Saturday, May 23, 2015

Poe 1977, Pt. 5

(Continued from Poe 1977, Pt. 4)


     (Illustrated story)

I have been finding a TON of POE comics (and illustrated stories) overseas... many of them from Brazil.

Editiora Vecchi was a Brazillian publisher founded in 1913 by Italian emigrant Arturo Vecchi.  They became known for their comics, including horror titles SOBRENATURAL, HISTORIAS DO ALEM, PESADELO, and...  SPEKTRO.

SPEKTRO ran from January 1977 to 1982, at its peak selling 40,000 copies an issue.  It began, oddly enough, with reprints of Gold Key's DR. SPEKTOR, but ran through those stories so quickly it soon expanded to reprinting Fawcett's Dr. Death and Dr. Mystery, and Charlton's Dr. Graves (I see a pattern here), as well as stories from Brazillian publisher Continental / Outubro / Taika's CLASSICOS DE TERROR.

I'll admit right here, detailed information about many Brazillian comics has been hard to track down, so that at the moment, I'm not entirely sure which stories, if any, are new to SPEKTRO, and which are reprints (and where they may have originally appeared).  However, I believe this was new in 1977, since it appears artist Vilmar Rodrigues worked for Vecchi in the 1980s.

At any rate, this brings us to another perrenial favorite...

     This was the 17th comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #6 (Dec'45),  
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #15 [1] (May-Jun'50), 
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51),
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #20 (Jul-Aug'53),
Charlton's WIN A PRIZE #1 (Feb'55),
Warren's CREEPY #3 (Jun'65),  
Outubro's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #7 (1968),
Gino Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17 (Sep'69),
Marvel's CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #3 (Feb'70),
Mundial's MAESTROS DEL TERRROR #5 (1970),
Skywald's SCREAM #8 (Aug'74),
Marvel's CRAZY #7 (Oct'74),
Milano Libre's ALTER LINUS #9 (Sep'75),
Novaro's CUENTOS DE EDGAR ALLAN POE (1975), and  
Marvel's MARVEL CLASSICS COMICS #28 (May'77)
     ...the last one only 3 months earlier!

I had decided beyond a certain point to stop posting foreign versions of POE comics in the other languages, and only post my own English translations.  Since this is an illustrated version of the original story, there didn't seem much point in doing a translation... so what I decided to do was to copy the actual text from another site, and re-format it to fit what was on the SPEKTRO pages!!  I think this worked quite well.

cover by VILMAR RODRIGUES   (Editora Vecchi  /  Brazil  /  August 1977)
Page 126  /  Poe biography
Art by VILMAR RODRIGUES  /  Page 127
Page 128
Page 129
Page 130
Page 131
Page 132
Only ONE line of text ran over on the first stab at this kind of thing.  Not bad!

Copyright (C) Editora Vecchi.
English version Copyright (C) Henry R. Kujawa

Scans of SPEKTRO #2 from the Gibi Classico site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editora Vecchi at Wikipedia.
Read about Spektro at Wikipedia.
Read about Vilmar Rodrigues at Wikipedia.

Read about INNER SANCTUM MYSTERY at Wikipedia.
Read about Boris Karloff at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE at Wikipedia.
Read about James Mason at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Fred Gwynne at Wikipedia.

Read about THE TELL TALE HEART at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story at the Xroad.Virginia.Edu site.

Hear the Boris Karloff INNER SANCTUM MYSTERY episode!
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
See the James Mason cartoon short!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Fred Gwynne CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Rudy Palais TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Jim Lavery TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the George Evans TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Graham Ingels TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

Read the Jack Kirby / Jerry Robinson TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Tom Palmer TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

Read the Ricardo Villamonte TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Mike Ploog TELL-TALE HEART parody!
Read the Alberto Breccia TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!
     (coming soon)

Read the Don McGregor / Yong Montano TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Vilmar Rodrigues TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jesus Blasco TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1977, Pt. 6)  

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