Saturday, May 30, 2015

Poe 1979, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1979, Pt. 2)

EL PENDULO  2
"WILLIAM WILSON"
     (English translation)

So, did you think Jeff Bonivert's art was really wild and off-the-wall?
Wait until you see this...

I've been finding more and more foreign POE comics adaptations, many of them that have NEVER been published in America-- or even in English!  I've made it my goal to correct that situation.

Ediciones de la Urraca  ("Editions of the Magpie") was an Argentina publisher from 1974-2001, the work of AndrĂ©s Cascioli.  One of his magazines was EL PENDULO  ("The Pendulum"), which ran from 1979-91.

The 2nd issue featured one of the less-popular POE stories...  
     "WILLIAM WILSON". 

This was the 3rd comics version of this story, following Editora Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #6 (1968), and Skywald's NIGHTMARE #19 (Jun'74), the latter some 5 years earlier.

Alberto Breccia was a cartoonist who was born in Uruguay, at a young age moved to Argentina, and who really started to make headway in his career by being published in Italy.  This was the 2nd of 6 POE adaptations he did.  While his first was originally published in Italy, his 2nd was published in his homeland, Argentina.  

Like the previous one, I believe this has never been translated into English... UNTIL NOW.  Unlike the previous one, which was done in a rather bizarre but still "traditional" line-art style, his other 5 POEs were all done as full-color paintings, and using some of the WEIRDEST, most AVANT-GARDE stylings I have ever seen.  Let me put it this way:  the following pages probably look less as home in a comics magazine than they would in New York's "Museum Of Modern Art".

ENJOY-- if you can!!!

EL PENDULO  2   (THE PENDULUM  2)
cover by ??   (Ediciones De La Urraca  /  Argentina  /  October 1979)
"WILLIAM WILSON"  /  Version 3
Adaptation by Guillermo Saccomanno  /  Art by ALBERTO BRECCIA
English Translation & New Lettering by Henry Kujawa  /  Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Despite an absolute minimum of text, this one somehow was more difficult than usual to do a sensible translation of.  For the death scene, page 10, panel 3, there was not only too much text to fit in the available space, but what came out of the translator MADE NO SENSE.  So, once again (as I did with the finale of the Luiz Saidenberg "Black Cat"), I went straight to the original story and QUOTED Poe's text vebatim.

Copyright (C) Albert Breccia.
English Translation Copyright (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scan of EL PENDULO #2 cover from  the Mercado Livre site.
Scans of EL PENDULO #2 interiors from the Caprichosdecomic blog.
     Special thanks to "Carlitos".
Scan of EL PENDULO #2 page 4 from the Mas Historietas Argentinas site.
Scan of EL PENDULO #2 page 8 from the Mitchul site.
Scan of EL PENDULO #2 page 11 from the La Duendes site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Ediciones de la Urraca at Wikipedia.
Read about Andres Cascioli at Wikipedia.
Read about Alberto Breccia at Wikipedia.
Read about Alberto Breccia at the BDZoom site.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.

Read about WILLIAM WILSON at Wikipedia.
Read the complete short story
     at the Edgar Allan Poe Society Of Baltimore site.

Hear THE WEIRD CIRCLE episode!

Read the Osvaldo Talo WILLIAM WILSON adaptation!
Read the Alfonso Font WILLIAM WILSON adaptation!
Read the Albert Breccia WILLIAM WILSON adaptation!
Read the Jose Menezes WILLIAM WILSON adaptation!
Read the Jonas Schiaffino WILLIAM WILSON adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Alberto Breccia TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1979, Pt. 4)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Poe 1979, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1979, Pt. 1)

CREEPY  110
"THE CLOCKMAKER"   ("THE TELL-TALE HEART")

41 months after VAMPIRELLA #49 (3-1/2 years!), the next Warren POE adaptation finally appeared.  I wonder what took them so long?

After an inexplicable appearance in VAMPI (when that story didn't even involve anything sexy), the next one turned up back in its regular, most logical home, CREEPY.  This story is notable for a few points.  For one thing, they changed the name for no apparent reason, as virtually nothing about this could be said to be any kind of "loose" adaptation.  Second, both the writer and artist involved were MIS-credited in the magazine.  And third...  this was the 5th time Warren had RE-done a story they'd already done in the late 60s.  That's 5 out of 6, with the only odd one out being Reed Crandall's "Hop-Frog".

