"THE BLACK CAT"
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 Marvel. Hewetson 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 13th of these...
"THE BLACK CAT".
This was the 13th version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #1 (Sep'44),
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #15  (May-Jun'50),
St. John's NIGHTMARE #12 (Apr'54),
Outubro's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #14 (1961),
Dell's Movie Classic TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #8 (1968),
Novaro's VIDAS ILUSTRES #195 (Oct'68),
Gino Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17 (Sep'69),
Ibero Mundial's DOSSIER NEGRO #17 (Aug'70), and
Ibero Mundial's MAESTROS DEL TERROR #3 (1970),
Edrel's REVISTA DE TERRROR #13 (1972), and
Warren's CREEPY #62 (May'74)
...the latter, a mere 3 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 4th of 5 POE adaptations for Skywald.
The cover for this issue was by Sebastia Boada.
cover by SEBASTIA BOADA (Skywald Publications / August 1974)
Adaptation by Al Hewetson / Art by RICARDO VILLAMONTE / Page 50
cover by SEBASTIA BOADA (Editora Valenciana / Spain / August 1975)
THE BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1
cover by BROOKS HAGAN (Eternity Comics / March 1989)
Scan of NIGHTMARE #20 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of NIGHTMARE #20 interiors from the Tebeos de Factura Hispana 2 blog.
Special thanks to Jose Ruiz DelAmor.
Scan of SOS #14 (1974) from the Todocoleccion site.
Scan of THE BLACK CAT And Other Stories #1 (1989)
from my collection.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at The Poe Museum site.
See more Sebastia Boada art at Comic Art Fans.
See more Sebastia Boada art at the Webagora site.
Read about Ricardo Villamonte at Lambiek.
Read about THE BLACK CAT at Spark Notes.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
See the BLACK CAT Gallery of Illustrations.
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See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 12)