Monday, July 6, 2015

Poe 1962, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1961, Pt. 3)

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  84  (UK)
"THE GOLD BUG"
 

Thorpe & Porter was an English publisher who licensed Gilberton's immensely-successful CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  Their editions were virtually identical in appearance, except for the different price listed on the covers, and the fact that they published the stories in a completely-different sequence than they had been in America.

However, they also on occasion published issues that were NEW for their run of the series, which had never been published in America!  Which brings us to this rather obscure comic...

     "THE GOLD BUG"

Gilberton had tackled POE in CI #17 (Jan'44), #18 (Mar'44), #21 (Jul'44), #40 (Aug'47), and #84 (Jun'51).  Most of those stories had been reprinted multiple times, had countless foreign editions published, and are still IN PRINT from a variety of licensors to this day!  But the original American series had not done any new POE material since 1951.  It strikes me as a bit odd that Thorpe & Porter decided to do "THE GOLD BUG", since that had already been done by Gilberton 11 YEARS earlier!

This was the 6th comics version of this story, following David C. Cook's SUNDAY PIX #1-14 (May 1-July 31, 1949), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), Boy Scouts Of America's BOYS' LIFE (Jul'54), Empresa Nacional de Publicidade's CAVALEIRO ANDANTE #453 (Sep'60), and Editorial Sea/Novaro's TESORO DE CUENTOS CLASICOS #51 (Nov'61), the last one only 8 months earlier.

The artist is Mick Anglo, who's most well-known as the creator of "Marvelman", the single most popular and successful superhero ever published in England.  Created as a replacement for "Captain Marvel" when Fawcett decided to get out of the comics biz, the series ran for 346 issues!

A special thanks to fellow fan Don Bearden, without whom I might never have heard about this book.  Don's specialty is "Classics" comics of all varieties, and has supplied me with several entire stories for this project I had been completely unaware of.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  84
cover by MICK ANGLO   (Thorpe & Porter  /  UK  /  July 1962)
"THE GOLD BUG"  /  Version 6
Adaptation by Alfred Sundel  /  Art by MICK ANGLO  /  Page 1
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Don't go away!  Our story will continue...

Copyright (C) the various publishers.

Scans of Thorpe & Porter's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84

     supplied by Don Bearden, with special thanks!

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
 

Read about Thorpe & Porter at the British Comics Wikia site.
Read some of Thorpe & Porter's comics at the Comic Book Plus site.
Read about Mick Anglo Wikipedia site.
Read about Mick Anglo at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Mick Anglo at the Forbidden Planet site.

Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!
Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode! 

Read the Joseph Wirt Tillotson GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Henry Sharp GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Fernando Bento GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Editorial Sea/Novaro GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Mick Anglo GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the G. Renna GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Antonio Calmerio Tomas GOLD BUG adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ediciones Vilmar GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Alfonso Font GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Arnau GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Silvio Camboni GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Niesa Editores GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Miguel Serratosa GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the NBM / Papercutz GOLD BUG adaptation! 


See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED are currently being reprinted--
     go to the CLASSIC COMICS STORE to BUY your own copies!!!

 
Don't miss the 2nd PART of this... coming up next!!!

(Continued in Poe 1962, Pt. 2)

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