Saturday, June 10, 2017

Poe 1968, Pt. 23

(Continued from Poe 1968, Pt. 22)

     (IN COLOR  w/ English Translation  /  Part 2)

Editorial Temporae / Revistas Populares was a publisher in Mexico active in the 1960s & 70s.

EL MONJE LOCO ("The Mad Monk") could be described as Mexico's version of EC's horror hosts-- except, he predated them by quite a few years.  Created by Luis de Llano Palmer (1912-2012), the character debuted on a radio show in 1937.  Like EC's later "Vault Keeper", he wore a robe with a hood over his head, and introduced and/or narrated countless horror tales.  His famous catch-phrase was, "Nadie sabe, nadie supo" ("No one knows, no one knew"), immortalized by the cavernous voice of Salvador Carrasco.

In late 1967, Novaro, under the imprint Editorial Temporae, began a series that eventually ran 169 weekly issues!!!

Among all these stories were a number of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

First up...


     This was the 7th 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),  and
Continental's CLASSICOS DE TERROR #9 (1960)
     ...the last one 8 years earlier!

As far as I know, none of these have ever been translated into English.  

UNTIL NOW.  Enjoy!

     (Editorial Temporae / Revistas Populares / Novaro  /  Mexico  /  
          September 4, 1968)
     ("THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM")  /  Version 7
Adaptation by Salvador Carrasco  /  Art by RUBEN LARA ROMERO  /  
Page 10  /  "Our story continues..."
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18
Page 19
Don't go away!  We'll be right back with the conclusion...

Copyright (C) 1968 Editorial Temporae / Revistas Populares.
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2017 HENRY R. KUJAWA.

Scans of EL MONJE LOCO #40 from the Monje Loco 6771 blog,

     with special thanks to Carlos Lima.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

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

Read about El Monje Loco at the Bitacora blog.
Read about El Monje Loco at the Tebeosfera site.

Read about Ruben Lara Romero at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site
Read an interview with Ruben Lara Romero at the Artes9 site.

Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Spark Notes site.
Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Cliff Notes site.
Read about THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM at the Shmoop site.

Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
See the PENDULUM Gallery of Illustrations.

Hear the Basil Rathbone PIT AND THE PENDULUM recording!
See the Vincent Price PIT AND THE PENDULUM performance!
Hear the Henry Hull SUSPENSE episode!   (ep. 24  /  1-12-1943)
Hear the Jose Ferrer SUSPENSE episode!   (ep. 273  /  11-28-1947)
Hear the Vincent Price SUSPENSE episode!   (ep.724  /  11-10-1957)
Hear the Raymond Burr SUSPENSE episode!   (ep.805  /  6-7-1959)
Hear the Tony Roberts CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!  (3-4-1975)

Read the Gus Schrotter PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the August M. Froehlich PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Russ Heath PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the Doug Wildey PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Everett Raymond Kinstler PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the Gedeone Malagola PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Ruben Lara Romero PENDULUM adaptation!

     See the Pablo Marcos PENDULUM tribute!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Jose Ortiz PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Felipe Jimenez De La Rosa PENDULUM adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera PENDULUM illustrated story!
     (coming soon!)
Read the Juan Sarompas PENDULUM illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
Read the Don McGregor / Rudy Mesina PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Gerry Talaoc PENDULUM adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Monroe Eisenberg PENDULUM illustrated story!

Read the Novedades Editores PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the Steve Pugh PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Bluewater Productions PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Carlo Vergara PENDULUM adaptation!

Read the J.C. Fabul PENDULUM adaptation!

      El Monje Loco:
Read the Ruben Lara Romero PENDULUM adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro BERENICE adaptation!
Read the Carlor Moro VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Carlos Moro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Don't miss the 3rd PART of this... coming up next!!!

(Continued in Poe 1968, Pt. 24)


  1. ¡Felicitaciones! Mi blog es Monje Loco 6771. Yo fui quien las escaneó y me encantó encontrarlas coloridas. Espero ansioso el final. Saludos

  2. I was that close to buying one of these on Ebay, but it was the same week I was due in traffic court. I put it off, and after, the issue was no longer for sale. Later that same day, I found your blog, and after an extensive search, found not one but FOUR Poe stories! So you really saved me a lot of money.

    These have been HELL to clean up so far (sepia ink on yellow paper), and as I type this I've still got 2 more whole issues to go... but I'll be very happy when they're done.

    I'm glad you like the results.

    The El Monje Loco "PENDULUM" has my FAVORITE art of the various versions I've seen. Never mind that it's updated to World War 2!