The story this time out, all too obviously, is that perrennial favorite...
     "THE TELL-TALE HEART".  Yes-- AGAIN.

     This was the 18th 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 Outubro'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),
Skywald's SCREAM #8 (Aug'74),
Marvel's CRAZY #7 (Oct'74),
Milano Libre Edizioni's ALTER LINUS #9 (Sep'75),
Novaro's CUENTOS DE EDGAR ALLAN POE (1975),
Marvel's MARVEL CLASSICS COMICS #28 (May'77),
Editora Vecchi's SPEKTRO #2 (Aug'77), and  
Moby Books' TALES OF MYSTERY AND TERROR (Jan'79)
     ...the last one 7 months earlier!

I might have missed this one entirely, if I hadn't-- get this-- run across a Spanish version of it posted online at the Entrecomics site.  Someone there pointed out how it was clearly based on "THE TELL-TALE HEART", and I suddenly realized
I had the story in my collection and had read it when it first came out.  Good thing, I didn't have to do an English translation of a story that was (presumably) originally published in English.

The artist this time is Jesus Blasco.  Inexplicably, both he and writer Bob Toomey had been mis-credited in the magazine, Toomey as "Gary Null" and Blasco as "J. Blasquez".  One can infer that Warren as a publishing company was starting to fall apart right there and then, with this sort of thing going on.

Ironically, the letters page in that very issue made note of the fact that an earlier issue had ALL the credits missing...
Interestingly enough, I just watched a short Spanish film (45 min.) titled "El Corazon Delator" from 1960, in which the old man is also a clock-maker.  This makes me suspect that the Toomey / Blasco version was inspired by that film!

As we continue in the home stretch...
this is the 23rd out of 25 Warren POE adaptations!!

Although there would be 2 more POE stories from Warren,
this was the FINAL one in CREEPY.

CREEPY  110
cover by Patrick Woodroffe   (Warren  /  August 1979)
"THE CLOCKMAKER"   (based on "THE TELL-TALE HEART")  /  Version 18
Adaptation by Bob Toomey  /  Art by JESUS BLACSO  /  Page 57
Page 58
Page 59
Page 60
Page 61
Page 62
Page 63
Page 64
Page 65
The reprints...

CREEPY  6
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA   (Toutain  /  Spain  /  1981)
As a bonus, here's an early sample of Blasco's work... from 1942!!
Copyright (C) Warren Publishing  and  the various publishers.

Scan of CREEPY #110 from my collection.
Scan of CREEPY #6 (Toutain) from the GCD site.
Scan of MIS CHICAS from the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about James Warren at Wikipedia.
Read about Warren Publishing at Wikipedia.

Read about Patrick Woodroffe at Wikipedia.
See more Patrick Woodroffe art at his website.
Read Bob Toomey 's "Growing Pains" at the Por Por Books blog.
Read Bob Toomey's "Quirks" at the Diversions Of The Groovy Kind blog.
Read about Jesus Blasco at Wikipedia.
Read about Jesus Blasco at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Frank Frazetta 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 1979, Pt. 3)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Poe 1979, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1978, Pt. 1)

STAR*REACH  17
"THE RAVEN"

Star*Reach was both a publishing company and a magazine, the work of comics writer-turned artists' agent Mike Friedrich.  While he worked for a time in the early 70s at Marvel Comics, his efforts outside that company far out-stripped anything most fans tend to remember him for.

Which brings us to one of the strangest items yet in this entire POE project...

     "THE RAVEN"

     This was the 11th version of this, following...
EC's MAD #9 (Feb-Mar'54),  
EC's MAD #46 (Apr'59),
EC's MAD #55 (Jun'60),  
Dell's THE RAVEN Movie Classic (Sep'63),
Editora Taika's A CRIPTA #2 (1968),  
EC's MAD #125 (Mar'69),
Warren's CREEPY #67 (Dec'74),
Skywald's SCREAM #11 (Mar'75),  
EC's MAD #181 (Mar'76), and
Charlton's HAUNTED #28 (Apr'76)
     ...the last one a little over 3 years earlier.

What could be more off-beat than Kurtzman & Elder, Drucker, or Ditko, you might ask? 

Wait 'til you see the work of Jeff Bonivert...

