Sunday, September 17, 2017

Poe 1969, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1969, Pt. 1)

MAD  9
Shifting Into Re-Verse Dept:  "THE RAVEN"

Entertaining Comics (formerly Educational Comics) just won't quit.

While Warren and Taika in several instances did 2 different versions of some Poe stories (and in one case, 3), EC's MAD magazine clearly feels no end of variations on any single theme are too much.

Thus it is that I present, YET ANOTHER version of Poe's most famous poem...

     "THE RAVEN"

     This was the 11th and 12th versions of this (say WHAT??), following...
Harper's THE RAVEN (1880),
E.P. Dutton's THE RAVEN (1883),
Harper & Brothers' THE RAVEN (1884),
Reilly & Britton's THE RAVEN (1910),
Dodd, Mead & Company's THE RAVEN (1930),
EC's MAD #9 (Feb-Mar'54),  
EC's MAD #46 (Apr'59),  
EC's MAD #55 (Jun'60),
Dell's THE RAVEN Movie Classic (Sep'63), and
Taika's A CRIPTA #2 (1968)
     ...the last only a few months earlier.

I mean, seriously, folks-- 6 versions so far, and 4 of them in the SAME magazine?  That's nuts, isn't it?  And... this wasn't the last time they'd do one, either!!

Incidentally... this was also the 11th time EC tackled Poe.

This one's a bit different... what am I saying, ALL the MAD versions are "different".

But in this case, they're actually doing 2 versions within the SAME feature.

You'll see.

I want to send out a personal "thank you" to Paul Wardle, a member of the EC Fan-Addict Facebook group, for pointing this one out to me, AND, sending me scans!  What a guy.

ENJOY!

MAD  125
cover by KELLY FREAS   (EC  /  March 1969)
"THE MAD POETY ROUND ROBIN"
Written by Frank Jacobs  /  Art by GEORGE WOODBRIDGE
"If Poe's THE RAVEN were written by Joyce Kilmer"  /  Version 11
"If Thayer's CASEY AT THE BAT were written by Edgar Allan Poe"
     ("THE RAVEN")  /  Version 12
Written by Frank Jacobs  /  Art by GEORGE WOODBRIDGE
This is what it lookjed like in the magazine...
Here it is, easier to read...
The inevitable reprints...

MAD SPECIAL  9
cover by ??   (EC  /  1972)
A MAD BIG BOOK  (MAD ZAPS THE HUMAN RACE!)
cover by JACK DAVS   (EC  /  March 1984)
MAD XL
cover by DON MARTIN, MORT DRUCKER, SERGIO ARAGONES
     & JACK DAVIS   (EC  /  July 2001)
George Woodbridge.
Copyright (C) Entertaining Comics (EC).

Scan of MAD #125 cover from the GCD site
Scan of MAD ?? (19??) supplied by Paul Wardle
     with special thanks!
Scan from MAD SPECIAL #9 (1972) interiors from my collection.
Scans of MAD SPECIAL #9,
     A MAD BIG BOOK (MAD ZAPS THE HUMAN RACE) (1984)
     and MAD XL (2001) covers from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about EC Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about MAD magazine at Wikipedia.
Read about Albert B. Feldstein at Wikipedia.
Read about Kelly Freas at Wikipedia.
Visit the Kelly Freas website!
Read about Paul Jacobs at Wikipedia.
Read about George Woodbridge at Wikipedia.

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Christopher Lee at Wikipedia.

Read about The Raven at Wikipedia.
Read the complete poem at the Poetry Foundation site.

     Audio:
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
See the Vincent Price performance!
Hear the Christopher Lee recording!

     Comics:
See the James William Carling RAVEN illustrations!
See the William Ladd Taylor RAVEN illustrations!
See the Gustave Dore RAVEN illustrations!
See the John Rea Neill RAVEN illustrations!   (coming soon!)
See the Ferdinand H. Horvath RAVEN illustrations!

Read the Harvey Kurtzman / Will Elder RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Wally Wood RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Mort Drucker RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Frank Springer RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Nico Rosso RAVEN adaptation!

Read the 2 George Woodbridge RAVEN adaptations!
Read the Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Peter Cappiello RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Paul Coker, Jr. RAVEN adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Steve Ditko RAVEN story!
Read the Jeff Bonivert RAVEN adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ricardo Leite RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Jerry Gersten RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Gahan Wilson RAVEN adaptation!

Read the 1st Luciano Irrthum RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 2nd Luciano Irrthum RAVEN adaptation
     at the Canibuk blog!
Read the 2nd Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Eureka Productions RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Stuart Tipples RAVEN adaptation!

Read the Mangosta RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 3rd Luciano Irrthum RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Yein Yip RAVEN adaptation!
Read the David G. Fores RAVEN adaptation!
Read the 3rd Richard Corben RAVEN adaptation!

Read the Edu Molina RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Duncan Long RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Terrier Studios RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Pete Katz RAVEN adaptation!
Read the Gareth Hinds RAVEN adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1969, Pt. 3)

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