(IN COLOR w/ English Translation)
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.
4th in line...
This was the 2nd comics version of this story, following...
Dell's MOVIE CLASSIC (Apr-Jun'65)
...from 4 years earlier.
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.)
The translation on this proved much simpler than usual. In order to compress the storytelling as much as possible, the words in the adaptation ignored Poe to such an extent, I decided for the most part to use exactly what came out of the translator. There were only a few places where I elected to go back and use the authentic Poe text.
This was his 3rd of 10 Poe adaptations.
cover by CHARLES SCHULZ (Milano Libri Edizioni / Italy / October 1969)
("LIGEIA") / Version 2
Adaptation & Artwork by DINO BATTAGLIA / Page 1
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA (Milano Libri Edizioni / Italy / November 1972)
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA (Editorial Vilan / Italy / May 1981)
CORTO MALTESE 2
cover by HUGO PRATT
(Gino Sansone Editore / Italy / February 1985)
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA (Vertige Graphic / France / October 1993)
EDGAR ALLAN POE: DINO BATTAGLIA
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA (L'Editore Lo Scarbeo / Italy / February 28, 1999)
LIGEIA E ALTRI RACCONTI
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA (Le Mani-Microart'S / Italy / 2004)
CONTES ET RECITS FANTASTIQUES Tome 3:
HISTOIRES D'EDGAR A. POE
cover by DINO BATTAGLIA (Editions Mosquito / Italy / March 2005)
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)
Copyright (C) DINO BATTAGLIA.
English Translation & New Color Copyright (C) 2018 Henry R. Kujawa.
Scan of LINUS #55 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 VILAN #3 (1981) from the Todocoleccion site.
Scan of CORTO MALTESE #2 (1985) from the Ebay site.
Scan of HISTOIRES EXTRAORDINAIRES (1993)
from the Price Minister site.
Scan of LIGEIA Y ALTRI RACCONTI (2004) from the Amazon.It 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.