AVENTURAS MACABRAS 12
"A MASCARA DA MORTE RUBRA"
And now for something comparitively normal...
I've been finding more and more foreign POE comics adaptations, many of them that have NEVER been published in America-- or even in English! I've made it my goal to correct that situation.
Bloch Editores S.A. was a Brazillian publisher from 1952-2000, the creation of Ukrainian emigrant Adolpho Bloch. In the 1970s, they published Marvel superheroes in a "controversial" digest size. Among their magazines was AVENTURAS MACABRAS ("Macabre Adventures"), which started out reprinting DRACULA LIVES! and MONSTERS UNLEASHED.
However, for the 12th issue, they switched content completely to NEW material by local Brazillian artists. This issue in particular was in the tradition of Warren's CREEPY #69 and #70, in that it contained (mosty) adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe! When I ran across this book online, I was looking for something else entirely, and was both surprised and utterly delighted to find I'd gotten ahold of virtually an ENTIRE comic of POE material I had not before laid eyes on. Of the 5 stories contained therein, 4 of them were POE adaptations.
The 1st of 4 stories here is the ever-popular...
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH".
This was the 15th comics version of this story, following...
Marvel's ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #4 (Spring'52),
Charlton's THE THING #2 (Apr'52),
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960),
Marvel's STRANGE TALES #83 (Apr'61),
Dell's THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH Movie Classic (Aug-Oct'64),
Warren's EERIE #12 (Nov'67),
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #3 (1967),
Marvel's CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #2 (Dec'69),
Promethean's PROMETHEAN ENTERPRISES #2 (May'70),
Milano Libri's LINUS #91 (Oct'72),
Skywald's PSYCHO #20 (Aug'74),
Warren's CREEPY #70 (Apr'75),
Charlton's HAUNTED #22 (Jun'75), and
Ursus' MACABRO #17 (1975)
...the last one some 4 years earlier. (I guess we were due for a new one.)
The artist on this is Flavio Barbosa Mavignier Colin (or, "Flavio Colin"), one of the most popular cartoonists in Brazil, who in his decades in the business had worked in a variety of styles, ranging from realistic to very "cartoony". By my count (so far), this would be his 3rd of 4 POE adaptations. (I'm still looking for scans of 2 of the others.)
The coloring in this comic is quite BOLD and graphic, which is apparently quite popular in Brazil, though I suspect whoever processed these scans cranked the contrast up WAY too high. I've tried to "tone it down" a bit in my clean-ups, and I hope I haven't lost any of the original intention along the way.
AVENTURAS MACABRAS 12 (MACABRE ADVENTURES 12)
cover by GJOIZ (Bloch Editores S.A. / Brazil / 1979)
("THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH") / Version 15
Adaptation by Delmir E. Narutoxde / Art by FLAVIO COLIN
English Translation & New Lettering by Henry Kujawa / Page 3
English Translation (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa
Scans of AVENTURAS MACABRAS #12 from the Minhateca.com site.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Bloch Editores at Wikipedia.
Read about Adolpho Bloch at Wikipedia.
Read about Flavio Colin at Wikipedia.
Read about Flavio Colin at the UniversoHQ site.
Read about Flavio Colin at the Bigorna.net site.
Read about Flavio Colin at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Flavio Colin at the Folha De S.Paulo site.
Visit the Flavio Colin Facebook page!
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!
Read the Bill Everett RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Bob Forgione RED DEATH adaptation!
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See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1979, Pt. 5)