Monday, March 9, 2015

Poe 1975, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1975, Pt. 1)

CREEPY  69
"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM"

And then-- it HAPPENED!

A mere 2 months after Warren did Richard Corben's version of "The Raven"-- editor Bill DuBay put together the first of 2 ALL-POE issues of CREEPY!  In one fell swoop, Warren essentially blew Skywald completely out of the water.

CREEPY #69, and the follow-up issue CREEPY #70 (2 months later) each featured 6 POE stories apiece.  Given the level of talent involved, one could say this effectively put the final nail in Skywald's coffin.

First up...

     "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM".

This was no less than the 9th version of this, following Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #3 (Nov'44), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47),  Marvel's SPELLBOUND #2 (Apr'52),  Youthful's BEWARE #10 (Jun'52), Ziff-Davis's NIGHTMARE #2 (Fall'52), Editora Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960), Editorial Temporae's EL MONJE LOCO #40 (Sep 4, 1968), and Skywald's SCREAM #2 (Oct'73). Given all that, this one may be one of the most STUNNING to date!

Kicking off this issue's stellar array of talent is Jose Ortiz, who I've seen do countless stories for Warren, as well as the 3rd SABRE storyline with writer Don McGregor.

Oh, by the way-- this is the 9th out of 25 Warren POE adaptations!!

CREEPY 69
cover by KEN KELLY (Warren Publishing / February 1975)
"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM"  /  Version 9
Adaptation by Richard Margopoulos  /  Art by JOSE ORTIZ  /  Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
This version of the story has proven so popular, it has been reprinted several times-- starting with this Spanish anthology series...

VAMPUS  47
cover by KEN KELLY   (Garbo  /  Spain  /  July 1975)
This one from France has 9 stories in it,
from CREEPY #67, 69, 70, and EERIE #12!

CREEPY  25
cover by KEN KELLY   (Publicness  /  France  /  1975)

CREEPY  18
cover by KEN KELLY   (K.G. Murray  /  Australia  /  1976)
Here's a POE collection from Denmark that included 6 stories,
from CREEPY #62, 69 & 70.

GRU PRAESENTERER: KLASSISKE GYS EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by KEN KELLY   (Interpresse  /  Denmark  /  1976)
This book from Portugal contains 6 of the Warren POE stories from the 70s.

KRIPTA APRESENTA EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by ??   (RGE  /  Rio Grafica Editora Globo  /  Portugal  /  June 1980)
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, from from 1965-1976.

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!
Semic Press was at one point the largest comics publisher in Sweden.  Here they did a "CREEPY SPECIAL" that reprinted 15 Warren POE stories from 1965-1976.  Oddly enough, the cover was a reprint of one that had been used by another publisher on an all-Richard Corben collection!

EDGAR ALLAN POE  /  CREEPY SPECIAL
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Semic Press  /  The Netherlands  /  1982)
I'm afraid I have no idea of the date of this, but here's an anthology from Germany that's already had more than 1,000 issues, many of them reprinting stories from Gold Key.

GESPENSTER GESCHICHTEN  737
cover by ??   (Bastei Verlag  /  Germany  /  19??)
Now this is just idiotic.  This collection has no less than 12 POE stories in it... but instead of using one of the 2 POE covers available (CREEPY #69, 70), they use this one...

CREEPY ARCHIVES  Volume Fifteen
cover by KEN KELLY   (Dark Horse Comics  /  February 2013)
As an extra bonus, here's a self-portrait by the artist, JOSE ORTIZ.
Copyright (C) Warren Publications.

Scan of cover painting from the Ken Kelly Fantasy Art site.
Scan of CREEPY #69 cover from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CREEPY #69 interiors from the Archive.org site.
     Special thanks to Patrick Ford & David Lawrence
     for their help pointing me to that site
     and supplying me a direct link to download the scans from.
Scan of VAMPUS #47 from the GCD site.
Scan of CREEPY #18 (K.G. Murray) from the GCD site.
Scan of GRU PRAESENTERER: KLASSISKE GYS EDGAR ALLAN POE
     from the ComicWiki_DK site.
Scan of KRIPTA APRESENTA EDGAR ALLAN POE
     from the Gibihouse site.
Scan of CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
     from the Whakoom site.
Scan of EDGAR POE from the Mexifast.com site.
Scan of EDGAR POE interior page from the Monster Magazine World blog.
Scan of the CREEPY SPECIAL from the Catawiki.com site.
Scan of GESPENSTER GESCHICHTEN #737 from the GCD site.
Scan of CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME FIFTEEN from the GCD site.
Scan of Jose Ortiz self-portrait from the Entrecomics site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about The Spanish Inquisition at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.
Read about Ken Kelly at Wikipedia.
Read about Jose Ortiz at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Corben at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about the SUSPENSE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Henry Hull at Wikipedia.
Read about Jose Ferrer at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Raymond Burr at Wikipedia.
Read about the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Tony Roberts at Wikipedia.

Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Henry Hull SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Jose Ferrer SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Vincent Price SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Raymond Burr SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Tony Roberts CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Gus Schrotter PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the August M. Froehlich PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Russ Heath PENDULUM adaptation!  (coming soon!)
Read the Doug Wildey PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Everett Raymond Kinstler PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the Gedeone Malagola PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Ruben Lara Romero PENDULUM adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     See the Pablo Marcos PENDULUM tribute!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Jose Ortiz PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the De La Rosa PENDULUM adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera PENDULUM illustrated story!
     (coming soon)
Read the Don McGregor / Rudy Mesina PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gerry Talaoc PENDULUM adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1975, Pt. 3)

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