Friday, January 8, 2016

Poe 1961, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1961, Pt. 2)
 

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  14
"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!

Back in April of this year, I ran across this story as a reprint in SPEKTRO #14 (Editora Vecchi / Feb'80).  However, I soon learned it was actually a reprint from 1961.  That got me wondering if there were any other POE stories in that particular series-- CLASSICOS DE TERROR.  These have been very hard to find, and tracking down the comics, or even information about them, has become a real obsession!

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

     "THE BLACK CAT".

This was the 4th 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), the last one some  
7 years earlier.

The artist here is Luiz Saidenberg.  His work was somewhat inspired
by Alex Raymond's!  I just love the fluid figure-work.

 This is his 1st of 2 POE adaptations.  The 2nd wouldn't be until 38 years later!

The scans for this are actually from a PDF file, which explains why they're a bit fuzzy (I wound up using "sharpen"), except for the splash page, which apparently was a scan of a STAT used for printing.  That page was MUCH sharper and had far more detail than the rest of the story... although it took me 6 HOURS to clean up-- too much work, considering there were 9 other pages to get through.

I originally set this up back in April 2015, 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  14
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Outubro  /  Brazil  /  1961)
"O GATO PRETO"
     ("THE BLACK CAT")  /  Version 4
Adaptation & Art by LUIZ SAIDENBERG  /  Page 3

Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
I suppose I'm not the only one who's noticed certain recurring themes in some of Poe's stories.  "The Black Cat" is a perfect example.  On the one hand, you have someone who loses someone he loves, only to replace them with a very similar object of affection... only to find at the end of the story it is somehow, inexplicably, the SAME (see "Ligeia").  Then you have someone who commits a murder, and winds up walling them up in the basement ("The Cask Of Amontillado").  There's also someone who commits a murder, only to have the police discover it while they're trying to dissolve their fears ("The Tell-Tale Heart").  And finally, you have someone who has committed a murder, but then succumbs to a self-destructive urge to shout his victory to the world ("The Imp Of The Perverse").

Sometimes you need a scorecard to keep things like this straight... especially if you're dealing with other people's adaptations of said stories (see Roger Corman's "TALES OF TERROR").

By the way, while I tried to be as faithful as I could to the Portuguese text when I did my English translation (barring the odd word or phrase which I may have changed to make it sound more "natural" in America), the final paragraph of narration I replaced completely with the original text taken straight from Poe's short story.  It just "felt" more "right" to me!
 

According to the Historias Comentades site, this one particular reprint issue contained 3 POE stories.  I recently ran across the cover, with "Coracao Denunciador" posted on it, and soon realized that this must be that issue-- and that "O Gato Preto" must be one of the other 2. 

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  6
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  July 1973)

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  20
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  1973)
     (no cover image found yet)


Jayme Cortez' cover, it turns out, has been reprinted at least TWICE.  However, at least once, it accompanied a DIFFERENT version of the story (by Juarez Odilon rather than Luiz Saidenberg).  I'm presenting them here for easy comparison.

PAGINAS SINISTRAS  3
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Outubro  /  Brazil  /  1966)

ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR  17
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  1974)

Here's where I originally found the story...
 
SPEKTRO  14
cover by JULIO SHIMAMOTO   (Editora Vecchi  /  Brazil  /  1980)

THIS is where most of the scans came from!

MEMO  3
cover by LUIZ SAIDENBERG   (Toni Rodrigues  /  September 2013)

Shortly after I set up the original page for this story, I got in touch with Toni Rodrigues.  His enthusiasm and help since then has just blown me away.  In addition to everything else, he also informed me that Luiz Saidenberg was STILL AROUND, and suggested I could contact him on Facebook.  I did!!  Here's what he had to say... 

"Thanks very much, Henry. Yes, I appreciate very much your version of that old comic...I never could imagine to see this, in colours. Here, a more recent page about samurais.Best regards.

Yes, 54 years ago! This seems also fantastic for me. Now, I´ve more of seventy years old, but yet very active and full of energy, making draws, painting, sculpture e writing articles .

I liked very much your use of color in " Black Cat", giving a new dimension to the story. I´m waiting for a international project to do comics , what would be very interesting to me. Let´s see what happens! Bye."

Getting in touch with him, and his response, has been one of the highest points of this entire project!  I've found so many artists whose work I've come to love, but most of them have already passed away, some many years before I discovered their work.