STAR*REACH  17
cover by JEFF BONIVERT   (Star*Reach  /  July 1979)
"THE RAVEN"  /  Version 11
Art by JEFF BONIVERT
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Okay, the art aside... I think the choice of FONT is terrible.  (But, that's me...)

Yes, this has been reprinted...

GRAPHIC CLASSICS:  EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by ??   (Eureka Productions  /  2001)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS:  EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by ??   (Eureka productions  /  2004)
As a bonus, here's something I had completely forgotten about..
my 1st exposure to Jeff Bonivert's art...

DOC STEARN... MR. MONSTER  4
cover by JEFF BONIVERT   (Eclipse Enterprises  /  December 1985)
Copyright (C) Jeff Bonivert.

Scan of STAR*REACH #17 cover from the Midtown Comics site.
Scans of STAR*REACH #17 from the Comic Art Fans site
     Special thanks to Christian Stoklas.
Scans of GRAPHIC CLASSICS from the GCD site.
Scan of DOC STEARN... MR. MONSTER #4 cover
     from my collection.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Star Reach at Wikipedia.
Read about Mike Friedrich at Wikipedia.
Read about Jeff Bonivert at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Jeff Bonivert at the Graphic Classics site.

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 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)
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!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Graphic Classics' books are currently in print--
     go to the GRAPHIC CLASSICS site to BUY your own copies!!!

(Continued in Poe 1979, Pt. 2)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Poe 1978, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1977, Pt.11)

SPEKTRO  8
"A ADORMECIDA"   ("THE SLEEPER")
"O RETATO OVAL"  ("THE OVAL PORTRAIT")
    (Illustrated stories)

Editiora Vecchi was a Brazillian publisher founded in 1913 by Italian emigrant Arturo Vecchi.  They became known for their comics, including horror titles SOBRENATURAL, HISTORIAS DO ALEM, PESADELO, and...  SPEKTRO.

SPEKTRO ran from January 1977 to 1982, at its peak selling 40,000 copies an issue.  It began, oddly enough, with reprints of Gold Key's DR. SPEKTOR, but ran through those stories so quickly it soon expanded to reprinting Fawcett's Dr. Death and Dr. Mystery, and Charlton's Dr. Graves (I see a pattern here), as well as stories from Brazillian publisher Continental / Outubro / Taika's CLASSICOS DE TERROR.

I'll admit right here, detailed information about many Brazillian comics has been hard to track down, so that at the moment, I'm not entirely sure which stories, if any, are new to SPEKTRO, and which are reprints (and where they may have originally appeared).  However, I believe this was new in 1978; the "Illustrated" stories & poems do not appear to be of an earlier vintage.

This issue has 2 short subjects, so I decided to lunmp them together on a single page.

We start with "THE SLEEPER", a relatively obscure poem.  The artist is Cesar Lobo.  As I'm setting this page up, I've discovered at least 3 OTHER comics versions of this, although all of them were done around 3 decades later!  (By the way, I figured out that the 2nd & 3rd images and accompanying text of the poem in SPEKTRO were printed in reverse order.  FIXED now!)

After that, we have "THE OVAL PORTRAIT". This was the 4th comics version of this story, following Editora Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #4 (1967), Gino Sansoni Editore's HORROR POCKET #7 (1973), and Warren's CREEPY #69 (Feb'75).  The art is by Elmano Silva ("Mano").

As with SPEKTRO #2, I'm going to present this with the original English text re-formatted to fit the art.  Enjoy!

SPEKTRO  8
cover by MAURICIO VENEZA   (Editora Vecchi  /  Brazil  /  November 1978)
Page 4  /  Editorial
Page 49  /  Poe biography
"A ADORMICIDA"   ("THE SLEEPER")  /  Version 1
Adaptation & Layouts by R.F. LUCCHETTI  /  Art by CESAR LOBO
Page 50-51
Page 52-53
Page 54-55
Page 56-67
"O RETRATO OVAL"  
     ("THE OVAL PORTRAIT")  /  Version 4
Art by ELMANO SILVA ("MANO")  /  Page 58
Page 59
Page 60
Back Cover  /  Art by H. FATON
Copyright (C) Editora Vecchi.
English version (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa

Scans of SPEKTRO #2 from the Gibi Classico site.
Original text of "The Dreamer" from the Poetry Foundation.org site.
Original text of "The Oval Portrait" from the xroads.virginia.edu site. 

