(IN COLOR w/ English Translation)
(w/ Gallery of Illustrations)
Milano Libri Edizione was a publisher in Italy active in the 1960s & 70s. LINUS 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...
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.
cover by CHARLES SCHULZ (Milano Libri Edizioni / Italy / December 1968)
("KING PEST") / Version 1
Adaptation & Artwork by DINO BATTAGLIA / Page 1
Here's the reprints-- NONE of them in English...
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.
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)
EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA (NPE / Italy / 2016)
Here's a bonus gallery of illustrations by various artists over the decades.
"KING PEST" by Harry Clarke (1923)
"KING PEST" by Arthur Rackham (1935)
"KING PEST" by Randall Enos (2016)
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.
Scans of "King Pest" by
Harry Clarke (1923) from the Pellucidar Offerings blog,
Arthur Rackham (1935) from the Pellucidar Offerings blog, and
Randall Enos (2016) from the North American Review.Org site.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Milano Libri Edizione at Wikipedia.
Read about LINUS magazine at Wikipedia.
Read about Dino Battaglia at the Wikipedia 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 XRoads.Virginia.edu site.
Read the Dino Battaglia KING PEST adaptation!
Read the Luiz Saidenberg KING PEST adaptation!
Read the Anton Emdin KING PEST adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia KING PEST adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Dino Battaglia LIGEIA adaptation!
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 1969, Pt. 1)