"EL EXTRANO CASO DEL SENOR VALDEMAR"
Okay, we've got a weird one here. I ran across this by accident (it happens), and have been trying to piece together as much information about it as I can. Some of which may not be accurate. So anyone reading this page would do well to consider it a "work in progress".
"EL EXTRANO CASO DEL SENOR VALDEMAR" is, obviously, a Spanish version of Poe's "THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR".
This was the 5th adaptation of this story, following EC's TALES FROM THE CRYPT #24 (Jun-Jul'51), Dell's Movie Classic, Poe's TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63), Editora Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #7 (1967), and Revistas Populares' EL MONJE LOCO #141 (August 12, 1970), the last one only a year earlier.
The artist involved is Carlos Gimenez, who apparently is one of the most highly-revered in all of Spain, but has only a very limited amount of his work published in America. Well, I'm working to "fix" that right now!
This story, as near as I can make out (it's difficult to be sure when I'm dealing with a confusing Google translation, and virtually NO information at all at the GCD site) appeared in TRINCA, an expensive, high-quality magazine whose high price kept it from achieving financial success. Much of the magazine's contents appear to have been adaptations of "classic" stories, and it was also the original home for such series as "Haxtur" and "El Cid", which later saw print in Warren's EERIE magazine!
According to Wikipedia, Carlos Gimenez was "most proud" of his horror stories, "The Miserere", and "Valdemar", and both were done for TRINCA. Another Wikipedia pages lists some of the contents of the series, and Gimenez' work turns up in issue #8. So that's what I'm listing here! As it turns out, while it was intended for TRINCA, it did not actually appear there...
From the Tebeosfera site:
"Another story was adapted Poe, in 1971, in "The Strange Case of M. Valdemar" also aimed at TRINCA but for reasons of censorship was not released until 1976."
As an aside, during the period when TRINCA did not publish this story in Spain, VAMPUS did see fit to reprint all 3 of Reed Candall's POE stories (in Spain). One might wonder, why Warren never bothered to publish Gimenez' version of "Valdemar", instead choosing to do their own-- albeit, with a different Spanish artist?
cover by ?? (Doncel / Spain / 1971)
CLUB AMIGOS DE LA HISTORIAS BOLETIN 16
cover by CARLOS GIMENEZ
(Club Amigos De La Historias / Spain / November-December 1976)
"The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar" / Version 5
Adaptation & Art by CARLOS GIMENEZ
This has been reprinted several times. I ran across this first one by accident. Boy, you never know where some of these things will turn up...
ALMANAQUE DO MUNDO DE AVENTURAS 1983
cover by AUGUSTO TRIGO
(Aguiar & Dias, Lda. / Portugal / December 1982)
SABOR A MENTA Y OTRAS HISTORIAS
(MINT FLAVORED and other stories)
cover by CARLOS GIMENEZ (Ediciones De La Torre / Spain / 1994)
(MINT FLAVORED and other stories)
cover by CARLOS GIMENEZ (Ediciones Glenat Espana / Spain / 2005)
As a further bonus, I decided to use Google Translate to help me
create an ENGLISH-language version of this story! Enjoy!!
Scan of TRINCA #8 from the GCD site.
Scan of CLUB AMIGOS DE LA HISTORIAS #16 cover
from the Tebeosfera site.
Scans of CLUB AMIGOS DE LA HISTORIAS #16 interiors
from the Kerlames blogspot (pages 1, 2, 4 & 5),
from Pinterest (page 3),
and from the Afilactera site (page 6).
Special thanks to Susanna Malaguti for clueing me in about this story
and Giovanni Clavijo Castillo (Kerlames blog) for most of the scans!!
Scan of ALMANAQUE DO MUNDO DE AVENTURAS 1983
from the Phantomwiki site.
Scans of SABOR A MENTA Y OTRAS HISTORIAS from the Kerlames blogspot.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Trinca at Wikipedia.
Read about Carlos Gimenez at Wikipedia.
Read about Carlos Gimenez at the Tebeosfera site.
Read about Sabor A Menta Y Otras Historias (reprint collection)
at the Carlos Gimenez website.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Basil Rathbone CASE OF M. VALDEMAR recording!
Hear the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre PREMATURE BURIAL episode!
(including THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR)
Read the Graham Ingels CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the George Evans CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the "Edegar" & Ignacio Justo CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Carlos Gimenez CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Jose Cardona CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Julio Shimamoto CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Alberto Breccia VALDEMAR adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Joan Boix CASE OF M. VALDEMAR adaptation! (coming soon!)
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1972, Pt. 1)