Saturday, February 7, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt. 8

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt. 7)

PSYCHO  19
"LIGEIA"

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 10th of these...

     "LIGEIA".

     This was the 3rd comics version of this story, following...
Dell's MOVIE CLASSIC (Apr-Jun'65), and
Milano Libri's LINUS #55 (Oct'69)
     ...the latter from 5 years earlier.

As one might expect, the original short story was much simpler, and quite unlike the complex "mystery" presented inthe Roger Corman-Vincent Price film.

The art this time is by Jesus Duran, though I have to confess, when I first looked at it, I wondered if that might have been a psudonym for Tony DeZuniga!

PSYCHO  19
cover by SEBASTIA BOADA   (Skywald Publications  /  July 1974)
"LIGEIA"  /  Version 3
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by JESUS DURAN  /  Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
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!  "Ligeia" was reprinted here...

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 #19 cover from the GCD site.
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 Sebastia Boada art at Comic Art Fans.
See more Sebastia Boada art at the Webagora site.
See more Jesus Duran art at the 2D Gallery site.

Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.

Read about LIGEIA at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories.com site.

     Audio:
Hear the Vincent Price recording!

     Comics:
Read the John Tartaglione LIGEIA adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia LIGEIA adaptation!
Read the Jesus Duran LIGEIA adaptation!
      (Coming Soon:)
Read the Rodolfo Zalla LIGEIA adaptation!
Read the Dan Day LIGEIA adaptation!
Read the Veronica Solomon LIGEIA adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 9)

No comments:

Post a Comment