As a bonus, here's that sample page Luiz Saidenberg sent me...

Luiz Saidenberg
Copyright (C) Luiz SaidenbergEditora Outubro  
     &  the various publishers.
English Translation & new color Copyright (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scans of CLASSICOS DE TERROR #14 from Memo Magazine.com
     with special thanks to Toni Rodrigues!
     & from the Historias Comentades site
     with special thanks to Ivan Saidenberg!
 

Scan of PAGINAS SINISTRAS #3 (1966) from the Mercado Livre site.
Scan of CLASSICOS DE TERROR #6 (1973) from the Mercado Livre site.
Scan of ALMANAQUE CLASSICOS DE TERROR #17 (1974)
     from the Banca Dos Gibis Brazucas site.
Scan of SPEKTRO #14 from the Gibi Classicos 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 Luiz Saidenberg and "O Gato Preto
     at the Historias Comentades 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 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 1962, Pt. 1)

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!!

5th 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
And now, the same story, in ENGLISH and COLOR !!  /  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.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature 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)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Poe 1960, Pt. 8

(Continued from Poe 1960, Pt. 7)

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  9
"O POCO E O PENDULO"

     (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 PIT AND THE PENDULUM".

This is the 6th comics version of this story, following Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #3 (Nov'44), Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47),  Marvel's SPELLBOUND #2 (Apr'52),  Youthful's BEWARE #10 (Jun'52), Ziff-Davis's NIGHTMARE #2 (Fall'52), the last one 8 years earlier.  There would be MANY more to come!

I ran across this during my search, reprinted in 2 different comics-- CLASSICOS DE TERROR #5 (Editora Taika / Jun'73) and ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #12 (Editora Taika / 1974).  In one, the line reproduction was HORRIBLE.  In the other-- it was WORSE!!  This is a common problem among reprints, when a company does work that's very slipshod, and can't be bothered to use the original art, stats or negatives, and winds up generating copies of copies of copies, like a photocopy machine that hasn't been tuned up in months on end.  As an example, Marvel Comics' reprints had been AWFUL for decades.  It was no wonder the original books were so pricey on the back-issue market, even before "investors" got involved and ruined the hobby.

I was planning to use the one that was "only" horrible... when Toni Rodrigues e-mailed HI-RES scans of the original 1960 printing.  WHOA!!!  The difference was STAGGERING.  And everyone who reads this blog is going to benefit from it!

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).

This is his 2nd of 3 POE adaptations.

CLASSICOS DE TERROR  9
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1960)
"O POCO E O PENDULO"
     ("THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM")  /  Version 6
Adaptation & Art by GEDEONE MALAGOLA  /  Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Gedeone Malagola
As for the reprints...

I can't figure this total lack of style in this issue's logo...

ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR  1
cover by NICO ROSSO   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  December 1966)
CLASSICOS DE TERROR  5
cover by JOSE EVALDO   (Editora Taika  /  Brazil  /  June 1973)
Copyright (C) Gedeone Malagola  &  Editora Continental.
English Translation & new color Copyright (C) 2015 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scans of CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 supplied by Toni Rodrigues
     with special thanks!
Scan of ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR # 1 (1966)
     and CLASSICOS DE TERROR #5 (1973)
     from the QuadriBrasil site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about The Spanish Inquisition 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 Gedeone Malagola at the Jundi Aqui site.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Wikipedia.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Bigorna.net.

Visit the Jayme Cortez blog!

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 SUSPENSE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Henry Hull at Wikipedia.
Read about Jose Ferrer at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Raymond Burr at Wikipedia.
Read about the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Tony Roberts at Wikipedia.

Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
Read the complete story at the About.com Classic Literature site.

Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Henry Hull SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Jose Ferrer SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Vincent Price SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Raymond Burr SUSPENSE episode!
Hear the Tony Roberts CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Gus Schrotter PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the August M. Froehlich PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Russ Heath PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!  (coming soon!)
Read the Doug Wildey PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Everett Raymond Kinstler PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the Gedeone Malagola PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Ruben Lara R. PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
          (coming soon!)
     See the Pablo Marcos PIT & THE PENDULUM tribute!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Jose Ortiz PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the De La Rosa PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Rudy Mesina PIT AND THE PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gerry Talaoc PIT AND THE PENDULUM 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. 1)