Thursday, May 24, 2018

Poe 1949, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1949, Pt. 2)

LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE  10
"THE KILLER WHO WALKED LIKE A MAN!"

Marvel Comics (at times in its early history sometimes referred to as Timely or Atlas) was always a 2nd-level publisher-- somewhere in the middle as far as quality was concerned-- whose specialty was flooding the market with imitations of whatever was then currently popular.

LAWBRERAKERS ALWAYS LOSE was one of many such anthology titles that focused on "crime".  What we have here is is a story that is either inspired by, or, a loose adaptation of...

     "THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE".

I would suggest it was mostly inspired by the 1932 film with Bela Lugosi, since it focuses so much on the carnival sideshow and isn't really a "mystery" as the original story was.  There also seems a tip-of-the-opera hat to the 1932 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, when you see the gorilla strolling down the street in a tux, looking not that much different from Frederic March.

This would be the 2nd comics story based on or inspired by "Rue Morgue", the previous one being 5 years earlier in Gilberton's CLASSIC COMICS #21 (Jul'44).  As it happens, that version had been reprinted as CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #21 (Aug'49) only 2 months before this came out, and again in CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GIANTS #2 (Oct'49), the SAME month as this, suggesting whoever did this one may have been inspired by the other one.

The guy in the (unrelated) cover photo sure looks to me like a young Darren McGavin, who, a decade later, would play MIKE HAMMER on TV!

(This page was originally set up on Sunday, November 1, 2015.  I'm moving it to a new page so it will be easier to make changes in the future.)

LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE  10
photo cover   (Marvel  /  October 1949)
"THE KILLER WHO WALKED LIKE A MAN!"
     (inspired by "The Murders In The Rue Morgue")  /  Version 2

Story & Art by SAM GROSS  /  Page 18
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Copyright (C) Marvel Comics.

Scan of LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE #10 cover
     from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of LAWBREAKERS ALWAYS LOSE #10 interiors
     from Pappy's Golden Age Comics blog.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Special thanks to "Pappy"!

Also, special thanks to Eric Fabiaschi for identifying the artist!

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Marvel comics at Wikipedia.

Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Paul Hecht at Wikipedia.

Read about THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Museum site.

     Audio:
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Hear the Paul Hecht CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

     Comics:
Read the Arnold L. Hicks RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Sam Gross RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Guido Crepax RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban RUE MORGUE adaptation!   (coming soon!)

Read the Cezar Lopez Vera RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Illustrated Classics RUE MORGUE adaptation!  (coming soon!)
Read the Jose Ortiz RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the E.R. Cruz RUE MORGUE adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Moises Cespedes RUE MORGUE adaptation!

Read the Ediciones Maisal RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Howard Priestley RUE MORGUE adaptation!
     Read the Mark A. Nelson RUE MORGUE sequel!
Read the Silvio Camboni RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Matt Brooker RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Reno Maniquis RUE MORGUE adaptation!

Read the Emerson Dimaya RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Ola Skogang RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Richard Corben RUE MORGUE adaptation!
Read the Leandro Fernandez RUE MORGUE adaptation!

Read the Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1950, Pt.1)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Poe 1949, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1949, Pt. 1) 

"THE GOLD BUG"    (Gallery of Illustrations)

I'm including a bonus gallery of illustrations by various artists over the decades.

"THE GOLD BUG" by ??  (18??)
"THE GOLD BUG" by ??  (18??)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Louis Grell  (18??)
"THE GOLD BUG" wash by F.O.C. Darley  (1843)
"THE GOLD BUG" engraving by R.S. Gilbert  (1843)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Alberto Martini  (1905)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Byam Shaw  (1909)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Harry Clarke  (1919)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Arthur Rackham  (1935)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Fritz Eichenberg  (1944)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Russell Hoban  (1963)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Ati Forberg  (1965)

"THE GOLD BUG" from "Shonen Jump" magazine  (1969)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Don Irwin  (1969)
"THE GOLD BUG" by Al Davidson  (1969)
"THE GOLD BUG" from Cadmeon Records  (1975)
"THE GOLD BUG" by "Ero-Net"  (2015)
"Sullivan's Island" by ??  (19??)
"Sullivan's Island" by ??  (19??)
"Sullivan's Island" by Elizabeth O'Neill Verner  (1969)
Copyright (C) the various artists.

