Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Poe 1952, Pt. 5

(Continued from Poe 1952, Pt. 4)


Only a few months after the Doug Wildey version of "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM" appeared in Youthful's BEWARE #10, another, much CLASSIER version appeared in NIGHTMARE #2Ziff-Davis was the company that bought out AMAZING STORIES in 1938, and published comic-books in the early 1950s, with SUPERMAN co-creator Jerry Siegel as their art director.  The company had many interests, in magazines, pulps, and even television, comics being a mere short-lived sideline.

     This was the 5th comics adaptation of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #3 (Nov'44),  
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47),   
Marvel's SPELLBOUND #2 (Apr'52), and  
Youthful's BEWARE #10 (Jun'52).

This was the 3rd of 3 versions in 1952!  It makes you wonder what was in the water.

This particular adaptation was illustrated by Everett Raymond Kinstler, who went on to great fame as a portait artist.

cover by WALTER POPP   (Ziff-Davis  /  Fall 1952)
Adaptation & Art by EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER  /  Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Well, that was short!


It gets strange here.  After 2 issues, the numbering for NIGHTMARE continued for 1 more issue at St. John, another publisher, who apparently acquired the title from Ziff-Davis.  A year later, another St. John title, WEIRD HORRORS, after 9 issues, changed its name to NIGHTMARE.  After 4 issues (#10-13), the title changed its name again, to AMAZING GHOST STORIES, for its 3 final issues (#14-16), during which time it had 2 completely different logos.  (You can't make up stuff like this!!)  It was in #14 that the Kinstler version of "Pit And The Pendulum" was reprinted, only 2 years after its debut.

cover by MATT BAKER   (St. John  /  October 1954)
Malibu, a small publisher in the 1980s and early 90s that became successful enough for Marvel to buy them out (in order to SHUT THEM DOWN and eliminate some competition), published a 115-page one-shot reprint anthology that ressurected the Kinstler "Pit" again.

cover by "MADMAN"   (Malibu  /  1991)
cover by ??   (Editorial Flama  /  Brazil  /  1991)
Wraparound cover:
cover by NORMAN SAUNDERS   (Gwandanaland Comics  /  June 14, 2017)
cover by NORMAN SAUNDERS   (IDW  /  April 2018)
Copyright (C) the various publishers.

Scan of NIGHTMARE #2 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of NIGHTMARE #2 interiors from the Comic Book Plus site.
     Special thanks to "Cimmerian32".
Scan of AMAZING GHOST STORIES #14 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of THE COMICS THAT ATE MY BRAIN from the GCD site.
Scans of ABUTRE #5 supplied by Elcio Chicanoski
     with special thanks!
Scan of THE COMPLETE NIGHTMARE from the site.
Scan of HAUNTED HORRROR #33 from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at The Poe Museum site.

Read about Walter Popp at the American Art Archives site.
Read about Walter Popp at the Pulp Artists site.
Read about Walter Popp at the Unobtanium 13 site.
See more of Walter Popp's work at The Geeky Nerfherder blog.

Read about Everett Raymond Kinstler at his website.
Read about Everett Raymond Kinstler's comics work
     at the JVJ Publishing site.
See more of Everett Raymond Kinstler's work
     at the Masters Of Portrait Art site.
Visit the Fans Of Everett Raymond Kinstler Facebook Group.

Read about Matt Baker at The Comics Journal site.
See more Matt Baker work at the American Art Archives site.
Read about CANTEEN KATE at the Lost Art Books site.

Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Spark Notes site.
Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Cliff Notes site.
Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Shmoop site.

Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
See the PENDULUM Gallery of Illustrations.

Hear the Basil Rathbone PIT AND THE PENDULUM recording!
See the Vincent Price PIT AND THE PENDULUM performance!
Hear the Henry Hull SUSPENSE episode!   (ep. 24  /  1-12-1943)
Hear the Jose Ferrer SUSPENSE episode!   (ep. 273  /  11-28-1947)
Hear the Vincent Price SUSPENSE episode!   (ep.724  /  11-10-1957)
Hear the Raymond Burr SUSPENSE episode!   (ep.805  /  6-7-1959)
Hear the Tony Roberts CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!  (3-4-1975)

Read the Gus Schrotter PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the August M. Froehlich PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Russ Heath PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Doug Wildey PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Everett Raymond Kinstler PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the Gedeone Malagola PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Ruben Lara Romero PENDULUM adaptation!
     See the Pablo Marcos PENDULUM tribute!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Jose Ortiz PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the De La Rosa PENDULUM adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera PENDULUM illustrated story!
     (coming soon)
Read the Don McGregor / Rudy Mesina PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gerry Talaoc PENDULUM adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1952, Pt. 6)

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