Thursday, November 26, 2015

Poe 1959, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1958, Pt. 4)

MAD  46
High Flown Balloons Dept.:  "THE RAVEN"

Incredibly-- 5 years after Harvey Kurtzman tackled "THE RAVEN" in EC's
MAD #9 (Feb'Mar'54), Frank Jacobs tackled it AGAIN in MAD #46 (Apr'59).

In fact, I have found no less than 5 different versions of 'THE RAVEN" in EC's MAD over the years.  And if you read all the way through this project, you will see ALL of them!  And more...

The artist this time is one of the greatest artists in the history of the medium.  What, you think I'm making this up?  NOT A BIT OF IT!  The artist in question is WALLACE WOOD, whose work appeared in pretty much every issue of EC's MAD from its very beginning until sometime in the early 60s --when some unspeakable thing occured between him and editor Albert B. Feldstein, which we will-- uncharacteristically enough-- NOT be discussing here at extreme and grotesque length.  Just take my word for it, SEE?  Nyah.

Of course, by this time, EC's MAD had evolved from a regular-sized color comic to a B&W magazine format.  But-- you KNEW that-- didn't you?  (PLEASE tell me you knew that!  No, it can't possibly be that anybody didn't knew that-- er, KNOW that!)

And for those who are keeping count.... this was EC's 8th foray ito POE.

So much for the hyperbole (or is that metaphor?).
As Stan Freberg once said...
     "And now, ON widda da SHOW!"

MAD  46
cover by KELLY FREAS   (EC  /  April 1959)
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by Frank Jacobs  /  Art by WALLACE WOOD
cover by KELLY FREAS   (EC  /  Fall 1981)
Copyright (C) EC.

Scans of MAD #46 interior supplied by "Pappy"
     with special thanks!
All other scans from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about EC Comics at Wikipedia.

Read about Kelly Freas at Wikipedia.
Visit the Kelly Freas website!
Read about Frank Jacobs at Wikipedia.
Read the Wally Wood page at Wikipedia.
Visit The Mad Comics Of Wally Wood blog!
Visit Booksteve's Horray For Wally Wood blog!
Read my DAREDEVIL blog article to learn the truth about what really went on
     during Wood's brief time on this 60s series!
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Christopher Lee at Wikipedia.

Read about The Raven at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Christopher Lee recording!

Read the Harvey Kurtzman / Will Elder RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mort Drucker RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RAVEN adaptation!

Read the 2 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptations!
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Peter Cappiello RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Paul Coker, Jr. RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Steve Ditko RAVEN story!
Read the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!

Read the Wally Wood HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!

Read the Wally Wood 20,000 LEAGUES parody!
Read my Wally Wood DAREDEVIL article at this very blog!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued from Poe 1960, Pt. 1)

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