(Continued from Poe 1954, Pt. 1)
St. John Publications was a small publisher that was notable for several "firsts": the 1st 3-D comic (THREE DIMENSIONAL COMICS), the 1st movie-comedian tie-in series (ABBOTT AND COSTELO COMICS), and the 1st graphic novel (IT RHYMES WITH LUST).
NIGHTMARE was a title the company picked up and continued from Ziff-Davis. Initially, they did a 3rd issue after Ziff-Davis had stopped with just 2. However, a completely different series from St. John, WEIRD HORRORS, after running 9 issues, had its name changed to NIGHTMARE, starting with its 10th
issue. It was a common practice for companies to save money on
2nd-class postal permits by changing the names of existing series.
After 4 issues, the "new" NIGHTMARE had its name changed again, to AMAZING GHOST STORIES. It ran for 3 issues under this name before finally coming to and end with its 16th issue. As you can imagine, this sort of thing has no doubt caused endless confusion for collectors over the years.
The St. John NIGHTMARE featured Poe stories in 2 of its issues-- #11 and #12. The first of these was an adaptation of "HOP-FROG". Special thanks to 2 different people, Steve Thompson & "Smurfswacker", for identifying the artist!
cover by NORMAN SAUNDERS (St. John / February 1954)
Adaptation & Art by JOHN PRENTICE / Page 7
Scans of NIGHTMARE #11 from the Comic Book Plus site.
Special thanks to "Cimmerian32".
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about St. John Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about John Prentice at Wikipedia.
Read about John Prentice at the National Cartoonists Society site.
Read about Hop Frog at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the John Prentice HOP FROG adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer HOP FROG adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall HOP FROG adaptation!
Read the Ignacio Justo HOP FROG adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the Juan Sarompas HOP-FROG illustrated story!
Read the Daryl & Josef Hutchinson HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the Bill D. Fountain HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the Horacio Lalia HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the Gris Grimly HOP-FROG illustrated story!
Read the Lisa K. Weber HOP-FROG illustrated story!
Read the Alberto Vazquez HOP-FROG illustrated story!
Read the Lika K. Weber HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the David G. Fores HOP-FROG illustrated story!
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1954, Pt. 2A)