Monday, February 9, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt. 9

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt. 8)

SCREAM  7
"BERENICE"

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 11th of these...

     "BERENICE".

This was the 6th comics version of this, following Editora Continental's CLASSICOS OF TERROR #8 (1960), Warren's EERIE #11 (Sep'67), Editora Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR # 6 (1968), and Revistas Populares' EL MONJE LOCO #74 (April 30, 1969), and Vilmar Ediciones' PANICO #21 (1973), the last about a year 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 2nd of 5 POE adaptations for Skywald.

Cover artist Manuel "Brea" Rodriguez did a TON of covers for Spanish horror mags.

SCREAM  7
cover by MANUEL BREA RODRIGUEZ   (Skywald Publications  /  July 1974)
"BERENICE"  /  Version 6
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by RICARDO VILLAMONTE  /  Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Like many American publishers, Skywald stories were reprinted by a wide
variety of publishers overseas, usually in a jumbled, chaotic, haphazard way. 
Semic in Finland was one of those publishers...

SHOKKI  4
cover by MANUEL SANJULIAN   (Semic  /  Finland  /  [April] 1975)
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!  "Berenice" was reprinted here...

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  
     THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  September 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scan of SCREAM #7 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #7 interiors from the Destination Nightmare blog.
Scans of SHOKKI #4/1975 from the Muuta Net site.
Scan of THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM 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 art by Manuel Breas Rodriguez at the Comic Art Fans site.
Read about Ricardo Villamonte at Lambiek.

Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about Berenice at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the The Literature Network site.

Hear the Vincent Price recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Flavio Colin BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jerry Grandenetti BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Edegar & Ignacio Justo BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the A. Carrasco BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Ricardo Villamonte BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones BERENICE adaptation!
Read the D. Cebello BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Omar Hirsig BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Alineromero9 BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jose Pimentel Neto BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Nelson Evergreen BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jack Bertram BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Luca Frasca BERENICE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 10)

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