Now we come to an odd one. I ran across this story in a Brazillian comic from 1981-- but, apparently, it had actually been created in 1967, for a publisher that went bankrupt just before it was published! But, for "historical" purposes, I'm "filing" it under 1967!!
"MORELLA" is not one of the better-known POE stories, despite it having been adapted by Roger Corman & Richard Matheson as the 1st story in their anthology film, "TALES OF TERROR".
I've read the story, and it becomes clear that certain elements of it made their way into the climax of the later Corman film, "THE TOMB OF LIGEIA".
One look at the comic you're about to read, however, told me this comic was NOT really an adaptation of the POE short story-- but was instead based directly on the version seen in "TALES OF TERROR"! Given this was done in 1967 rather than 1981, that makes a certain amount of sense. I thought it was odd that a comic-book should do an unauthorized adaptation of a movie from 21 YEARS earlier!
In any case, this is the 2nd comics version of the story, following Dell's Poe's TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63). 2 down, and neither one "authentic" to the original!
If anyone has any information about what publisher or magazine the story was originally intended for... please let me know! In the meantime... ENJOY!
cover by ?? (?? / Brazil / 1967 / unpublished)
"MORELLA" / Version 2
Adaptation & Art by EUGENIO COLONNESE
Beautiful art by Colonnese, in some ways better
than what George Evans did 4 years earlier.
Note, the house as seen in the film's version of "Morella"...
Compare this with the house seen in the SAME film's version of "Valdemar"...
...which was clearly the reference used by Colonnese...
I had more difficulty than usual doing the English translation for this. At one point, I considered looking at the film and taking dialogue from that verbatim, but I think things worked out. (The only words I specifically took from the film were "Father" and "Mother", as opposed to "Daddy" and "Mom", which is what the translator kicked out!)
One thing that became clear was, whoever wrote this version eliminated the sub-plot about Leonora having only a few months left to live, and replaced that for a reason behind her visit with her being somehow drawn to the house by the force of her not-completely-dead mother instead.
The movie version also ended showing Morella back in her original place, with the now-dead Locke on the floor with his daughter, Leonora... suggesting that the climax of the story MAY have all been in his mind, rather than a result of the supernatural, as clearly done in the Brazillian version of the comic. This deliberate vagueness was later reused in the film "THE TOMB OF LIGEIA", which tried to leave it up the audience to detemine whether what they saw was really the supernatural, or entirely in the main character's mind.
It's also notable that lightning destroyed the house in this version, rather than a knocked-over candle as in the movie. The old, decaying house destroyed by flames was featured in Corman's HOUSE OF USHER, TALES OF TERROR, THE RAVEN, THE HAUNTED PALACE and THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, though lightning (or perhaps, a fireball from space) was the cause in the original Poe story "USHER". Oddly enough, I just noticed the Dell version of THE TOMB OF LIGEIA also substitutes lightning for overturned candles!
This comics story finally turned up in the 1st issue of CALAFIO ("Chill") in 1981, which had both Rodolfo Zalla & Eugenio Colonnese as its editors! The magazine, which has had at least 57 issues over the years (plus 5 specials), would feature at least 4 POE adaptations, 2 of the others with art by Rudolfo Zalla. (I'll get to them eventually.)
cover by RODOLFO ZALLA (Editora D-Arte / Brazil / 1981)
6 years later, the story was reprinted in the 1st CALAFRIO ESPECIAL. The line reproduction is terrible, by comparison. (All the graytones got blanked out.) What IS it about so many reprints?
CALAFRIO ESPECIAL 1
cover by ?? (Editora D-Arte / Brazil / 1987)
Copyright (C) 1981 Editora D-Arte & Eugenio Colonnese
English Translation Copyright (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa
Scans of CALAFRIO #1 interiors from the HQPoint blog
supplied by Toni Rodrigues with special thanks!
Scan of CALAFRIO #1 cover from the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
Thanks to Toni Rodrigues for identifying the artist!
Scan of CALAFRIO ESPECIAL #1 cover from the QuadriBrasil blog.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Eugenio Colonnese at Wikipedia.
Read about Eugenio Colonnese at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about Eugenio Colonnese at the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site.
See more covers from Editora D-Arte at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
Read about MORELLA at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Classic Literature site.
Hear the Vincent Price recording!
Read the George Evans MORELLA adaptation!
Read the Eugenio Colonnese MORELLA adaptation!
Read the Flavio Colin MORELLA adaptation!
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 1)