Saturday, January 24, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 2)

SCREAM  2
"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 MarvelHewetson 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!

SCREAM  2
cover by JOSE MIRALLES   (Skywald Publications  /  October 1973)
"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM"  /  Version 8
 Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by RICARDO VILLAMONTE  /  Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Eternity Comics, for a few years, was a very successful small publisher, who split their output between a number of original series, licensed series, and reprints of old comics.  This included quite of few of the Poe stories from Skywald!

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  September 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

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

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about The Spanish Inquisition at Wikipedia.

Read about Skywald Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Sol Brodsky at Wikipedia.
Read about Al Hewetson at Wikipedia.
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 Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about the Suspense radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Henry Hull at Wikipedia.
Read about Jose Ferrer at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Raymond Burr at Wikipedia.
Read about the CBS Radio Mystery Theater at Wikipedia.
Read about Tony Roberts at Wikipedia.

Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone PIT AND THE PENDULUM recording!
See the Vincent Price PIT AND THE PENDULUM performance!
Hear the Henry Hull SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Jose Ferrer SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Vincent Price SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Raymond Burr SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Tony Roberts CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Gus Schrotter PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the August M. Froehlich PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Russ Heath PENDULUM adaptation!  (coming soon!)
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!
     (coming soon)
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)

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