Friday, January 1, 2016

Poe 1961, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1961, Pt. 1)

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  12
"ESTOU VIVO!"  /  "I'M ALIVE!"
     (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 25 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!!

4th in line, another version of that popular favorite...

     "THE PREMATURE BURIAL".

This was the 3rd version of this, following Prize's BLACK MAGIC #28 (Jan'Feb'54), and EC's TERROR ILLUSTRATED #1 (Nov-Dec'55).  I initially ran across this in a 1973 reprint.  Eventually, I figured out it was really from 1960!

"ESTOU VIVO!", or "I'M ALIVE!", is a brief 4-pager that, astonishingly, has a climax that is almost IDENTICAL to a sequence in the 3rd Roger Corman POE film, "THE PREMATURE BURIAL".  And would you believe?  It's a sequence that, while vaguely similar, does NOT actually appear in the original POE story.

This suggests that either someone involved in the Corman film saw this comic from Brazil (unlikely), or, that the scene ALSO appeared in the early adaptation of the SAME story that appeared on the THRILLER tv series, with Boris Karloff-- and that the tv version may have inspired this comic!

At any rate, I've decided, like "The Killer That Walked Like A Man", "Buried Alive" and "Masquerade Party", to consider this story another version of a POE story, in this case, "The Premature Burial".

The story is the work of Gedeone Malagola.  He is mainly known as one of the most important comics writers of Brazil (alongside R.F. Lucchetti), who was responsible for creating many popular characters, while also occasionally doing art, tending to imitate the styles of several Amercian cartoonists when he did, including Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino & John Prentice.  He also worked as a policeman and did comics on the side (not unlike Peter Morisi here in the States).  Thanks to Toni Rodrigues for identifying his work!

This is his 3rd of 3 POE adaptations.

I originally set this up back in April, but decided to replace that page with this one due to the large number of stories from Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika that have turned up since!

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  12
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS
     (as "M. PENTEADO"  /  Editora Outubro  /  Brazil  /  1961)
"ESTOU VIVO!"   ("I'M ALIVE!")
     (inspired by "THE PREMATURE BURIAL"  /  Version 3)
Story & Art by GEDEONE MALAGOLA  /  Page 31
Page 32
Page 33
Page 34
As I said, this story isn't exactly based on Poe... but the final sequence 
is amazingly similar to the climax of the 1962 Roger Corman film with  
Ray Milland.  Witness...

Throughout the entire sequence, Guy Carrell (Ray Milland) is awake and fully aware of what is happening... but unable to speak or move.  Over and over he keeps thinking to himself, "I'm alive! I'M ALIVE!"
As a further bonus, here the 1919 illustration by Harry Clarke...  (Oddly enough, this piece seems to have been the inspiration for the movie poster for the 1969 film "THE OBLONG BOX"!)
Information and scans have been difficult to find with some of these Brazillian comics.  Here's the reprint...

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  15
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS  (as "M. PENTEADO")
     (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  1973)

Copyright (C) Gedeone Malagola  &  Editora Outubro / Taika.
English Translation & new color Copyright (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa. 
 

Scans of CLASSICOS DE TERROR #12 from the Bartolomeu777 blog.
Scans of THE PREMATURE BURIAL film from various websites.
Scan of 1973 CLASSICOS DE TERROR #15 reprint from the Mercado Livre site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa


For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika at Guia Dos Quadrinhos.

Read about Gedeone Malagola at Wikipedia.
Read about Gedeone Malagola at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Gedeone Malagola at the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site.
Read about Miguel Falcone Penteado at the M.Penteado blog.

Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE PREMATURE BURIAL at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Steve Ditko PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!

Read the George Evans PREMATURE BURIAL illustrated story!
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 Gedeone Malagola CASK OF AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Gedeone Malagola PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gedeone Malagola PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1961, Pt. 3)

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