Friday, January 8, 2016

Poe 1962, Pt. 4

(Continued from Poe 1962, Pt. 3)


     (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!!

6th up, a story that proved elusive for quite some time...


This was the 1st comics version of this story.  It wouldn't be the last!

I ran across this during my search, listed on the cover of SPEKTRO #3 (Editora Vecchi / Oct'77). While many issues of that series have been posted online in their entirety, this one... hasn't.  Via a blog (found during another online search), I discovered the artist was Flavio Barbosa Mavignier Colin, whose career spanned several decades and multiple art styles.  And, 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.

But WHICH one?  I don't know for sure.  Through a process of elimination, it seems most likely it was CDT #8, as fellow fan Toni Rodrigues has told me he has every issue from #1-20, except #8.  Further, when I initially set this page up, I only had 2 pages (from a blog).  But I figured, what the heck.  I'll put 'em up ANYWAY.  A 3rd later turned up (from a selling site).  Despite only having these 3 pages, I did the English translation.

Then, on May 7, 2017-- just about 2 YEARS after I first became aware of it-- I happened to check out the GDQ database site page for this series, and, to my astonishment, someone had posted the cover for issue #24!  Up until that moment, I could only be sure there had been 22 issues.  And, there is was-- under a glorious Jayme Cortez cover.

The GDQ lists the people who upload covers, and I got in touch with Marcelo Ferreira Antunes, asking if there was any chance of his supplying me with scans.  Again-- to my amazement, 2 days later, he sent them by e-mail.  WOW!!!  Toni Rodrigues has told me that when Vecchi reprinted the story in SPEKTRO, they had somehow totally re-formatted it.  HE WASN'T KIDDING!!!  Naturally, after wanting to get my hands on this for so long, whatever else I was in the middle of got put on hold, so I could tackle this one NEXT.

I've really gotten to love Flavio Colin's simple, graphic, "cartoony" style.  Which makes his earlier, more "realistic" style here all the more of a surprise.  He may be the ONLY cartoonist in Brazil I've run across whose work was clearly inspired by Frank Robbins!

This would be his 1st of 4 POE adaptations.

cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Outubro  /  Brazil  /  1962)
     ("THE TEETH OF BERENICE")  /  Version 1
Adaptation & Artwork by FLAVIO BARBOSA MAVIGNIER COLIN  /  Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Many film adaptations tend to play "mix-and-match", taking elements from more than one story.  The Poe films have done this frequently, especially those from Roger Corman.  For example, it wasn't until I read Flavio Colin's version of "Berenice" that I suddenly realized that the scene in Corman's "HOUSE OF USHER" where Roderick sees Madelaine move while lying in the coffin-- but doesn't say anything-- a scene not in that story, actually came from the earlier story "Berenice".
Meanwhile, I had seen Corman's "THE TOMB OF LIGEIA" more than a dozen times before I suddenly realized one of the key scenes-- where Verden realizes that HE cut the date of his wife's death from her gravestone without knowing it-- ALSO came from "Berenice"!  Again, it was reading Colin's version that opened my eyes to this.
However, on finally picking up on this, I noticed something EXTRAORDINARY.  There were SEVERAL things in Colin's "Berenice" that were NOT from the original short story, unique to his adaptation-- that ALL turned up VERBATIM in Corman's "LIGEIA"!!

The 1st panel in Colin's story shows a manor house with a square tower, right next to a cemetery.
A shot of Egaeus and Berenice on horseback becomes a near-identical shot of Rowena & Christopher in a foxhunt!
Egaeus and Berenice visiting his mother's grave becomes  
Rowena & Christopher in front of Ligeia's grave!
Egaeus spends a lot of time on top of his tower... and it turns out, the abbey's tower is where Verden has been unknowingly spending his nights.
Finally, a classic shot of someone carrying a woman... but it is notable that this does not appear in Poe's short story, and this is the ONLY Corman Poe film such a shot does appear in!
Considering Colin's "Berenice" was done 2 years BEFORE Corman's "THE TOMB OF LIEGEIA", doesn't it seem quite possible someone working on the film in England had seen this then-2-year-old comic from Brazil?  If NOT... the above is a HELL of a coincidence.

Strangely, the story was drastically re-formatted when it was reprinted in 1977.  I can't help but note this cover painting, in part, pays tribute to the movie poster for the 1972 Amicus film, "TALES FROM THE CRYPT".

cover by CARLOS CLORGA   (Editora Vecchi  /  Brazil  /  October 1977)

"BERENICE"  /  Version 1   (Re-Formatted Reprint  /  excerpt)
Page 1

Page 56
Page 57
As a bonus, here's some examples of Flavio Colin's later work...
cover by FLAVIO COLIN   (OTA  /  1994)

Flavio Colin at work.
Flavio Colin at home.
Copyright (C) Flavio Colin,  Editora Outubro 
     &  the various artists & publishers.
New Color & English Translation Copyright (C) 2015-2017 Henry R. Kujawa


     supplied by Marcelo Ferreira Antunes
     with special thanks!

Scan of SPEKTRO #3 cover from the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
Scan of SPEKTRO #3 page 1 from the Mercado Livre site.
Scans of SPEKTRO #3 interiors from the Enquantoisso-Patati blog.
Scan of SPEKTRO #3 back cover from the Canibuk site.
Scan of "A Longa Noite Dos Gatos" from the Gibisaurus blog.
Scan of HOTEL DO TERROR from the Banca Dos Gibis Brazucas blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe
at The Poe Museum site.

Read about Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika at Guia Dos Quadrinhos.
Visit the Jayme Cortez blog!
Read about Flavio Colin at the UniversoHQ site.
Read about Flavio Colin at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Visit the Flavio Colin Facebook page!

Visit the Lopez Espi website!
Visit the Lopez Espi Facebook page!
See more Lopez Espi art at the Comic Art Fans 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 Berenice at the Old Style Tales site.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

See the BERENICE Gallery of Illustrations.

Hear the Vincent Price recording!

Read the Flavio Colin BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jerry Grandenetti BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Edegar & Ignacio Justo BERENICE adaptation!

Read the Carlos Moro BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Agustin Carrasco BERENICE adaptation! (coming soon!)

Read the Ricardo Villamonte BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones BERENICE adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Vicente Cebello Peinado BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Eric Stanway BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jorge Hardmeier BERENICE adaptation!

Read the Richard Corben BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jose Aviles BERENICE adaptation!  (AT HIS BLOG!)
Read the Omar Hirsig BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Alineromero9 BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jose Pimentel Neto BERENICE adaptation!

Read the Nelson Evergreen BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Jack Bertram BERENICE adaptation!
Read the 2nd Richard Corben BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Benjamin Lacombe BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Luca Frasca BERENICE adaptation!

Read the Flavio Colin BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Flavio Colin MORELLA adaptation!
Read the Flavio Colin MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Flavio Colin METZENGERSTEIN adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1962, Pt. 5)


  1. Dear friend Henry,
    Another amazing post from his blog, this time with another Poe classic: "The teeth of Berenice", with illustrations by the great Brazilian artist: Flávio Colin.
    And once again its translation and spectacular colorization, valuing too much the work of artist, was excellent.
    I feel very grateful to see him valuing and disseminating in the great network the work of this and other Brazilian artists.
    Congratulations on your wonderful work.
    I have already kept this work of yours, along with the others, in my digital collection.

    Big hug


  2. Flávio Colin cited Milton Caniff as his main influence.