Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Poe 1969, Pt. 6

(Continued from Poe 1969, Pt. 5)

I CLASSICI A FUMETTI  17
"IL GATTO NERO"

     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)

Gino Sansoni Editore was a publisher in Italy active in the 1960s & 70s.

Like Société Parisienne d'Édition's MONDIAL AVENTURES in France, Sansoni's I CLASSICI A FUMETTI was an attempt to emulate the success and subject matter of Gilberton's wildly-successful CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED.  The series was done in a tiny digest format, in B&W, with 2-3 panels per page.  It appears to have run at least 28 issues from 1967-70, and included a number of adapations not done in Gilberton's entire run.  Many of the stories focused on beautiful, sexy women, something reflected in most of their covers.

Among them were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

Second in line...

     "THE BLACK CAT"

     This was the 8th version of the 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), 
Outubro's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #14 (1961),  
Dell's Movie Classic TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63),  
Taika's ALBUM CLASSICOS DE TERROR #8 (1968)
Novaro's VIDAS ILUSTRES #195 (Oct'68),
     ...the latter only 11 months earlier!

The art was by Gino Dauro, who did a lot of work in both France and ItalyDaro's simple, straightforward style that focused entirely on storytelling might make him Italy's answer to Dick Ayers.  (I know that's a stretch, but I enjoy doing such things.)

This was his 2nd of 4 Poe adaptations.

This version of this popular story appears to have been somewhat inspired by the Richard Matheson-Roger Corman film.  The drunkard bears a recognizable likeness to Peter Lorre, and he's generally nasty to his wife and his neighbors.  However, apart from that, it sticks to Poe's story MUCH more than the film did.  Much of the text I used was straight out of the translator program, although in a few cases I had to figure out what some words meant, and here and there I managed to include some authentic Poe.  This includes the FINAL line of the story, which I added entirely on my own.  The includion of the line is in keeping with the tradition of the Corman POE films.

I CLASSICI A FUMETTI  17
cover by SERGIO ZANIBONI    
     (Gino Sansoni Editore  /  Italy  /  September 1969)
"IL GATTO NERO"
     ("THE BLACK CAT")  /  Version 8
Adaptation by Michelle Gazzarri  /  Art by GINO DAURO  /  Page 1

Pages 2-3
Pages 4-5
Pages 6-7
Pages 8-9
Pages 10-11
Pages 12-13
Pages 14-15
Pages 16-17
Pages 18-19
Pages 20-21
Pages 22-23
Pages 24-25
Pages 26-27
Pages 28-29
Pages 30-31
When this story was reprinted, only 5 months later, the panels were cut up and re-formatted to fit a regular-size magazine.

HORROR  3
cover by MARCO ROSTAGNO   (Gino Sansoni Editore  /  Italy  /  February 1970)
HORROR POCKET  11:  IL SUPERMARKET DELL' ALDILA'
cover by ??   (Gino Sansoni Editore  /  Italy  /  1974)
Copyright (C) Gino Dauro,  Sergio Zaniboni  &  Gino Sansoni Editore.
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2016 Henry R. Kujawa.

Scans of I CLASSICI A FUMETTI #17

     from MY collection!
Scan of HORROR #? from the Fumetto Online site.


Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa.

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

Read about Gino Sansoni at the Magliarossonera.it site.
See I CLASSICI A FUMETTI covers at the Comic Vine site.

Read about Gino Dauro at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
 

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

See the BLACK CAT Gallery of Illustrations.

     Audio:
Hear the Peter Lorre MYSTERY IN THE AIR episode!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the Norman Rose CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!


     Comics:
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!

Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Arturo Arnau BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Claudio Seto BLACK CAT adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Berni Wrightson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte BLACK CAT adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Editorial Maisal BLACK CAT illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Cassilas BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the Alberto Breccia BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Josef Hutchinson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the John Watkiss BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Horacio Lalia BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the David Mangiarotti BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the Gris Grimly BLACK CAT illustrated story!
Read the Richard Sala BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Luis Scafati BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gerry Analguilan BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the James Fletcher BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the S.M. Vidaurri BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Xavier Besse BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the "Alineromero9" BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Fabian Goranson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the David G. Fores BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the La Storietaen BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Edu Molina BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the H.A. Kinani BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Nino Cammarata BLACK CAT adaptation!


     Misc:
Read the Gino Dauro RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!


See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1969, Pt. 7

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Poe 1968, Pt. 27

(Continued from Poe 1968, Pt. 26)

LINUS  45
"RE PESTE"
     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation)

Milano Libri Edizione was a publisher in Italy active in the 1960s & 70sLINUS was possibly the 1st all-comics magazine published in Italy, and contained, among its features, PEANUTS, BARNEY GOOGLE, LI'L ABNER, POGO, B.C., THE WIZARD OF ID, POPEYE, as well as numerous features original to Italy.

