Thursday, May 28, 2015

Poe 1979, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1978, Pt. 1)


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 18th version of this, following...
Harper's THE RAVEN (1880),
E.P. Dutton's THE RAVEN (1883),
Harper & Brothers' THE RAVEN (1884),
Harwell-Evans' THE RAVEN (1906),
Reilly & Britton's THE RAVEN (1910),
Dodd, Mead & Company's THE RAVEN (1930),
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),  
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...

cover by JEFF BONIVERT   (Star*Reach  /  July 1979)
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 18
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Page 7
Okay, the art aside... I think the choice of FONT is terrible.  (But, that's me...)

Yes, this has been reprinted...

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

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.
See THE RAVEN Gallery of Illustrations!

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

See the James William Carling RAVEN illustrations!
See the William Ladd Taylor RAVEN illustrations!
See the Gustave Dore RAVEN illustrations!
See the Galen J. Perrett RAVEN illustrations!
See the John Rea Neill RAVEN illustrations!   (coming soon!)

See the Ferdinand H. Horvath RAVEN illustrations!
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!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ricardo Leite RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Jerry Gersten RAVEN adaptation!

Read the Gahan Wilson RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 1st Luciano Irrthum RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 2nd Luciano Irrthum RAVEN adaptation
     at the Canibuk blog!
Read the Thomas Eide RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 2nd Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!

Read the Eureka Productions RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Stuart Tipples RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mangosta RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 3rd Luciano Irrthum RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Yein Yip RAVEN adaptation!

Read the David G. Fores RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 3rd Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Edu Molina RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Duncan Long RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Terrier Studios RAVEN adaptation!

Read the Pete Katz RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Rebecca Tough RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Gareth Hinds RAVEN adaptation!

See the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!
See the Jeff Bonivert ANNABEL LEE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

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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