Saturday, March 7, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt.17

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt.18)

CREEPY  67
"THE RAVEN"

7 months after their last POE adaptation, Warren Publications did it again.
I believe at this point, Skywald was in deep trouble due to Marvel Comics deliberately sabotaging their distribution, and it wouldn't be too much longer before they were gone.  As with "The Black Cat", in this case, Warren did a Poe story that Skywald hadn't done yet, but would soon...

     "THE RAVEN".

Their 8th POE, this was the 7th version of this, following EC's MAD #9 (Feb-Mar'54), EC's MAD #46 (Apr'59), EC's MAD #55 (Jun'60), Dell's THE RAVEN Movie Classic (Sep'63), Editora Taika's A CRIPTA #2 (1968), and EC's MAD #125 (Mar'69), the last 5-1/2 years earlier. 

The art for this was by one of the great MASTERS of horror comics art,  
Richard Corben.  He's been around since the 1960s, and has done work
in the "undergrounds", various U.S. publishers, HEAVY METAL, self-published under his own company, Fantagor, and is even now currently at work on an entire series of new Poe adaptations from Dark Horse!!!  And this was his 1st.  He's teamed with Richard Margopoulos, who did a ton of work for Warren,
and has been one of Corben's longtime collaborators.

CREEPY  67
cover by KEN KELLY   (Warren Publishing  /  December 1974)
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 7
Adaptation by Richard Margopoulos  /  Art by RICHARD CORBEN  /  Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
Page 34
Page 35
Page 36
This version of the story has proven so popular, it has been reprinted several times-- starting with an issue of Warren's all-reprint COMIX INTERNATIONAL, a magazine that tended to re-present their B&W stories in color.  Legend has it Jim Warren heard that Marvel's publisher was planning to do a magazine with that name, and deliberately beat him to the punch, just to "stick it" to him for all the problems he was causing Warren with distribution by flooding the newsstand shelves with 2nd-rate material.

COMIX INTERNATIONAL  2
cover by RICHARD CORBEN and BERNI WRIGHTSON   (Warren  /  late 1975)
CREEPY  25
cover by KEN KELLY   (Publicness  /  France  /  1975)
Here we have the 1st of 5 reprint collections using the same cover (more or less).  This book collects 15 various Warren POE stories by a variety of artists.
I guess it says something that they decided to use Corben art for the cover!

CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Toutain Editor  /  Spain  /  1980)
A year later, the German edition only included 10 of the 15 stories, and assembled those in a completely different order!

EDGAR POE
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Volksverlag  /  Germany  /  1981)
A sample page of the story in German!
The Dutch version was nearly-identical to the Spanish one...

EDGAR ALLAN POE  /  CREEPY SPECIAL
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Semic Press  /  The Netherlands  /  1982)
The American version is apparently a much thinner book, as it ONLY contains Corben material! This includes his version of "House Of Usher" (which, ironically, considering the cover, the previous versions do not), originally published by Pacific Comics, I believe, after Warren went belly-up.  (More when we get to that one.)

EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Catalan Communications  /  September 1985)
It looks to me like this later German book reprints the American all-Corben collection, but, inexplicably, with a brand-NEW, non-Corben cover based on Corben's painting!  WHAT th'...??  (Go figure.)

GESPENSTER-GESCHICHTEN Prasentiert:  #4  Edgar Allan Poe
cover by ERTUGRUL EDIRNE   (Bastei Verlag  /  Germany  /  1986
This reprint collection was available in 2 editions.
This hardcover was a limited edition of 5,000 copies.

HEAVY METAL:  THE BEST OF RICHARD CORBEN SPECIAL
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (HM Communications  /  January 1998)
And just for variety, here's a collection of ALL of Corben's work for Warren,
only 3 stories of which were actually POE-related.

CREEPY PRESENTS RICHARD CORBEN
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Dark Horse Comics  /  2012)
CREEPY ARCHIVES  Volume Fourteen
cover by KEN KELLY   (Dark Horse Comics  /  2012)
Copyright (C) Warren Publishing  and  the various publishers.

Scan of CREEPY #67 from the Heritage Auuctions site.
Scans of CREEPY #67 interiors from The Golden Age blog.
Scan of COMICS INTERNATIONAL #2 from the Heritage Auction site.
Scan of CREEPY #25 (France) from eBay.
Scan of CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
     from the Whakoom.com site.
Scan of EDGAR POE from the Mexifast.com site.
Scan of EDGAR POE interior page from the Monster Magazine World blog.
Scans of the CREEPY SPECIAL from the Catawiki.com site.
Scan of the Catalan EDGAR ALLAN POE from my collection.
Scan of GESPENSTER-GESCHICHTEN Prasentiert:  #4  Edgar Allan Poe
     from the GCD site.
Scan of HEAVY METAL:  THE BEST OF RICHARD CORBEN SPECIAL
     from the My Comics Shop site.
Scan of  CREEPY PRESENTS RICHARD CORBEN from the GCD site.
Scan of CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME FOURTEEN from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Margopoulos at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Corben at Wikipedia.
Read about Semic Press at Wikipedia.
Read about Dark Horse Comics at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Christopher Lee at Wikipedia.

Read about The Raven at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Christopher Lee recording!

Read the Harvey Kurtzman / Will Elder RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mort Drucker RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RAVEN adaptation!

Read the George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Peter Cappiello RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Paul Coker, Jr. RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Steve Ditko RAVEN story!

Read the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!

     Misc.:
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Richard Corben OVAL PORTAIT adaptation!
Read the Richard Corben SHADOW adaptation!
Read the Richard Corben HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1975, Pt.1)

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