     Scans of "The Gold Bug" by...
unknown (18??) from the Ingiliz Cedar Sleri site,
unknown (18??) from the Biografia Syvidas.com site,
Louis Grell (18??) from the American Gallery site,
F.O.C. Darley wash (1843) from the EAPoe.org site,
R.S. Gilbert engraving (1843) from the The Poe Blog site,
Alberto Martini (1905) from the Monster Brains site,
Byam Shaw (1909) from the eBAEA site,
Harry Clarke (1919) from the Pellucidar Offerings site,
Arthur Rackham (1935) from the Pellucidar Offerings site,
Fritz Eichenberg (1944) from the Full Table and Davidson Galleries sites,
Russell Hoban (1963) from the Ragged Claws site,
Ati Forberg (1965) from MY collection,
"Shonen Jump" magazine illo (1969) from the Mazmorra Maldita site,
Don Irwin (1969) from MY collection,
Al Davidson (1969) from MY collection,
Cadmeon Records cover (1975) from the One-Eleven Books site,
"Ero-Net" (2015) from the Deviant Art site,
"Sullivan's Island" modern map (20??) from the Quiahuitzin site,
"Sullivan's Island" ancient map (19??) from the Goodreads site,  and
"Sullivan's Island" by Elizabeth O'Neill Verner (1969) from the Invalueable site. 

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the Pulp Artists site.
Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the SF Encyclopedia site.
Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the Amazing Stories site.
See more art by Joseph Wirt Tillotson at Google Images.

Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

      Audio:
Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!
Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode! 

      Comics:
Read the Joseph Wirt Tillotson GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Henry Sharp GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Fernando Bento GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Editorial Sea/Novaro GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon)
 

Read the Mick Anglo GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the G. Renna GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon)
Read the Antonio Calmerio Tomas GOLD BUG adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ediciones Vilmar GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Alfonso Font GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Arnau GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Silvio Camboni GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Niesa Editores GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Miguel Serratosa GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the NBM / Papercutz GOLD BUG adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1949, Pt. 3)  

Poe 1949, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1947, Pt. 6)

SUNDAY PIX
"THE GOLD BUG"

SUNDAY PIX was a long-running weekly newspaper-style comics section published by David C. Cook for churches and Sunday schools.  It was available by subscriptions, but was not usually sold on newsstands or at comic-book shops.

For decades, its cover-feature was various stories from The Bible.  However, early in its run, the covers features "Classic" stories.  And the very first of these was...

"THE GOLD BUG"

...one of Edgar Allan Poe's most popular stories, perhaps because rather than horror, it was a combination mystery-adventure.

It was some time into this project before I even became aware of this version, and it's been some challenge tracking down scans of it.  As it happens, so far, the ONLY scans I've been able to find were the usual small ones posted at the Grand Comics Database site (GCD), and that's only because of the luck that the story was serialized on the front pages!  So far, my attempts to track down the person who had their hands on these to scan them, any editor at the GCD who might have access to larger scans, or the actual magazines themselves so
I could do my own scans, have met with nothing but dead ends.  MANY issues of SUNDAY PIX can be found for sale at Ebay... but so far, none this early in the run.

Naturally, I'm putting out a request for help on this right now... especially as the 1st issue, and the 1st installment in this 14-part serial, has yet to turn up.
I guess I should feel lucky I have any scans to post here AT ALL.

The artist is Joseph Wirt Tillotson, who also went by the name of "Robert Fuqua".  In addition to SUNDAY PIX, he also did quite a lot of illustrations for various pulp magazines.

ENJOY!

SUNDAY PIX  1
(David C. Cook  /  May 1, 1949)
"THE GOLD BUG"  /  Version 1
Adaptation by David S. Piper (?)  /  Art by JOSEPH WIRT TILLOTSON
SUNDAY PIX  2   (May 8, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  3   (May 15, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  4   (May 22, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  5   (May 29, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  6   (June 5, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  7   (June 12, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  8   (June 19, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  9   (June 26, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  10   (July 3, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  11   (July 10, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  12   (July 17, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  13   (July 24, 1949)
SUNDAY PIX  14   (July 31, 1949)
Copyright (C) Sunday Pix  &  Joseph Wirt Tillotson.

