel and DC.
Meanwhile, the unrelated cover painting is by Jose Miralles, who I feel is an amazing artist. Oddly enough, doing an online search, the project he seems to be getting the most noteriety for right now is THE GOLDEN CHILDEN'S BIBLE.
You know, one thing I can't figure is the number of Skywald covers where the logo is shrunken. Oh well!
cover by JOSE MIRALLES (Skywald Publications / October 1973)
Adaptation by Al Hewetson / Art by RICARDO VILLAMONTE / Page 26
EDGAR ALLAN POE: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN (Eternity Comics / September 1988)
Scan of SCREAM #2 from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #2 interiors from the Tebeos de Factura Hispana 2 blog.
Special thanks to Jose Ruiz DelAmor.
Scan of EDGAR ALLAN POE: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
AND OTHER STORIES #1 from my collection.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at The Poe Museum site.
Read about Ricardo Villamonte at Lambiek.
Read about Jose Miralles at the Lambiek site.
Read about Jose Miralles at the Comic Art Fans site.
See more of Jose Miralles art at the All Posters.com site.
See more of Jose Miralles art a The Pony Book Chronicles blog.
Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Spark Notes site.
Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Cliff Notes site.
Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Shmoop site.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
See the PENDULUM Gallery of Illustrations.
Hear the Basil Rathbone PIT AND THE PENDULUM recording!
See the Vincent Price PIT AND THE PENDULUM performance!
Hear the Henry Hull SUSPENSE episode! (ep. 24 / 1-12-1943)
Hear the Jose Ferrer SUSPENSE episode! (ep. 273 / 11-28-1947)
Hear the Vincent Price SUSPENSE episode! (ep.724 / 11-10-1957)
Hear the Raymond Burr SUSPENSE episode! (ep.805 / 6-7-1959)
Hear the Tony Roberts CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode! (3-4-1975)
Read the Gus Schrotter PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the August M. Froehlich PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Russ Heath PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Doug Wildey PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Everett Raymond Kinstler PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gedeone Malagola PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Ruben Lara Romero PENDULUM adaptation!
See the Pablo Marcos PENDULUM tribute!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Jose Ortiz PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the De La Rosa PENDULUM adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera PENDULUM illustrated story!
Read the Don McGregor / Rudy Mesina PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gerry Talaoc PENDULUM adaptation!
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1973, Pt. 4)