Saturday, March 21, 2015

Poe 1975, Pt. 9

(Continued from Poe 1975, Pt. 8)

SCREAM  11
"MR. POE AND THE RAVEN"


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.

As I said on an earlier page, Al Hewetson became aware of how Marvel's distributor was deliberaterly SCREWING OVER Skywald at the newsstands.  By the time this issue came out, things had already become terminal.  Thus, we come to the 19th and final of these...

     "THE RAVEN".

This was the 8th 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), EC's MAD #125 (Mar'69), and Warren's CREEPY #67 (Dec'74), the last only 3 months earlier. 

Skywald closed up a few months after this.  Another wonderful "little" company with so much potential, squashed out by "the big boys".  I think it's safe to lay this virtual MURDER directly at feet of Marvel's Publisher.  I'd mention his name, but... you know how it is.

Lastly, I'll mention that these later Skywald covers sure were getting "crowded" with too much text and bad design.  I guess a sense of last-minute desperation had set in.  Too bad.

SCREAM  11
cover by VINCENT BADALONA BALLESTAR
(Skywald Publications  /  March 1975)
"MR. POE AND THE RAVEN"  /  Version 8
Adaptation by Al Hewetson  /  Art by PETER CAPPIELLO  /  Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
It's worth mentioning here that Marvel Comics was also DELIBERATELY responsible for the demise of Malibu Press / Eternity Comics in the early 90s.  The "little" publisher was doing so well, Marvel decided to BUY them out... and immediately SHUT DOWN the entire company.  A truly disgusting way to eliminate competition.

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories
cover by BROOKS HAGEN   (Eternity Comics  /  December 1988)
Copyright (C) Skywald Publications.

Scans of SCREAM #11 from the GCD site.
Scans of THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH And Other Stories
     from my collection.

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.
See more Ballestar art at the Frieze Magazine site.
See more Vincent Badalona Ballestar 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!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1975, Pt.10)

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