Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Poe 1966, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1966, Pt. 1)
 

PAGINAS SINISTRAS  3
"O GATO PRETO"

     (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!!

7th in line, another version of that popular favorite...

     "THE BLACK CAT".

This was the 6th comics version of this story, following Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #1 (Sep'44), EC's THE HAUNT OF FEAR #15 [1] (May-Jun'50), and St. John's NIGHTMARE #12 (Apr'54), Editora Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #14 (1961), and Dell's TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63), the last one some 3 years earlier.

The artist here is Juarez Odilon.  He did a lot of work, both stories and cover paintings, for Continental / Outubro in the early 60s.

According to the Guia Dos Quadrinhos database site, PAGINAS SINISTRAS was the last new series to come from Outubro, in 1960.  As of this writing, I've only seen covers for 2 issues.  I was surprised that Jayme Cortez' cover from CLASSICOS DE TERROR #14 was resued here, but seeing a really bad, tiny image of that is what suggested to me that this particular story appeared here, as Continental / Outubro did not seem to be doing many reprints, the way Taika did later on.

The scans I found were from ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR #2 in 1974, which also reused the same Cortez cover.  I'm afraid they were bad scans of a bad reprint, and I wasn't too thrilled with the art to begin with.  But I think I've made it acceptable here.  

Oddly enough, the splash page had "Album Classicos De Terror" (no number) written on it, which indicated to me a strong likelihood that this was one of the many POE stories that appeared in that late-60s series.  Further, because some of the panels appear to have had the artwork re-worked, I have a strong suspicion that PAGINAS SINISTRAS may have been a digest.  I've seen at least 2 other instances where a story was created for a digest, and then reprinted in a regular-sized comic not long after, with all the panels cut up, re-arranged and the art altered to fit the different format.

Once again, I feel like Hercule Poirot, trying to piece together things from bits of information that slowly keep surfacing.

When I began doing the translation for this, I noticed that much of the narration and dialogue was IDENTICAL to the 1961 version by Luiz Saidenberg, which suggest that writer R.F. Lucchetti either did both, or was referencing the earlier comic when he did this one.

PAGINAS SINISTRAS  3
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Outubro  /  Brazil  /  1966)
"O GATO PRETO"
     ("THE BLACK CAT")  /  Version 6
Adaptation by R.F. Lucchetti  /  Art by JUAREZ ODILON  /  Page 1

Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR  2
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  April 1974)
CLASSICOS DE TERROR  20
cover by JOSE EVOLDO   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  1977)
Juarez Odilon.
Copyright (C) Juarez Odilon  &  Editora Outubro.
English Translation & new color Copyright (C) 2016 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scan of PAGINAS SINISTRAS #3 (1966) from the Mercado Livre site.
Scans of ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR #17 (1974)
     from the Quadri Brazil site.

Scan of CLASSICOS DE TERROR #20 (1977) from the Mercado Livre site.
Juarez Odilon photo from the Quia Dos Quadrinhos 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 Jayme Cortez Martins at Wikipedia.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Bigorna.net.

Visit the Jayme Cortez blog!
Read about Juarez Odilon at the Guia Dos Quadrinhos 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.


Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Norman Rose at Wikipedia.

Read about THE BLACK CAT at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the Norman Rose CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Bill Allison BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the St. John Publishing BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Luiz Saidenberg BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the Fran Matera BLACK CAT adaptation!
 
Read the Juarez Odilon BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Berni Wrightson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte BLACK CAT adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!


(Continued in Poe 1967, Pt. 1)

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