There have always been, for me, 4 "classic" writers of the 19th Century whose work I've admired, mostly in film adaptations, but also in the original texts, and sometimes, in comic-books. They are Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Gilberton's CLASSIC COMICS contains the earliest Poe comics adaptation I've been able to find. When I started this project, I believed his work first appeared in their 21st issue-- 7 issue before Jules Verne! Turns out, I was wrong. That'll learn me to do a complete index of the series before-hand!
I really love the internet, and this project has given me more reason to. In the last couple months, on several occasions, some people I've gotten to know online have pointed me at some stories I was unaware of, despite several different searches to update my index. Well, it happened again. Fellow fan
Don Bearden got in touch and clued me in about a 2-page illustrated version of a poem-- "ANNABEL LEE"-- that appeared as one of the back-up features in CLASSIC COMICS #17. It's very rare, as in most of the later reprints it was left out when Gilberton cut their page counts overall. And when I was unable to find scans, the next day, Don e-mailed me scans he'd done from his own copy. WOW.
By the way, if anyone can identify the artist involved, I'd appreciate it!
I briefly considered adding this as a "bonus" feature on the existing earliest page of this project ("Poe 1944, Pt. 1") but decided to give it its own page to avoid future confusion. I also decided to hedge it a bit by making this page "1943", since with a "January 1944" cover date, it was almost sure to have come out in late 1943 anyway. ENJOY!
CLASSIC COMICS 17
cover by LOUIS ZANSKY (The Deerslayer) / (Gilberton / January 1944)
art by ROLLAND LIVINGSTONE / Page 52
I'm including a bonus gallery of illustrations by various artists over the decades.
"ANNABEL LEE" by John Sartain (1850)
Scan of CLASSIC COMICS #17 from the Heritage Auctions site
Scans of CLASSIC COMICS #17 interiors supplied by Don Bearden
with Special thanks!
Also special thanks to M. Thomas Inge for identifying the artist!
Scan of "Annabel Lee" by
John Sartain (1850) from the Wikipedia site,
W. Heath Robinson (1900) from the EBooks@Adelaide site,
Alberto Martini (1905) from the Monster Brains blog,
John R. Neill (1910) from the Worthpoint site,
Edmund Dulac (1912) from Poul Webb / Art & Artists blog, and
Greg Hildebrandt (1986) from MY collection,
Ines Falcao Ferreira (2015) from the Patreon.com site.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Gilberton at Wikipedia.
Read about Louis Zansky at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about ANNABEL LEE at Wikipedia.
Read the poem at the eBooks Adelaide.edu site.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Read the Rolland Livingstone ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Edegar & Ignacio Justo ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Jose Matucenio ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Rodolfo Zalla ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Gahan Wilson ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the P. Craig Russell ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Bill D. Fountain ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the J.B. Bonivert ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Julian Peters ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Nikos Malk ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED are currently being reprinted--
go to the CLASSIC COMICS STORE to BUY your own copies!!!
Read The Complete Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe
illustrated by W. Heath Robinson at the EBooks@Adelaide site.
See more Edmund Dulac art at the Art & Artists blog.
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1943, Pt. 2)