(Continued from Poe 1951, Pt. 5)
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED 84
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"
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.
If the information at the GCD site is correct, "CASK" would appear to be the 2nd Poe story illustrated by Rudy Palais. Unlike the updated EC Albert Feldstein / Graham Ingels adaptation only 4 months earlier, this one was faithful to the original Poe story. I imagine most people are more familiar with the Roger Corman adaptation in the film "TALES OF TERROR", in which the story is combined with "THE BLACK CAT".
That probably seemed a reasonable thing to do, as both stories involve
someone getting bricked up in a wall. However, perhaps inadvertently
(or perhaps not), the logic of both stories was destroyed in the
combination; no such problem here.
I recall vividly when I read the original text a few years ago, I pictured actor Vincent Price
in the story-- but not as the victim, but rather, the narrator meting
out revenge on one who has wronged him. Wonder of wonders, when I found
the CI version here, the character of "Montressor" could easily have been based on Price!
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)
Adaptation by ?? / Art by RUDY PALAIS
Page 37 / "And now... the EPIC conclusion!"
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED 59
cover by ALEX A.BLUM (Ayers & James / Australia / 1951)
cover by ANTONIO EUZEBIO NETO (EBAL / Brazil / July 1952)
cover by ALEX BLUM
(Regents Illustrated Classics / Prentice Hall College Div. / 1982)
cover by JEN MARRUS (Acclaim / August 1997)
cover by ALEX A. BLUM (Books 4 Pocket / Brazil / October 17, 2012)
cover by ALEX A.BLUM
(Classics Comics Store UK / England / September 2013)
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 REGENTS ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS from the Lee's Comics Rack blog
with special thanks to Lee Hartsfeld!
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED STUDY GUIDES #17
from the My Comics Shop site.
Scan of EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO from the Ediciones Obelisco site.
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #46 (2013)
from the Classics Comics Store site.
Scan of Charles Addams cartoon from Pinterest via "Greywren".
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about the SUSPENSE tv series at Wikipedia.
Read about Bela Lugosi at Wikipedia.
Read about Romney Brent at Wikipedia.
Read about Ray Walston at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Kiley at Wikipedia.
Read about Frances Sternhagen at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Watch the Bela Lugosi-Romney Brent SUSPENSE TV episode!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!
Read the Graham Ingels AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Rudy Palais AMONTILLADO adaptation!
See the Virgil Finlay AMONTILLADO illustrated story art!
Read the Iger Shop AMONTILLADO sequel!
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(Continued in Poe 1951, Pt. 7)