Thursday, May 28, 2015

Poe 1979, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1978, Pt. 1)

STAR*REACH  17
"THE RAVEN"

Star*Reach was both a publishing company and a magazine, the work of comics writer-turned artists' agent Mike Friedrich.  While he worked for a time in the early 70s at Marvel Comics, his efforts outside that company far out-stripped anything most fans tend to remember him for.

Which brings us to one of the strangest items yet in this entire POE project...

     "THE RAVEN"

     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),
Editora Taika's A CRIPTA #2 (1968),  
EC's MAD #125 (Mar'69),
Warren's CREEPY #67 (Dec'74),
Skywald's SCREAM #11 (Mar'75),  
EC's MAD #181 (Mar'76), and
Charlton's HAUNTED #28 (Apr'76)
     ...the last one a little over 3 years earlier.

What could be more off-beat than Kurtzman & Elder, Drucker, or Ditko, you might ask? 

Wait 'til you see the work of Jeff Bonivert...

STAR*REACH  17
cover by JEFF BONIVERT   (Star*Reach  /  July 1979)
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 11
Art by JEFF BONIVERT
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Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Okay, the art aside... I think the choice of FONT is terrible.  (But, that's me...)

Yes, this has been reprinted...

GRAPHIC CLASSICS:  EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by LISA K. WEBER   (Eureka Productions  /  2001)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS:  EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by ??   (Eureka productions  /  2004)
As a bonus, here's something I had completely forgotten about..
my 1st exposure to Jeff Bonivert's art...

DOC STEARN... MR. MONSTER  4
cover by JEFF BONIVERT   (Eclipse Enterprises  /  December 1985)
Copyright (C) Jeff Bonivert.

Scan of STAR*REACH #17 cover from the Midtown Comics site.
Scans of STAR*REACH #17 from the Comic Art Fans site
     Special thanks to Christian Stoklas.
Scans of GRAPHIC CLASSICS from the GCD site.
Scan of DOC STEARN... MR. MONSTER #4 cover
     from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Star Reach at Wikipedia.
Read about Mike Friedrich at Wikipedia.
Read about Jeff Bonivert at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Jeff Bonivert at the Graphic Classics 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.

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!

Graphic Classics' books are currently in print--
     go to the GRAPHIC CLASSICS site to BUY your own copies!!!

(Continued in Poe 1979, Pt. 2)

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