Monday, January 26, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 4

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 3)

SCREAM  3
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"

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 3rd of these...

     "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER".

     This was the 12th comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #4 (Dec'44),  
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47),
EC's THE VAULT OF HORROR #13 [2] (Jun-Jul'50),
Prize's BLACK MAGIC #28 (Jan-Feb'54), 
EC's TERROR ILLUSTRATED #1 (Nov'Dec'55),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #5 (1967),  
Warren's EERIE #20 (Mar'69),
Milano Libri's LINUS #50 (May'69),
Gino Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17 (Sep'69),
Ibero Mundial's DOSSIER NEGRO #17 (Jul'70), and
Populares' EL MONJE LOCO #143 (August 23, 1970),
     ...the last one 3 years earlier.

This would be the 1st of 3 consecutive Poe stories with art by "Maro Nava".  As it turns out, quite a few artists who worked for Skywald used psudonyms, because James Warren didn't want "his" artists working for anybody else!  Somehow, I couldn't quite tell under all the "effects" on "House Of Usher"-- but on the story that followed this, it suddenly became very clear!  "Maro Nava" was none other than Jerry Grandenetti !!  As I read at Wikipedia, in addition to his unique stylizations, he was also known for rendering in graytones.  He really took that to extremes here!

As it happens, it was my friend Mike Cannon Jr. posting this story at The EERIE Fans of CREEPY - and all HORROR/MONSTER MAGS/COMICS Facebook group that inspired me to start this entire huge POE project in the first place!  I had been planning to follow up my Jules Verne postings with H.G Wells, before moving on to either Arthur Conan Doyle or Edgar Allan Poe... but I jumped on Poe instead.  While Mike posted images photographed by a cell-phone camera, I'm using instead much-higher quality SCANS made from my own collection-- incredibly, the first time in this massive project I've had to do so!!  I'm afraid these are from the 1989 Eternity reprint, so the actual reproduction quality may be lower than if I'd done scans from the original 1973 magazine... but, you do what you can.  

After the 1960 Roger Corman / Richard Matheson / Vincent Price movie, and the 1981 Richard Corben adaptation, this is probably the 3rd version of this story I ever ran across.  ENJOY!

SCREAM  3
cover by FRANCISCO JAVIER GONZALEZ VILANOVA
     (Skywald Publications  /  December 1973)
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"  /  Version 12
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /
Art by JERRY GRANDENETTI  (as "MARO NAVA")  /  Page 29
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Page 40
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 BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  September 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publishing.

Scan of SCREAM #3 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of THE BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1 interiors & cover
     from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Skywald Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Sol Brodsky at Wikipedia.
Read about Al Hewetson at Wikipedia.
Read about Fracisco Javier Gonzalez Vilanova at Lambiek.
Read about Jerry Grandenetti at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Gladys Thornton at the IMDB site.
Read about the ESCAPE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Paul Free at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Kevin McCarthy at Wikipedia.
Read about Arnold Moss at Wikipedia.

Read about THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the Gladys Thornton WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Paul Frees ESCAPE episode!
Hear the Kevin McCarthy CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Gus Schrotter HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Harley M. Griffiths HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Harry Harrison HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Steve Ditko HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the George Evans HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!

Read the Osvaldo Talo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Tom Sutton HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Gino Dauro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

Read the Carlos Moro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Cirilo Munoz HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Martin Salvador HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
     (coming soon!)


Read the Nestor Redondo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Novelas Inmortales HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Arturo Arnau HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the E.C. Nickel HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Richard Corben HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the P.Craig Russell / Jay Geldof HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   
     (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1973, Pt. 5)

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