AMAZING STORIES  (January 1939)
cover by JOSEPH WIRT TILLOTSON
Joesph Wirt Tillotson  ("Robert Fuqua")
Scans of SUNDAY PIX #2-14 (1949) from the GCD site.
Scan of AMAZING STORIES (January 1939) from the Tumblr site.
Photo of Joseoph Wirt Tillotson from the Pulp Artists.com site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the Pulp Artists site.
Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the SF Encyclopedia site.
Read about Joseph Wirt Tillotson at the Amazing Stories site.
See more art by Joseph Wirt Tillotson at Google Images.

Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about FAMILY THEATER at Wikipedia.

Read about THE GOLD BUG at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

      Audio:
Hear the Vincent Price GOLD BUG recording!
Hear the FAMILY THEATER episode! 

      Comics:
Read the Joseph Wirt Tillotson GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Alex A. Blum GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Henry Sharp GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Fernando Bento GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Editorial Sea/Novaro GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon)
 

Read the Mick Anglo GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the G. Renna GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Dino Battaglia GOLD BUG adaptation!   (coming soon)
Read the Antonio Calmerio Tomas GOLD BUG adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Ediciones Vilmar GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Alfonso Font GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Arturo Arnau GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Pablo Marcos GOLD BUG illustrated story!
Read the Silvio Camboni GOLD BUG adaptation!

Read the Niesa Editores GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the Miguel Serratosa GOLD BUG adaptation!
Read the NBM / Papercutz GOLD BUG adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Don't miss the BONUS GALLERY of ILLUSTRATIONS up next!

(Continued in Poe 1949, Pt. 2

Poe 1947, Pt. 6

(Continued from Poe 1947, Pt. 5)

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe  /  "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"
     (Conclusion)

Gilberton's 4th stab at Poe, in CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40, was the 1st all-Poe comic, containing 3 of his stories in a single issue.

Third and final:

"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER".

     This was the 2nd comics version of this story, following...
Charlton's YELLOWJACKET COMICS #4 (Dec'44)
     ...some 3 years earlier.

This version would be more than twice as long as the previous one'

While the other 2 stories each had 1 page CUT from it in the reprints, this one had 2 pages cut!  What they did in this case was combine 2 pages into 1, and just remove another page entirely.

Well, friend and fellow fan Don Bearden-- whose specialty is "Classics" comics-- sent me scans of the 2 of the missing pages.  This in turn inspired me to do additional clean-ups to the images, some 14 months after I had initially put them up.  Don accidentally sent me a page I already had, and once I realized this (while doing the 2nd run at cleaning it up), I got in touch with Tom Kinter, whose site, "Tom's Place", was at one time the ONLY one of 5 that had the story UNCUT.  He was also, unfortunately, the only one hit with a "cease and desist" order from the current Gilberton license holder.  But he did have the 1 page I still needed, in order to supply the 2 final missing panels!  My hats off to both guys!  I couldn't have done this without them.

So now, the story is INTACT again, as well as MASSIVELY cleaned up!

(This page was originally set up on Friday, October 24, 2014.  I'm moving it to a new page so it will be easier to make changes in the future.)

Enjoy! 

