Monday, November 23, 2015

Poe 1955, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1955, Pt. 2)

TERROR ILLUSTRATED  1
"REST IN PEACE"

In the wake of the 1950s comics witch-hunt that saw the formation of the corrupt "Comics Code Authority"-- allegedly a self-policing body designed to avoid government censorship, but in reality, a tool for the biggest (and most crooked) publishers to drive their competitors OUT of business...  EC stopped publishing comic-books.  Their biggest hit, MAD, was transformed into a B&W magazine, on sale beside TIME and PLAYBOY.  The rest of the line was reinvented as a set of "illustrated" story mazazines.  The same high level of quality was maintained, simply by using the same hugely-talented writers & artists.

"But it didn't sell".

One of these short-lived treasures was TERROR ILLUSTRATED.  This ran a mere 2 issues between the end of 1955 and early 1956.  (It was also a title used in the early 1970s by a short-lived horror comic in Brazil that spotlighted the work of artist Edmundo Rodrigues... but that's another story.)

EC's 8th foray into Poe was another variation
on his most famous and popular story...

     "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER".

This was the 5th comics adaptation of the story, following Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #4 (Dec'44), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47), EC's THE VAULT OF HORROR #13 [2] (Jun-Jul'50), and Prize's BLACK MAGIC #28 (Jan'Feb'54), the last one just under 2 years earlier.

Now... this will probably look uncannily familiar to anybody, like me, who's been reading this POE blog project with interest.  There's a reason for that.  Jack Oleck, I have discovered, was a writer who was often in the habit of RE-using his stories from one publisher to another.  After all, how would THEY know?

Not long after discovering the existence of this story, one of my friends and fellow comic-fans, "Pappy", came through with a set of GORGEOUS, STUNNING, HI-RES scans of the story. Now, imagine my surprise when, simply glancing through the pages quickly, I realized... I'd READ this story before!  Oh, sure, the words were different... the names of the characters were different... and the art was different.  That's besides this being an "illustrated story" and what it reminded me of was a "comic".  But the events in the story were IDENTICAL.  And NOT just because they were both adaptations of the same Poe story.

That's right.  This is an almost EXACT redo of "BURIED ALIVE".  The one with Steve Ditko art!  The one that I strongly believe had a direct influence on no less than 3 of Roger Corman's POE films!!  Man, that was SOME comic.  Not only did elements in it that were original to the comic (NOT from Poe) turn up VERBATIM in the later movies, it was also REDONE twice in the comics.  Once here, and then again, later, as a comic with Cirilo Munoz art... and not one single word of the original comic changed.

The artist is once again, one of the true GREATS in the business,  
George Evans.

This was his 2nd of 3 POE adaptations.

Oh yeah-- the cover is by ANOTHER one of the GREATS in the biz--  
Reed Crandall.  A decade later, he would do 3 of the best POE comics adaptations ever put to paper!!

ENJOY!

TERROR ILLUSTRATED  1
cover by REED CRANDALL   (EC  /  November-December 1955)
"REST IN PEACE"
   (adapted from "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER")  /  Version 5
   (including elements of "THE PREMATURE BURIAL")  /  Version 2
Adaptation by Jack Oleck  /  Art by GEORGE EVANS  /  Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
Page 34
As a bonus, here's the original art to page 31.  Click on it to see the full size!
EC PICTO-FICTION LIBRARY
cover by REED CRANDALL   (Russ Cochran  /  November 2006)
Copyright (C) EC Comics.

Scan of TERROR ILLUSTRATED #1 cover from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of TERROR ILLUSTRATED #1 interiors supplied by "Pappy"
     with special thanks!
Scan of EC PICTO-FICTION LIBRARY from the My Comics Shop site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.


Read about EC Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Albert B. Feldstein at Wikipedia.
 
Read about Reed Crandall at Wikipedia.
Read about Jack Oleck at Wikipedia.
Read about George Evans at Wikipedia.
Read an interview with George Evans at the Words And Pictures blog.

     "The Fall Of The House Of Usher": 
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Gladys Thornton at the IMDB site.
Read about the ESCAPE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Paul Frees at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Kevin McCarthy at Wikipedia.
Read about Arnold Moss at Wikipedia.

Read about THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the Gladys Thornton WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Paul Frees ESCAPE episode!
Hear the Kevin McCarthy CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!


Read the Gus Schrotter HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Harley M. Griffiths HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Harry Harrison HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Steve Ditko HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the George Evans HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!

Read the Osvaldo Talo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Tom Sutton HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Gino Dauro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

Read the Carlos Moro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Cirilo Munoz HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Martin Salvador HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
     (coming soon!)


Read the Nestor Redondo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Pablo Marcos HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Novelas Inmortales HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Arturo Arnau HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the E.C. Nickel HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Richard Corben HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the P.Craig Russell / Jay Geldof HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   
     (coming soon!)

     "The Premature Burial":
Read about THE PREMATURE BURIAL at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear The CBS Radio Mystery Theater PREMATURE BURIAL episode!

Read the Steve Ditko PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the George Evans PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!

Read the Gedeone Malagola PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the Juez Xirinius PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation! 
Read the Cirilo Munoz PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the Vicente Alcazar PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!


     Misc.
Read the George Evans TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the George Evans SPACE CONQUERORS! run starting in 1953!
Read the George Evans MORELLA adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1958, Pt. 1)

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