Thursday, May 7, 2015

Poe 1976, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1976, Pt. 2)

HAUNTED  28
"QUOTE: THE RAVEN"


D'ever notice that, apart from straight illustrated versions of the poem, or humorous take-off on it, Poe's "THE RAVEN" is something that has more than once inspired some very unexpected, off-the-wall "adaptations"?  Yep, this is another one.  I toyed for a bit with whether this actually belonged here or not... but I figure, after the Boris Karloff / Bela Lugosi film, or the Vincent Price / Peter Lorre / Boris Karloff / Jack Nicholson film...  HEY, WHY NOT!!!!

Charlton Comics was an unusual publisher, in that they had their entire staff, including their own printing presses & distribution, all under one roof.  Comics was always a sideline for them, more something to keep the presses running than to make real money at.  Rates were always low, but many liked working there as they tended to have more freedom and zero interference with what they did.

One of the people who liked working for Charlton for those very reasons was Steve Ditko. "QUOTE: THE RAVEN" would be his 3rd POE-related story (that I've been able to find), and like "Masquerade Party" could be said to be "loosely" adapted, or inspired by, the original story.

     This was the 11th 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),
Taika's A CRIPTA #2 (1968),  
EC's MAD #125 (Mar'69),
Warren's CREEPY #67 (Dec'74),
Skywald's SCREAM #11 (Mar'75), and  
EC's MAD #181 (Mar'76)
     ...the last only 1 month earlier.

The cover is by Mike Zeck, who really made his mark on Marvel's MASTER OF KUNG FU, pencillng more issues of the series than anyone else.

HAUNTED  28
cover by MIKE ZECK   (Charlton  /  April 1976)
"QUOTE: THE RAVEN"  
   (inspired by "THE RAVEN")  /  Version 11
Story by Richard Margopolous  /  Art by STEVE DITKO  /  Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Okay, okay, I admit... this has NOTHING to do with Poe!!  More likely, it was merely "inspired" by the 1963 Roger Corman / Richard Matheson / Vincent Price movie, since it does involve a sorcerer, a castle, a dungeon, and a man being turned into a tiny creature, as well as a raven.  I suppose it fits, since the film THE RAVEN appears to have been a big inspiration for Steve Ditko to have created the character of Dr. Strange in the first place (in the early episodes, Strange resembled Vincent Price).  And here we have Ditko, at it again.

 And now, for the reprints...

DEVIL'S TRIANGLE  2
cover by ??   (Gredown  /  Australia  /  1976)
Now, I wonder if this reprint cover was actually intended for the original printing and not used, or, was something the production department just slapped together?

HAUNTED  58
cover by STEVE DITKO   (Charlton  /  October 1981)
FEARFUL FREAKS
cover by MANUEL BREA RODRIGUEZ   (Gredown  /  Australia  /  1982)
Copyright (C) Charlton Comics  &  the various publishers.

Scan of HAUNTED #28 cover from the GCD site.
Scans of HAUNTED #28 interiors
     from the Diversions Of The Groovy Kind blog.
Scans of DEVIL'S TRIANGLE #2,
     HAUNTED #58,
     and FEARFUL FREAKS from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Charlton Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Mike Zeck at Wikipedia.
Visit the Mike Zeck website.
Read about Steve Ditko at Wikipedia.
Read about Steve Ditko at the Steve Ditko site.
See more of Steve Ditko's work at the Ditko Cultist blog.
See more of Steve Ditko's work at the Steve Ditko Comics Weblog site.

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.

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

     Comics:
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 2 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptations!
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 Steve Ditko HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Steve Ditko MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH adaptation!

See my Steve Ditko tribute!
See Steve Ditko Books IN PRINT at Steve Ditko Comics Weblog.

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1976, Pt. 4)

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