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
cover by HENRY C. KIEFER   (Gilberton  /  August 1947)
"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by Samuel Willinsky  /  Art by HARLEY M. GRIFFITHS
And now-- the EPIC conclusion!!
Page 45   (this and Page 46 were combined into a single page in reprints)
Page 46   (this and Page 45 were combined into a single page in reprints)
Page 47   (This page was completely missing in reprints)
Page 48
Page 49
Page 50
I'm really struck, reading this version of the story, how artist Harley M. Griffith's depiction of Roderick Usher so closely resembles Vincent Price's character, not in the Roger Corman film "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER", but in its unrelated "sequel", "PIT AND THE PENDULUM".  This is both in his physical appearance, and in his nervous fear and terror over the idea that he may have inadvertently buried someone alive.  (In the Corman film, according to Richard Matheson's screenplay, Usher was the villain of the piece, his actions deliberate; in the original Poe story, Roderick is a sad victim as much as his sister.)
In addition, on the next-to-last page, the large hall, one of the staircases, and the wrought-iron gate, are all almost exactly the same as in Corman's "PIT AND THE PENDULUM", which would almost suggest that Corman (or his art director, Daniel Haller) may have looked at this comic for visual reference and inspiration!
All 3 stories in this issue were reprinted in the "Illustrated Library Of EXCITING MYSTERY STORIES" which contains the contents of CLASSIC COMICS #13 (Aug'43), #21 (Jul'44), #30 (Sep'46), and CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Aug'47), including all 4 Poe stories featured to date.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GIANTS  2
cover by ??   (Gilberton  /  October 1949)
EDICAO MARAVILHOSA  27
cover by HENRY C. KIEFER
     (Editora Brasil-America Limitdad  [EBAL]  /  Brazil  /  September 1950)
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  40
cover by HENRY C. KIEFER   (Thorpe & Porter  /  England  /  1952)
CLASICOS ILUSTRADOS  105
cover by ??   
     (Editora De PeriĆ³dicos La Prensa S.C.L.  /  Mexico  /  February 28, 1961)
Acclaim reprinted many of Gilberton's stories in digest-size in 1997,
with scholarly essays added.  The 2nd Poe volume included this story...
as seen on the cover!

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED STUDY GUIDES  29
cover by JEN MARRUS   (Acclaim  /  August 1997)
EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO
cover by ALEX A. BLUM   (Books 4 Pocket  /  Spain  /  October 17, 2012)
ILLUSTRERTE KLASSIKERE  53
cover by ??   (Hjemmet / Egmont  /  Norway  /  March 2015)
Copyright (C) Gilberton  &  the various publishers.

Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 cover from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 interiors from the XXXXXX site.
Scans of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 pages 45 & 47
     supplied by Don Bearden with special thanks!
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 page 46
     supplied by Tom Kinter with special thanks!
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GIANT #2 from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of EDICAO MARAVILHOSA #27 from the Mercado Livre site.
Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #40 (Thorpe & Porter) from the GCD site.
Scan of CLASICO ILUSTRADOS #105 (1961)
     supplied by Cecilio A. Jacobo Glez with special thanks!
 Scan of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED STUDY GUIDES #29
     from the My Comics Shop site.
Scan of EL ESCARABAJO DE ORO (2012) from the Ediciones Obelisco site.
Scan of ILLUSTRERTE KLASSIKERE #53 from the GCD site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Harley M. Griffiths at the Lambiek site
See more Harley M. Griffiths art at the Comic Art Fans site

Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Read about THE WEIRD CIRCLE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Gladys Thornton at the IMDB site.
Read about the ESCAPE radio show at Wikipedia.
Read about Paul Free at Wikipedia.
Read about THE CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER at Wikipedia.
Read about Kevin McCarthy at Wikipedia.
Read about Arnold Moss at Wikipedia.

Read about THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.

     Audio:
Hear the Basil Rathbone HOUSE OF USHER recording!
Hear the Gladys Thornton WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Paul Frees ESCAPE episode!
Hear the Kevin McCarthy CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

     Comics:
Read the Gus Schrotter HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Harley M. Griffiths HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Harry Harrison HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Steve Ditko HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the George Evans HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!

Read the Osvaldo Talo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Tom Sutton HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Dino Battaglia HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Miguel Gomez Esteban HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
     (coming soon!)

Read the Carlos Moro HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Jerry Grandenetti HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Cirilo Munoz HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Martin Salvador HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
     (coming soon!)


Read the Nestor Redondo HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
     (Comics soon:)
Read the Pablo Marcos HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
Read the Luis Romero B. HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the Arturo Arnau HOUSE OF USHER illustrated story!
Read the E.C. Nickel HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

Read the Richard Corben HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!
Read the P.Craig Russell / Jay Geldof HOUSE OF USHER adaptation!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED are currently being reprinted--
     go to the CLASSIC COMICS STORE to BUY your own copies!!!    


(Continued in Poe 1949, Pt.1)