CLASSICOS DE TERROR 9
"A MASCARA DA MORTE RUBRA"
(IN COLOR w/ English Translation)
Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika were 3 names used by the same small publisher in Brazil. The work of artists Jayme Cortez & Miguel Penteado, they produced some wonderful comics, many of them in the horror genre, each doing many gorgeous, stunning cover paintings!
I have discovered, between my own researches and the IMMENSE help of artist and fellow fan Toni Rodrigues, that Continental / Outubro / Taika during their run produced at least 26 POE adaptations-- MORE than Skywald or Warren !! It's my intention to compile, clean up, TRANSLATE and COLOR every one of these for my POE blog project!!
2nd in line, another version of that popular favorite...
"THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH".
This is the 3rd comics version of this story, following...
Marvel's ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS #4 (Spring'52), and
Charlton's THE THING #2 (Apr'52),
...the latter some 8 years earlier. There would be MANY more to come!
I ran across this during my search, listed on the cover of SPEKTRO #6 (Editora Vecchi / Jul'78). Many issues of that series have been posted online in their entirety, but not this one. Via a blog (found during another online search),
I discovered the artist was Manoel Ferreira. I don't know much about him, as he has proven strangely difficult to find any information on. From the GDQ site,
I learned he was very active between 1950-1960, and was a "civil servant" who did comics on the side! Anyway, as I suspected (following my investigations into Luiz Saidenberg's "O Gato Preto"), the SPEKTRO appearance was a reprint! The story had actually debuted in the early 1960s, in an issue of CLASSICOS DE TERROR.
I didn't know which one until Toni Rodrigues e-mailed me HI-RES scans! I had already processed, translated & colored the 2 pages from SPEKTRO #6 I found on that blog, but now I have the whole thing. I also discovered that SPEKTRO was apparently in the habit of re-formatting the panels to fit smaller pages, and ONE of the panels I colored was NOT actually from the original comic! I'll be including those as a bonus.
The original POE story is a mere 3 pages, so most of the comics adaptations tend to be on the short side as well. At 5 pages, this ties with at least 2 others (so far) among the shortest.
I really like Ferreira's style here. It reminds me a lot of Tom Sutton's work... who also did this story, but around 6 YEARS later! As it happens, the Sutton version was the 1st story in this project I was inspired to add COLOR to.
For this version, I decided to use the exact SAME color scheme!
This would be Ferreira's only POE adaptation.
CLASSICOS DE TERROR 9
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS (Editora Continental / Brazil / 1960)
"A MASCARA DA MORTE RUBRA"
("THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH") / Version 3
Adaptation & Art by MANOEL FERREIRA / Page 3
ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR 11
cover by NICO ROSSO (Editora Taika / Brazil / February 1974)
Now this is maddening. Jayme Cortez' stunning cover is reprinted here with the colors totally distorted. But that's not the worst of it. Although this book contains 100 pages and 14 reprinted stories, NONE of them are by Poe, despite what it says right there on the cover. This really shows how chaotic Taika had become by this point.
ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR 5-A
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS (Editora Taika / Brazil / 1976)
cover by OFELIANO DE ALMEIDA (Editora Vecchi / Brazil / July 1978)
Here's the reformatted pages I found...
Page 12 / The level of visual detail lost in the reprint is almost shocking, though nothing I haven't seen before with this sort of thing. In addition, oddly enough, the text has been altered extensively, and I see a figure has been added to the 1st panel, presumably by someone other than Ferreira.
Page 13 (Note the last figure on the right in panel 5-- and the entire panel 6-- were ADDED for the reprint!)
Back cover by ROBERTO SIMOES
As a bonus, here's another piece of Manoel Ferreira art I found online...
Manoel Ferreira self-portrait!
Copyright (C) Manoel Francisco Ferreira, Editora Continental,
& the various artists and publishers.
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa
Scans of CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 supplied by Toni Rodrigues
with special thanks!
Scan of ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #11 (1974)
from the Mania De Colecionar site.
Scan of ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR 5-A (1976)
from the Mercado Livre site.
Scan of SPEKTRO #6 cover from the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
Scans of SPEKTRO #6 interiors from the Enquantoisso-Patati blog.
Scan of SPEKTRO #6 back cover from the Canibuk site.
Scan of misc. Manoel Ferriera art from the Casa De Gravura site.
Scan of Manoel Ferreira self-portrait from the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika at Guia Dos Quadrinhos.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Wikipedia.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Bigorna.net.
Visit the Jayme Cortez blog!
Read about Ofeliano De Almeida at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Ofeliano De Almeida at the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site.
See more Ofeliano De Almeida art at the MadTrash site.
See more covers from Editora Outubro at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
See more covers from Editora Taika at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
See more covers from Editora Vecchi at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!
Read the Bill Everett RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Bob Forgione RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Manoel Ferreira RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Steve Ditko RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Tom Sutton RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Don Heck RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia RED DEATH adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Ricardo Villamonte RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Richard Corben RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Wayne Howard RED DEATH adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Francisco Agras RED DEATH adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Flavio Colin RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Auraleon RED DEATH adaptation! (coming soon!)
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1960, Pt. 7)