Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt.10

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt. 9)

PSYCHO  20
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"

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 12th of these...

     "THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH".

     This was the 11th comics version of this, following...
Marvel's ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #4 (Spring'52),
Charlton's THE THING #2 (Apr'52),
Editora Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960),
Marvel's STRANGE TALES #83 (Apr'61),
Dell's THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH Movie Classic (Aug-Oct'64),
Golden Press' TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE (1965),
Warren's EERIE #12 (Nov'67),
Editora Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #3 (1967),
Marvel's CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #2 (Dec'69),
and Milano Libri Edizioni's LINUS #91 (Oct'72)
     ...the last one 22 months 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.  This was his 3rd of 5 POE adaptations for Skywald.

The cover for this issue was by Salvador Faba.

PSYCHO  20
cover by SALVADOR FABA   (Skywald Publications  /  August 1974)
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH"  /  Version 11
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by RICARDO VILLAMONTE  /  Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
Page 34
Page 35
Page 36
Page 37
Page 38
Oddly enough, this all-POE reprint collection included this one Skywald among the otherwise all-Warren stories.

VAMPUS  50
cover by KEN KELLY   (Garbo  /  Spain  /  October 1975)
EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  December 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scan of PSYCHO #20 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories #1
     from my collection.
Scan of VAMPUS #50 from the GCD site.

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 Salvador Faba at the Zauberspiegel-Online site.
Read about Ricardo Villamonte at Lambiek.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Bill Everett RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Bob Forgione RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Manoel Ferreira RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Steve Ditko RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RED DEATH adaptation!
 

Read the Tom Sutton RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Don Heck RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ricardo Villamonte RED DEATH adaptation!
 

Read the Richard Corben RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Wayne Howard RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Francisco Agras RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Flavio Colin RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Auraleon RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)


See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 11)

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