Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt. 1)

SCREAM  5
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"

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 5th of these...

     "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO".

     This was the 10th comics version of this story, following...
EC's CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #3 (Feb-Mar'51),
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51),  
Ziff-Davis' FANTASTIC Vol.1 #3 (Nov'Dec'52),  
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #1 (1960),  
Dell's Movie Classic TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63),  
Warren's CREEPY #6 (Dec'65),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICS DE TERROR #4 (1967),  
O Livreiro's TERROR ILUSTRADO #1 (1970),
Mundial's MAESTROS DEL TERROR #1 (1970), and
Eerie's TERROR TALES v.6 #1 (Feb'74),
     ...the last one a mere 2 months earlier!.

This would be the 3rd 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 Oblong Box", it suddenly became very clear!  "Maro Nava" was none other than Jerry Grandenetti !!

This issue also contained a 2-page vignette that combined a pair of Poe poems-- "The Conqueror Worm" and "The Haunted Palace".  Thanks to American International Pictures' marketing department, there exists a pair of feature films with those titles, but which, arguably, have nothing whatsoever to do with the source material.  Oh well! At any rate, Skywald editor Al Hewetson decided to combine the two into a single piece, and as it takes up so little space, I saw no reason to set up a separate page for it.  Art is by Domingo Gomez...  whoever HE might be!

SCREAM  5
cover by FERNANDO FERNANDEZ   (Skywald Publications  /  April 1974)
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"  /  Version 10
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /
Art by JERRY GRANDENETTI   (as "MARO NAVA")  /  Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
"THE CONQUEROR WORM and THE HAUNTED PALACE"  /  Version 1
adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  art by DOMINGO GOMEZ  /  Page 33
Page 34
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!  "The Cask Of Amontillado" was reprinted here...

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  March 1989)
"The Conqueror Worm and The Haunted Palace" was reprinted here...

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  March 1989)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publishing.

Scan of SCREAM #5 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #5 interiors from the Scribdassets blog.
     Special thanks to ??.
Scan of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories #1
     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.
See more of Fernando Fernandez' work at the Ragged Claws site.
Read about Jerry Grandenetti at Wikipedia.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about the SUSPENSE tv series at Wikipedia.
Read about Bela Lugosi at Wikipedia.
Read about Romney Brent at Wikipedia.
Read about Ray Walston at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Kiley at Wikipedia.
Read about Frances Sternhagen at Wikipedia.

Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Watch the SUSPENSE TV adaptation!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Graham Ingels AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Rudy Palais AMONTILLADO adaptation!
See the Virgil Finlay AMONTILLADO illustrated story art!
      Read the Iger Shop AMONTILLADO sequel!
Read the Gedeone Malagola AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Fran Matera AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Osvaldo Talo AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Edmundo Rodrigues AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Juan J. Aguilar AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Frank Brunner AMONTILLADO sequel!
     Read the Cirilo Munoz AMONTILLADO sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Martin Salvador AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Don McGregor / Mike Golden AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Noly Zamora AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (coming soon!)

Read the Walter James Brogan AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)

     "The Conqueror Worm":
Read about THE CONQUEROR WORM at Wikipedia.
Read the poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

Read the Domingo Gomez CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!
Read the Gahan Wilson CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the 2nd Richard Corben CONQUEROR WORM adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

     "The Haunted Palace":
Read about THE HAUNTED PALACE at Wikipedia.
Read the poem at the Poetry Foundation site. 
Hear Basil Rathbone's HAUNTED PALACE recording!

Read the Domingo Gomez HAUNTED PALACE adaptation!
Read the Gahan Wilson HAUNTED PALACE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the John Coulthart HAUNTED PALACE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 3)

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