Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Poe 1952, Pt. 6

(Continued from Poe 1952, Pt. 5)

FANTASTIC  Vol.1  No.3
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"
"THE OPENER OF THE CRYPT"
     (Illustrated Stories)

Ziff-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.

Shortly after their comics version of "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM" in NIGHTMARE #2 (Fall'52), the company published not only an illustrated version of "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO" in one of their pulp magazines, but also, a brand-new sequel to it, "THE OPENER OF THE CRYPT", in the same issue!

John Jakes is an author whose work includes the Johnny Havoc series, Brak The Barbarian, Gavin Black, and Kent Family, North And South, and Crown Family Saga.  Both the Kent Family and North And South books were adapted at least in part as TV mini-series.

Unlike Poe, Jakes' material is still under Copyright, which probably explains the lack of his story being posted ANYWHERE online (that I know of, as yet).

However, no less than 3 different comics stories took their inspiration from it.  A mere 3 months after its publication, it became the basis for a rather blatent swipe by the "Iger Shop".  This in turn was much-later redone by Eerie Publications.  Finally, it was officially licensed and adapted by Marvel Comics in 1973 with art by Frank Brunner!  I'll be getting to those.

FANTASTIC  Vol.1 No.3
cover by BARYE PHILLIPS   (Ziff-Davis  /  November-December 1952)
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"   (click link to read original story)
Illustration by VIRGIL FINLAY  /  Page 148
"THE OPENER OF THE CRYPT"   ("story under copyright and not available")
Illustrations by DAVID STONE

I've been unable to find any art from this story, or even to determine if illustrator "David Stone" is also illustrator "David Stone Martin" (who's known for jazz LP covers) or not.

But in the meantime, Jakes' story was reprinted multiple times...

BORIS KARLOFF'S FAVORITE HORROR STORIES
cover by ??   (Avon  /  G#1254  /  May 1965)
THE BORIS KARLOFF HORROR ANTHOLOGY
cover by ??   (Souvenir Press  /  1965)
THE BORIS KARLOFF HORROR ANTHOLOGY
cover by ??   (Corgi  /  0-552-0814-4-2  /  1969)
THE BORIS KARLOFF HORROR ANTHOLOGY
cover by ??   (Everest Books  /  0-903925-8-5  /  1975)
THE DIVERSIFIER  21
cover by RON WILBER   (C.C. Clingan  /  July 1977)
100 TWISTED LITTLE TALES OF TORMENT
cover by LUCY CORVINO
     (Barnes & Noble Books  /  0-7607-085-5-X  /  October 1998)
As a bonus, a scan of the Wraparound cover.
Copyright (C) the various artists publishers.

Scan of FANTASTIC v.1 #3 cover from the Pulp Cover.com site.
Scan of Virgil Finlay illo from the Frank Zumbach site.
Scans of Boris Kaloff's Favorite Horror Stories,
     The Boris Karloff Anthology (1965, 1969 & 1975),
     The Diversifier #21,
     and 100 Twisted Little Tales Of Torment from the Philsp.com site.
Scan of FANTASTIC v.1 #3 wraparound cover from the Amazon.com site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
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 Marvel Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about John Jakes at Wikipedia.
Read about John Jakes and see a huge collection of his paperback book covers
     at the Fantastic Fiction site.
Read John Jakes' "Spell Of The Dragon" with Brak The Barbarian
     in CHAMBER OF CHILLS #2 (Oct'72)
     at the Diversions Of The Groovy Kind blog.

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 SUSPENSE TV adaptation!
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!
Read the Gedeone Malagola AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Fran Matera AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Osvaldo Talo AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Edmundo Rodrigues AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Frank Brunner AMONTILLADO sequel!
     Read the Cirilo Munoz AMONTILLADO sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Martin Salvador AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Don McGregor / Mike Golden AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Noly Zamora AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Walter James Brogan AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1953, Pt. 1)

1 comment:

  1. I think (but am not 100% sure) that this was David K. Stone, who went on to be a noted illustrator of historical themes. Will try to find out for sure.

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