Sunday, November 1, 2015

Poe 1951, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1951, Pt. 1)

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  84
 "THE GOLD BUG"

Gilberton's 5th and final foray into Poe was also their 2nd all-Poe issue.  Featured this time were "THE GOLD BUG",  "THE TELL-TALE HEART", and "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO".  The latter 2 have remained among the most popular Poe stories, and each has been adapted multiple times in film and comics.  In this case, they were each the 2nd comics version so far.

Oddly enough, "THE GOLD BUG" was the very 1st Poe story I ever read in the original text, in a high school English class reading book. With it being more "adventure story" than "horror" story, it's proven more popular with educator types, but less popular when it comes to adaptations in general.

This was the 2nd comics version of this story, following David C. Cook's SUNDAY PIX #1-14 (May 1-Jul 31, 1949), 2 years earlier.

The art is by Alex Blum.  This was his 2nd of 2 POE adaptations.

It's perhaps fitting that after this issue, Gilberton never tackled Poe again, and the author's works instead began appearing with never-ending frequency in other company's "horror" books.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  84
cover by ALEX A.BLUM   (Gilberton  /  June 1951)
"THE GOLD BUG"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by ALEX A. BLUM  /  Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
And now, the reprints...

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  59
cover by ALEX A.BLUM   (Ayers & James  /  Australia  /  1951)
This entire issue was reprinted in Brazil a year later,
under a STUNNING new cover!

EDICAO MARAVILHOSA  (WONDERFUL EDITION52
cover by ANTONIO EUZEBIO NETO   (EBAL  /  Brazil  /  July 1952)
ALBUM GIGANTE  30
cover by MONTEIRO FILHO   (EBAL  /  Brazil  /  April 1957)
In 1982, Prentice Hall College Div. reprinted the story as part of their REGENTS ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS series:  THE GOLD BUG and OTHER TALES.  Unfortunately, information on this has proven difficult to track down.

THE GOLD BUG and OTHER TALES
cover by ALEX BLUM
     (Regents Illustrated Classics  /  Prentice Hall College Div.  /  1982)
This collection is listed as having "94 pages".  Which additional stories were included I have yet to determine.

EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO
cover by ALEX A. BLUM   (Books 4 Pocket  /  Brazil  /  October 17, 2012)
This one is CURRENTLY in print and can be ordered
from the Classics Comics Store website!!

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  46
cover by ALEX A.BLUM
     (Classics Comics Store UK  /  England  /  September 2013)
Copyright (C) Gilberton  &  the various publishers.

Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 cover from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 interiors from the XXXXXX site.
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #59 (Ayers & James) from the GCD site.
Scan of EDICAO MARAVILHOSA #52 from the De Olho Na Magia blog
     with special thanks to Adriano Siqueira!
Scan of ALBUM GIGANTE #57 from the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site
     with special thanks to Toni Rodrigues for identifying the artist!
Scan of REGENTS ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS from the Lee's Comics Rack blog
     with special thanks to Lee Hartsfeld!
Scan of EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO from the Ediciones Obelisco site.
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #46 (2013)
     from the Classics Comics Store site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Alex A. Blum at the Wikipedia site.
Read about Alex A. Blum at the Lambiek site.
See more Alex A. Blum art at the Comic Art Fans 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!

     Misc.:
Read the Alex Blum OBLONG BOX adaptation!
Read the Alex A. Blum 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!!!


(Continued in Poe 1951, Pt. 3)

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