"THE BLACK CAT"
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 COSTELLO COMICS), and the 1st graphic novel (IT RHYMES WITH LUST). 2 months after their 1st Poe adaptation, St. John did their 2nd...
"THE BLACK CAT"
This was the 3rd comics adaptation of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #1 (Sep'44), and
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #15  (May-Jun'50),
...that one some 4 years earlier.
Unfortunately, once again, I have been unable to find any credits, either for the writer or the artist. Any info on this score will be most appreciated!
cover by JOE KUBERT (St. John Publishing / April 1954)
Adaptation & Art by ?? / Page 9
And, according to Frank Motler (also at the GCD), "The magnificent, Cartoon Art published the Spellbound Magazine which reprinted, among others, St. John's Nightmare #12 from 1954, it may well have been their last shot."
This seems to be a VERY obscure magazine, as its listing at the GCD is so far the ONLY place I've found it online at all. At any rate, this version of "The Black Cat" was reprinted a few months after its original appearance.
cover by ?? (Cartoon Art / UK / 1954)
cover by THOMAS WASSMANN (Editora Cunha / Brazil / 1979?)
cover by MIGUEL PENTEADO (Editora Cunha / Brazil / 1980)
Scans of NIGHTMARE #12 from the Comic Book Plus site.
Special thanks to "Cimmerian32".
Scan of SPELLBOUND magazine from the GCD site.
Scan of TERROR NEGRO #1 from the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site.
Scan of ALMANAQUE TERROR NEGRO #1 from the Bartolomeu777 blog.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about St. John Publications at Wikipedia.
Read about Joe Kubert at Wikipedia.
See more of Joe Kubert's covers at the Comic Book Resources site.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Norman Rose at Wikipedia.
Read about THE BLACK CAT at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the Norman Rose CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!
Read the Bill Allison BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the St. John Publishing BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Luiz Saidenberg BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Fran Matera BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Juarez Odilon BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro BLACK CAT adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Berni Wrightson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte BLACK CAT adaptation!
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1954, Pt. 5)