Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Poe 1974, Pt.18

(Continued from Poe 1974, Pt.16)

CRAZY  7
"THE TATTLETALE HEART"

Marvel Comics (at times in its early history sometimes referred to as Timely or Atlas) was always a 2nd-level publisher-- somewhere in the middle as far as quality was concerned-- whose specialty was flooding the market with imitations of whatever was then currently popular.

One of the endless commercial successes that Marvel shamelessly ripped off was EC Comics' MAD.  Orignally, they did 7 issues of a comic-book called CRAZY from December 1953-June 1954.  (Oddly enough, Charlton did 2 issues of a comics called CRAZY, MAN, CRAZY between December 1955-June 1956.)  Much later, Marvel revived their comic for 3 more issues from February-June 1973.  And then, like MAD, they changed the format to a B&W magazine, and unlike MAD, started over the numbering-- for the 2nd time.  The B&W CRAZY ran 94 issues from October 1973-April 1983.

Early in the run of that incarnation, issue #7 to be exact, they decided to do a parody of a famous Edgar Allan Poe story...

     "THE TELL-TALE HEART". 

     This was the 12th comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #6 (Dec'45),
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #15 [1] (May-Jun'50), 
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51),
EC's SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES #8 (Apr-May'53),  
EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #20 (Jul-Aug'53),
Charlton's WIN A PRIZE #1 (Feb'55),  
Warren's CREEPY #3 (Jun'65),  
Editora Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #7 (1968),
Gino Sansoni Editore's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17 (Sep'69),
Marvel's CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #3 (Feb'70),
and Skywald's SCREAM #8 (Aug'74).
     Marvel had done their "serious" version some 56 months earlier.

Fittingly-- or ironically, I can't quite make up my mind-- the art was supplied by Mike Ploog.  Starting out as an assistant to Will Eisner (and spending much of his career "channeling" Eisner's art style), he had quite a reputation for horror comics, doing many stories for Warren, Marvel, and others, including runs on THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN, WEREWOLF BY NIGHT, and the Johnny Blaze flaming demon from hell motorcycle hero "Ghost Rider" (a misnomer if ever there was one).

After CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #2 ("The Day Of The Red Death"), this proved to be only the 2nd time I knew I'd have to CENSOR the material to make it acceptable for my blog.  And for the exact same reason.  NO, REALLY!!! 
I wouldn't kid about a thing like this...

Nudity... violence... gore... perversion... all these things I can tolerate. 
But SOME things I simply CANNOT allow!!!

In this case, rather than having to utilize some of my own artwork to do the "clean-up", I was able to reuse a visual joke created by Harvey Kurtzman & Jack Davis from MAD #13 (1954).  Hey, I like to give credit where credit is due!

CRAZY  7
cover by NICK CARDY   (Marvel Comics  /  October 1974)
"THE TATTLETALE HEART"  /  Version 12
Adaptation by Stu Schwartzberg  /  Art by Mike Ploog & Frank Chiaramonte
"Censored" stamps by Harvey Kurtzman & Jack Davis
     (would I make up a thing like that?)
Page 39
Page 40
Page 41
Page 42
Page 43
Page 44
Page 45
Page 46
Copyright (C) Marvel Comics.

Scan of CRAZY #7 from the GCD site.
Scans of CRAZY #7 interiors from
     the Diversions Of The Groovy Kind blog.
Scan of MAD #13 page from the Lit Kicks site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Marvel Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about Crazy Magazine at Wikipedia.
Read about Nick Cardy at Wikipedia.
Read about Mike Ploog at Wikipedia.
Read about Frank Chiaramonte at Wikipedia.

Read about INNER SANCTUM MYSTERY at Wikipedia.
Read about Boris Karloff at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE at Wikipedia.
Read about James Mason at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Fred Gwynne at Wikipedia.

Read about THE TELL TALE HEART at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story at the Xroad.Virginia.Edu site.

Hear the Boris Karloff INNER SANCTUM MYSTERY episode!
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
See the James Mason cartoon short!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Fred Gwynne CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Rudy Palais TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Jim Lavery TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the George Evans TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Graham Ingels TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

Read the Jack Kirby / Jerry Robinson TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Tom Palmer TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

Read the Ricardo Villamonte TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Mike Ploog TELL-TALE HEART parody!
Read the Alberto Breccia TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!
     (coming soon)

Read the Don McGregor / Yong Montano TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
 
Read the Vilmar Rodrigues TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos TELL-TALE HEART illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jesus Blasco TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 17

Friday, April 17, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 7

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 6)

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88  /   KING CLASSICS  14
"EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO"  /  "THE GOLD BUG"

     (Conclusion)

Editorial Bruguera in Barcelona, Spain, from 1970-1983 published 270 issues of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES (LITERARY YOUTH JEWELS), and were clearly following in the same path as Gilberton's more famous CLASSIC COMICS / CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  One big difference was, most of their adaptations of classic stories were never translated into English.

Fortunately for my POE project, one that was, was the ONLY story of Poe's that was done by JLJ...