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editora Vecchi at Wikipedia.
Read about Spektro at Wikipedia.
Read about Maruicio Veneza at Editora DCL.
Read about Mauricio Veneza at the Aeilij Paulista site.
See more work by Mauricio Veneza at his site.
Read about Cesar Lobo at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Cesar Lobo at Wikipedia.
Read about Elmano Silva ("Mano") at Wikipedia.
Read an interview with Elmano Silva ("Mano") at the Tinta Nankin site,
     Special thanks to Toni Rodrigues for the link!

Read about The Sleeper at Wikipedia.
Read The Sleeper at the Poetry Foundation site.
Read about The Oval Portrait at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story the xroads.virginia.edu site.

Read the Osvaldo Talo OVAL PORTRAIT adaptation!
Read the Giovanni Cianti OVAL PORTRAIT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben OVAL PORTAIT adaptation!
Read the Elmano Silva OVAL PORTRAIT illustrated story!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1979, Pt. 1)

Poe 1977, Pt.11

(Continued from Poe 1977, Pt.10)

NOW AGE BOOKS  64-2693  /  THE BEST OF POE
"THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE"

     (Conclusion)

The 4th and final story in the Pendulum Press book was the classic mystery...

     "THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE"

     This was the 10th version of the story, following...
Gilberton's CLASSIC COMICS #21 (Jul'44), 
Marvel's LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE #10 (Oct'49),
Milano Libri's LINUS #39 (Jun'68),
Gino Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #7 (Jul-Sep'68),  
Ibero Mundial's DOSSIER NEGRO #41 (Oct'72),  
Skywald's SCREAM #10 (Oct'74),
ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS (Jan'75),
Warren's CREEPY #70 (Apr'75),
and Maisal's TERROR CLASICO MAISAL #? (1977)
     ...the last a few months earlier.

At 31 pages, this clocks in as the second-longest adaptation of this story yet.
(Yes-- it's taking 3 whole blog pages.)

The artist for this one is E.R. Cruz.  Though never a favorite of mine, he must be the most ubiquitous of the 4 Phillipine artists represented in this volume.  In the 1970s, it seemed you couldn't read comics without tripping over his work.  Apart from several issues of DC's THE SHADOW, he also did a TON of stories for Warren.

NOW AGE BOOKS  64-2693
cover by ??   (Pendulum Press  /  1977)
"THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE"  /  Version 10
Adaptation by Naunerle Farr  /  Art by E.R. CRUZ
Page 53  /  "And now... the EPIC conclusion!"
Page 54
Page 55
Page 56
Page 57
Page 58
Page 59
Page 60
Page 61
One more time, the reprints...

THE BEST OF POE  PC33
cover by GERRY TALAOC   (Academic Industries, Inc.  /  1984)
THE BEST OF POE  SP-8840
cover by ??   (Saddleback Publishing, Inc.  /  2007)
Copyright (C) Pendulum Press  &  Saddleback Publishing.

Scan of 1977 THE BEST OF POE cover from the Open Library / Archive.org site.
Scan of 1984 THE BEST OF POE cover from the My Comics Shop site.
Scans of 2007 THE BEST OF POE covers from the Saddleback Publishing site.
Scans of the 2007 THE BEST OF POE interiors from the Slideshare site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Pendulum Press at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Fago at Wikipedia.
Read about E.R. Cruz at WikiPilipinas.
See more of E.R. Cruz's work at the Comic Art Fans site.
Visit the Saddleback Publishing website.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Paul Hecht at Wikipedia.

Read about THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.
Read the complete story at the Poe Museum site.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Hear the Paul Hecht CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Arnold L. Hicks RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Sam Gross RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Guido Crepax RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Cezar Lopez Vera RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Illustrated Classics RUE MORGUE adaptation!  (coming soon!)
Read the Jose Ortiz RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Ediciones Maisal RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the E.R. Cruz RUE MORGUE adaptation!

Read the Moises Cespedes RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Howard Priestley RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Mark A. Nelson RUE MORGUE sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Silvio Camboni RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Matt Brooker RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Reno Maniquis RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)


Read the Emerson Dimaya RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Ola Skogang RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Richard Corben RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Leandro Fernandez RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Saddleback Publishing's CLASSICS are currently in print--
     go to the SADDLBACK PUBLISHING site to BUY your own copies!!!

(Continued in Poe 1977, Pt.12