Thursday, July 28, 2016

Poe 1968, Pt. 13

(Continued from Poe 1968, Pt. 12)
 

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  8
"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!!

22nd 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), 
St. John's NIGHTMARE #12 (Apr'54), 
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #14 (1961), and  
Dell's TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63), 
     .....the last one some 5 years earlier.

I wasn't really sure where this story originally appeared, and it wasn't until August 2016 that someone posted the cover of this book at the Guia Dos Quadrinhos database site.  It's obvious this is part of the ALBUM CDT series, yet they somehow left the word "ALBUM" off the cover.  Both the cover and the story information were supplied by Nikki Nixon, a contributor to the GDQ, who has my thanks!

The scans I found were from ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR #2 in 1974, which reused the Jayme Cortez cover from the earlier Luiz Saidenberg version of the story.  Go figure.  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, as Toni Rodrigues had suggested about the Ignacio Justo version of "VALDEMAR", this may also have appeared in a digest (most likely PAGINAS SINISTRAS) before begin RE-formatted here.  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.  But until I have more evidence of that, it makes more sense to set it up here. 

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.

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

This was his 1st of 2 POE stories. 

ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR  8
cover by PRIMAGGIO MANTOVI   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  1968)
"O GATO PRETO"
     ("THE BLACK CAT")  /  Version 6
Adaptation by R.F. Lucchetti  /  Art by JUAREZ ODILON  /  Page 1

Page 2
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Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Confusingly, the reprint was matched up with the cover from the earlier version.

ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR  2
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  April 1974)

Juarez Odilon.
Copyright (C) Juarez Odilon  &  Editora Outubro.
English Translation & new color Copyright (C) 2016 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scan of ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #8 cover 

     from the Guia Dos Quadrinhos site
     with special thanks to Nikki Nixon!
Scans of ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR #17 (1974)
     from the Quadri Brazil 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 Editorial Novaro 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!


     Misc.:
Read the Juarez Odilon BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Juarez Odilon HELENA adaptation!


See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 14)

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