     "THE GOLD BUG".

This was the 9th comics version of this story, following David C. Cook's SUNDAY PIX #1-14 (May 1-July 31, 1949), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), Boy Scouts Of America's BOYS' LIFE (Jul'54), Empresa Nacional de Publicidade's CAVALEIRO ANDANTE #453 (Sep'60), Editorial Sea/Novaro's TESORO DE CUENTOS CLASICOS #51 (Nov'61), Thorpe & Porter's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jul'62), Corriere Della Sera's CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI 1964 #23 & 24 (Jun 7 & Jun 14, 1964), and Corriere Della Sera's CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI 1971 #12 (Mar 21, 1971).
 
Unlike the previous adaptations of this story I've read, this one was greatly expanded, in the same fashion many episodes of "THE SAINT" with Roger Moore were when they turned existing short stories into hour-long TV episodes.  There's a major sub-plot, involving another man living on the island, that was added just for this version.

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL   (Editorial Bruguera  /  Spain  /  1973)
KING CLASSICS  14
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL
     (Editorial Bruguera  &  King Features Syndicate  /  1977)
"THE GOLD BUG"  /  Version 9
Adaptation by Ramon Bacardit  /  Art by ANTONIO CALMEIRO TOMAS
English Translation by Dr. Marion Kimberly
Page 21  /  "And now... the EPIC conclusion!"
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31  /  Poe biography
Page 32  /  Back Cover
JLJ issues have been reprinted multiple times, in several languages.

Copyright (C) 1977 Editorial Bruguera, S.A., Barcelona, Spain.
Copyright (C) 1977 King Features Syndicate, New York, U.S.A.
Scan of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES #88 from the Lalecturaderamon site.
Scans of KING CLASSICS #14 from my collection.
Scans of reprints from the Leelibros and Mercadolibre sites.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editorial Bruguera, S.A. at Wikipedia.
Read about Joyas Literarias Juveniles at The Mystic Bubble blog.
Read about Anthony Bernal at The Mystic Bubble blog.
Read more about Joyas Literarias Juveniles and the many artists involved
     at the Seronosa site. 
Read about Planeta DeAgostini at Wikipedia.

Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.

Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode!
Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!

Read the Joseph Wirt Tillotson GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Henry Sharp GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Fernando Bento GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Editorial Sea/Novaro GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Mick Anglo GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the G. Renna GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Antonio Calmerio Tomas GOLD BUG adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ediciones Vilmar GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Alfonso Font GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Arnau GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Silvio Camboni GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Niesa Editores GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Miguel Serratosa GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the NBM / Papercutz GOLD BUG adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1974, Pt. 1)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 6

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 5)

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88  /   KING CLASSICS  14
"EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO"  /  "THE GOLD BUG"

     (Part 2)

Editorial Bruguera in Barcelona, Spain, from 1970-1983 published 270 issues of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES (LITERARY YOUTH JEWELS), and were clearly following in the same path as Gilberton's more famous CLASSIC COMICS / CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  One big difference was, most of their adaptations of classic stories were never translated into English.

Fortunately for my POE project, one that was, was the ONLY story of Poe's that was done by JLJ...

     "THE GOLD BUG".

This was the 9th comics version of this story, following David C. Cook's SUNDAY PIX #1-14 (May 1-July 31, 1949), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), Boy Scouts Of America's BOYS' LIFE (Jul'54), Empresa Nacional de Publicidade's CAVALEIRO ANDANTE #453 (Sep'60), Editorial Sea/Novaro's TESORO DE CUENTOS CLASICOS #51 (Nov'61), Thorpe & Porter's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jul'62), Corriere Della Sera's CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI 1964 #23 & 24 (Jun 7 & Jun 14, 1964), and Corriere Della Sera's CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI 1971 #12 (Mar 21, 1971).
 
Unlike the previous adaptations of this story I've read, this one was greatly expanded, in the same fashion many episodes of "THE SAINT" with Roger Moore were when they turned existing short stories into hour-long TV episodes.  There's a major sub-plot, involving another man living on the island, that was added just for this version.

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL   (Editorial Bruguera  /  Spain  /  1973)
KING CLASSICS  14
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL
     (Editorial Bruguera  &  King Features Syndicate  /  1977)
"THE GOLD BUG"  /  Version 9
Adaptation by Ramon Bacardit  /  Art by ANTONIO CALMEIRO TOMAS
English Translation by Dr. Marion Kimberly
Page 11  /  "Our story continues..."
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Don't go away!  We'll be right back with the conclusion...

Copyright (C) 1977 Editorial Bruguera, S.A., Barcelona, Spain
Copyright (C) 1977 King Features Syndicate, New York, U.S.A.

Scan of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES #88 from the Lalecturaderamon site.
Scans of KING CLASSICS #14 from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editorial Bruguera, S.A. at Wikipedia.
Read about Joyas Literarias Juveniles at The Mystic Bubble blog.
Read about Anthony Bernal at The Mystic Bubble blog.

Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.

Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode!
Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!

