Friday, March 13, 2015

Poe 1975, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1975, Pt. 2)

CREEPY  69
"PREMATURE BURIAL"

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.

Next up...

     "THE PREMATURE BURIAL".

This was the 6th version of this, although only the 2nd time under its own name as a "proper" adaptation.  The earlier versions were in Prize's BLACK MAGIC #28 (Jan'Feb'54), EC's TERROR ILLUSTRATED #1 (Nov-Dec'55), Editora Outubro's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #12 (1960), Skywald's NIGHTMARE #12 (Apr'73), and Eerie Publications' WEIRD Vol.8 #4 (Aug'74).  I think it's safe to say that this new version here was the most visually STUNNING to date!

The artist this time around  is Vicente Alcazar.  He was one of the few who did eye-popping art for both Warren and Marvel at the same time, and his work was often the best thing about any given issue it appeared in.

Oh, and for those keeping score-- this is the 10th out of 25 Warren POE adaptations!!

CREEPY 69
cover by KEN KELLY (Warren Publishing / February 1975)
"PREMATURE BURIAL"  /  Version 6
Adaptation by Richard Margopoulos  /  Art by VICENTE ALCAZAR  /  Page17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
And now for the reprints...

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, from 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!

CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Toutain Editor  /  Spain  /  1980)
Semic Press was at one point the largest comics publisher in Sweden.
Here's their version, with the same 15 stories.

EDGAR ALLAN POE  /  CREEPY SPECIAL
cover by RICHARD CORBEN   (Semic Press  /  The Netherlands  /  1982)
CREEPY ARCHIVES  Volume Fifteen
cover by KEN KELLY   (Dark Horse Comics  /  February 2013)
Copyright (C) Warren Publications.

Scan of CREEPY #69 from the Heritage Auction 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 CREEPY #25 (France) from eBay.
Scan of CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
     from the Whakoom site.
Scan of the CREEPY SPECIAL from the Catawiki.com site.
Scan of CREEPY ARCHIVES VOLUME FIFTEEN 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 Ken Kelly at Wikipedia.
Read about Vicente Alcazar at Wikipedia.

Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE PREMATURE BURIAL at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Steve Ditko PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the George Evans PREMATURE BURIAL illustrated story!
Read the Gedeone Malagola PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the Juez Xirinius PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation! 
Read the Cirilo Munoz PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the Vicente Alcazar PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1975, Pt. 4

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