Monday, November 2, 2015

Poe 1952, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1952, Pt. 2)


When I first set up this page, I did it based on information from Trent's Poe Comic List (, which said there was supposed to be a Poe adaptation in Marvel's SPELLBOUND #2  (Apr'52).  However, I was unable to find anything confirming that.

On the other hand, a month later, at the Destination Nightmare blog, I found there WAS a Poe adaptation that came out this month-- only in was in a different title, from a different publisher!

Charlton Comics was an unusual publisher, in that they had their entire staff, including their own printing presses & distribution, all under one roof.  Comics was always a sideline for them, more something to keep the presses running than to make real money at.  Rates were always low, but many liked working there as they tended to have more freedom and zero interference with what they did.

While Charlton had done no less than 4 Poe adaptations before this, all 4 were in a superhero anthology book-- YELLOWJACKET COMICS #1, 3, 4, & 6 (the last one being Dec'45).  What a difference 6-1/2 years can make.  The story featured here was in another anthology, but it was a decidedly "horror / monster" type-- THE THING.

The story is... "THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH".

This is the 2nd comics version of this story, following Marvel's ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #4 (Spring'52)-- only the month before!!  However, compared to Bill Everett's very loose "updated" adaptation, I think it's safe to safe this is a lot more "authentic".

The artist is Bob Forgione.  ENJOY!

cover by BOB FORGIONE   (Charlton  /  April 1952)
     (adapted from "The Masque Of The Red Death" /  Version 2
Adaptation & Art by BOB FORGIONE  /  Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
This may be the only version of this story I've come across (apart from "The Masque Of Mandragora" on DOCTOR WHO) where someone explained how "The Red Death" managed to get inside the castle.

I note a few details in this version that turned up in the 1964 Roger Corman film-- the design of the main hall and stairway (production designer Daniel Heller could well have seen this comic!), the villagers begging for help at the castle walls and being driven off by violence, and the Court Jester making a suggestion that leads to the death of his employer!  Makes me wonder how many people in Hollywood read comics but never wanted to admit to it.

The main hall in the 1964 film (a set reused from the film "BECKET").
Note the similarity to the one seen on page 1 of this comic story--
right down to the color scheme!
The Court Jester causes the death of his master. Albeit, in the film, the Jester was "Hop Toad", from another Poe story, though he did somewhat resemble the king in this comic version. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Now, as it happens, by an amazing coincidence (??), the TV series SUSPENSE ran a Poe adaptation on April 29, 1952.  And someone has posted it on Youtube!

And so, not one to waste a blog page (or an opportunity like this, here is the SUSPENSE tv adaptation of...  "THE PURLOINED LETTER" !!

Copyright (C) the various publishers.

Scan of THE THING #2 from the Heritage Auctions site
Scans of THE THING #2 interiors from the Destination Nightmare blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Charlton Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Bob Forgione at the Lambiek site.
See more of Bob Forgione's work at the Four Color Shadows blog.

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 site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!

Read the Bill Everett RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Bob Forgione RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Manoel Ferreira RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Steve Ditko RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RED DEATH adaptation!

Read the Tom Sutton RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Don Heck RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ricardo Villamonte RED DEATH adaptation!

Read the Richard Corben RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Wayne Howard RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Francisco Agras RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)
Read the Flavio Colin RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Auraleon RED DEATH adaptation!   (
coming soon!)

Read the Alberto Breccia RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Daryl Hutchinson RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Steve Leialoha RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jayme Cortez RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ted Naifeh RED DEATH adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1952, Pt. 4)

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