Read the Joseph Wirt Tillotson GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Henry Sharp GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Fernando Bento GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Editorial Sea/Novaro GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Mick Anglo GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the G. Renna GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Antonio Calmerio Tomas GOLD BUG adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ediciones Vilmar GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Alfonso Font GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Arnau GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Silvio Camboni GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Niesa Editores GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Miguel Serratosa GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the NBM / Papercutz GOLD BUG adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Don't miss the 3rd PART of this... coming up next!!!

(Continued in Poe 1973, Pt. 7

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Poe 1973, Pt. 5

(Continued from Poe 1973, Pt. 4)

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88  /   KING CLASSICS  14
"EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO"  /  "THE GOLD BUG"


Editorial Bruguera in Barcelona, Spain, from 1970-1983 published 270 issues of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES (LITERARY YOUTH JEWELS), and were clearly following in the same path as Gilberton's more famous CLASSIC COMICS / CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  One big difference was, most of their adaptations of classic stories were never translated into English.

When I first ran across KING CLASSICS (while working on my Jules Verne project) I had no idea if the series contained new originals, or reprints-- and if the latter, of what.  Well, it turns out, not only were they English reprints of JLJ, they were actually published and printed by them!!  I'm sure this must have given them much more quality control over the finished product (unlike what happens when most American publishers license out reprints to overseas companies).  Unfortunately, only 24 of the 270 issues were turned into English versions.  To me, this means there is a HUGE number of wonderful comics just waiting for some ambitious publisher (or blogger) to translate into English!

Fortunately for my POE project, one that was, was the ONLY story of Poe's that was done by JLJ...

     "THE GOLD BUG".

I've been very lucky while working on this project, in that it was more than 5 months in before I had to dig out comics from my own collection to scan anything in.  The bulk of the project has come from existing blogs and websites, or other fans who supplied me with scans from their own collections.  Well, 6 months in, and the JLJ version of this story simply had not turned up anywhere.

But fortune was with me, as I not only located a copy for sale online, but was actually able to afford to BUY it.  This makes it not only the 1st time in this entire huge project that I've gone ahead and BOUGHT a comic for it, but it's also the first time in more than 4 YEARS that I've bought any new comic for my collection, PERIOD!!  And judging from what I read the other day at Amazon.com's site, apparently what I got ahold of (CHEAP!!) was the ONLY copy to be found in their entire database, among the countless "Marketplace" stores they're affiliated with!!  Clearly, it was a "meant to be" moment.

This was the 9th comics version of this story, following David C. Cook's SUNDAY PIX #1-14 (May 1-July 31, 1949), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51), Boy Scouts Of America's BOYS' LIFE (Jul'54), Empresa Nacional de Publicidade's CAVALEIRO ANDANTE #453 (Sep'60), Editorial Sea/Novaro's TESORO DE CUENTOS CLASICOS #51 (Nov'61), Thorpe & Porter's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jul'62), Corriere Della Sera's CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI 1964 #23 & 24 (Jun 7 & Jun 14, 1964), and Corriere Della Sera's CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI 1971 #12 (Mar 21, 1971).
 
Unlike the previous adaptations of this story I've read, this one was greatly expanded, in the same fashion many episodes of "THE SAINT" with Roger Moore were when they turned existing short stories into hour-long TV episodes.  There's a major sub-plot, involving another man living on the island, that was added just for this version.

I'll say one thing.  After spending several days creating an English-language version from the 1960 Portuguese comic, I'm really glad I was able to get this 1977 English reprint!

JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES  88
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL   (Editorial Bruguera  /  Spain  /  1973)
KING CLASSICS  14
cover by ANTONIO BERNAL
     (Editorial Bruguera  &  King Features Syndicate  /  1977)
"THE GOLD BUG"  /  Version 9
Adaptation by Ramon Bacardit  /  Art by ANTONIO CALMEIRO TOMAS
English Translation by Dr. Marion Kimberly
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Don't go away!  Our story will continue...

Copyright (C) 1977 Editorial Bruguera, S.A., Barcelona, Spain
Copyright (C) 1977 King Features Syndicate, New York, U.S.A.

Scan of JOYAS LITERARIAS JUVENILES #88 from the Lalecturaderamon site.
Scans of KING CLASSICS #14 from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editorial Bruguera, S.A. at Wikipedia.
Read about Joyas Literarias Juveniles at The Mystic Bubble blog.
Read about Anthony Bernal at The Mystic Bubble blog.

Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.

Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode!
Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!

Read the Joseph Wirt Tillotson GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Henry Sharp GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Fernando Bento GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Editorial Sea/Novaro GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Mick Anglo GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the G. Renna GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Antonio Calmerio Tomas GOLD BUG adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ediciones Vilmar GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Alfonso Font GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Arnau GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Silvio Camboni GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Niesa Editores GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Miguel Serratosa GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the NBM / Papercutz GOLD BUG adaptation! 

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Don't miss the 2nd PART of this... coming up next!!!

(Continued in Poe 1973, Pt. 6)