Among them were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

2nd in line...

"KING PEST".

The art is by Dino Battaglia (1 August 1923 – 4 October 1983), an Italian comic artist, noted for a distinctive and expressive style, best known for his visual adaptations of classic novels.

Between 1968 and 1981, Battaglia did a series of 10 Poe adaptations,
8 of which appeared in LINUS,
the remaining 2 in the large-format CORRIERE DEI PICCOLI.

Until 2006, Battaglia held the record for having done the most Poe adaptations by a single comics artist.  2nd place was tied at 9 apiece by Gahan Wilson (in 1990), Bill D. Fountain (in 1995) and Horacio Lalia (between 1998 and 1999).

Fellow fan Ron Harris was the one who first steered me to Battaglia's work, and I believe he also sent me the complete scans of the 1999 reprint book, which contained the 8 LINUS stories.  (I had to BUY the other 2 magazines myself, to be able to do hi-res scans of the original 2-color printing.) 

This story proved far more challenging than I expected, both for the coloring and translation.  Halfway through, I decided my only option was to once more consult the ORIGINAL Poe text.  After doing a rough translation, I could find which passages in the short story correlated to what was kicked out of the translator, replace the translated text with the original, and then, SEVERELY edit it down to fit the available space.

In addition, about halfway through this, it hit me that Battaglia's figure-work in this one reminded me VERY much of Chuck Jones' work in the Warner Brothers LOONEY TUNES cartoons!!

This was his 1st of 10 Poe adaptations.

ENJOY!

LINUS  45
cover by CHARLES SCHULZ   (Milano Libri Edizioni  /  Italy  /  December 1968)

"RE PESTE"
     ("KING PEST")  /  Version 1
Adaptation & Artwork by DINO BATTAGLIA  /  Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
I guess it really isn't over until the fat lady screams...  (ZING!)

Here's the reprints-- NONE of them in English...

TOTENTANZ
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Milano Libri Edizioni  /  Italy  /  November 1972)
CORTO MALTESE  5
cover by MILO MANARA   (Milano Libri Edizioni  /  Italy  /  May 1985)
This one had all 8 B&W stories.

HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Vertige Graphic  /  France  /  October 1993)
This one had all 8 B&W stories, and was the source of the scans I used!

EDGAR ALLAN POE:  DINO BATTAGLIA
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (L'Editore Lo Scarbeo  /  Italy  /  February 28, 1999)
CONTES ET RECITS FANTASTIQUES  Tome 3:
     HISTOIRES D'EDGAR A. POE 
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Editions Mosquito  /  Italy  /  March 2005)
POE
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Grifo Edizioni  /  Italy  /  August 2007)
EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (NPE  /  Italy  /  2016)

I GRANDI MAESTRI  19
BATTAGLIA - OMAGGIO A LOVECRAFT / EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA   (Editoriale Cosmo  /  Italy  /  February 22, 2018)

Dino Battaglia.
Copyright (C) DINO BATTAGLIA 
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2017 Henry R. Kujawa

Scan of LINUS #45 cover from the Fumetto Online site.

Scans from DINO BATTAGLIA: POE (1999)
     supplied by Ron Harris with special thanks!

Scan of TOTENTANZ (1972) from the Libri Per Duti site.
Scan of CORTO MALTESE #5 (1985) from Ebay.
Scan of HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES (1993)
     from the Price Minister site.
Scan of BATTAGLIA CONTES ET RECITS FANTASTIQUES TOME 3:
     EDGAR ALLAN POE HISTOIRES (2005) from the EM site.
Scan of DINO BATTAGLIA: POE (2007) from the Horror Blogosfere site.
Scan of EDGAR ALLAN POE: DINO BATTAGLIA (2016)
     from the Edizioni NPE site.
Scan of I GRANDI MAESTRI #19 (2018)
     from the Editoriale Cosmo site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

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

Read about Dino Battaglia at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site. 
See more of Dino Battaglia's work at the Comic Art Fans site.
 

Read about KING PEST at the Grotesque Ground site.
Read a review of KING PEST at the JSTOR site.
Read the complete story at The Literature Network site.

     Comics:
Read the Dino Battaglia KING PEST adaptation!

     (Coming soon:)
Read the Luiz Saidenberg KING PEST adaptation!

Read the Anton Emdin KING PEST adaptation!
Read the Eric Stanway KING PEST adaptation!

     Misc:
Read the Dino Battaglia KING PEST adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia LIGEIA adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia PURLOINED LETTER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HOP-FROG adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia NEVER BET THE DEVIL adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia RED DEATH adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia TARR & FETHER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HANS PFALL adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 28)