Monday, February 16, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt.12

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt.11)


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 14th of these...


     This was the 12th comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #6 (Dec'45),
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #15 [1] (May-Jun'50), 
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51),
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #20 (Jul-Aug'53),
Charlton's WIN A PRIZE #1 (Feb'55),
Warren's CREEPY #3 (Jun'65),
Outubro's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #7 (1968),
Gino Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17 (Sep'69),
Marvel's CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #3 (Feb'70), and
Mundial's MAESTROS DEL TERROR #5 (1970)
     ...the last one some 4-1/2 years 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 5th and final of 5 POE adaptations for Skywald.

I suspect Al Hewetson was already aware of how Marvel's distributor was deliberaterly SCREWING OVER Skywald at the newsstands, and may have been pushing to get as many Poe stories out of the way as quickly as possible while he still had the chance.  This was the 3rd Poe story in a single month from Skywald, all with August 1974 cover dates.

The cover for this issue was by Salvador Faba.

cover by SALVADOR FABA   (Skywald Publications  /  August 1974)
"THE TELL-TALE HEART"  /  Version 12
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by RICARDO VILLAMONTE  /  Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
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!

cover by BROOKS HAGAN  (Eternity Comics  /  June 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scan of SCREAM #8 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of SCREAM #8 interiors supplied by Cully Callaway
     With special thanks!
Scan of THE TELL-TALE HEART And Other Stories #1 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 INNER SANCTUM MYSTERY at Wikipedia.
Read about Boris Karloff at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE at Wikipedia.
Read about James Mason at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Fred Gwynne at Wikipedia.

Read about THE TELL TALE HEART at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story at the Xroad.Virginia.Edu site.

Hear the Boris Karloff INNER SANCTUM MYSTERY episode!
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
See the James Mason cartoon short!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Fred Gwynne CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Rudy Palais TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Jim Lavery TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the George Evans TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Graham Ingels TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

Read the Jack Kirby / Jerry Robinson TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Tom Palmer TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

Read the Ricardo Villamonte TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Mike Ploog TELL-TALE HEART parody!
Read the Alberto Breccia TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!
     (coming soon)

Read the Don McGregor / Yong Montano TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Vilmar Rodrigues TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jesus Blasco TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 13)

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