CLASSIC COMICS 17
(Remastered w/ Gallery of Illustrations)
There have always been, for me, 4 "classic" writers of the 19th Century whose work I've admired, mostly in film adaptations, but also in the original texts, and sometimes, in comic-books. They are Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe.
I've already done a lot of work on this blog related to Jules Verne, and still have a lot to go. I was initially hoping to exhaust anything Verne related before moving on, and possibly go on to H.G. Wells next... but I've decided to go with Poe instead. I don't think Poe gets as much respect in comics as the others, if only because his work consists of short stories and poems, rather than novels. For a lot of years, you just don't see many magazine covers focusing on Poe, unless it's a collection of several of his short stories in one place. But as I've discovered, there have been a LOT of Poe adaptations in comics... and I plan to take a look at as many of them as I can!
Gilberton's CLASSIC COMICS contains the earliest Poe comics adaptations I've been able to find.
I really love the internet, and this project has given me more reason to. On several occasions, some people I've gotten to know online have pointed me at some stories I was unaware of, despite several different searches to update my index. Well, it happened again. Fellow fan Don Bearden got in touch and clued me in about a 2-page illustrated version of a poem-- "ANNABEL LEE"-- that appeared as one of the back-up features in CLASSIC COMICS #17. It's very rare, as in most of the later reprints it was left out when Gilberton cut their page counts overall. And when I was unable to find scans, the next day, Don e-mailed me scans he'd done from his own copy. WOW.
(This page was originally set up on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. I'm moving it to a new page so it will be easier to make changes in the future. That's how it is with blogs!)
CLASSIC COMICS 17
cover by LOUIS ZANSKY (The Deerslayer) / (Gilberton / January 1944)
art by ROLLAND LIVINGSTONE / Page 52
"ANNABEL LEE" by John Sartain (1850)
Page 11 by Mark Yankus (October 18, 1985)
Scan of CLASSIC COMICS #17 cover from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CLASSIC COMICS #17 interiors supplied by Don Bearden
with Special thanks!
Also special thanks to M. Thomas Inge for identifying the artist!
Scans of "Annabel Lee" by:
John Sartain (1850) from the Wikipedia site,
Gustav Dore (1883) from the Book Graphics site,
W. Heath Robinson (1900) from the EBooks@Adelaide site,
Alberto Martini (1905) from the Monster Brains blog,
John R. Neill (1910) from the Worthpoint site,
Edmund Dulac (1912) from Poul Webb / Art & Artists blog,
Russell Hoban (1963) from the Ragged Claws site,
Mark Yankus for Scholastic Scope (1985) supplied by Jase Shrum
with special thanks,
Greg Hildebrandt (1986) from MY collection,
Abigail Larson (2009) from the Deviant Art site,
Anne Bachelier (2012) from the CMF Gallery site,
David G. Fores (2014) from the Deviant Art site,
Ines Falcao Ferreira (2015) from the Patreon.com site,
"Ero-Nel" (2014) from the Deviant Art site, and
Michael Grant Kellermeyer (2015) from the Deviant Art site.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.
Read about Gilberton at Wikipedia.
Read about Louis Zansky at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site.
Read about ANNABEL LEE at Wikipedia.
Read the poem at the eBooks Adelaide.edu site.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.
Hear the James Mason ANNABEL LEE recording!
Hear the Basil Rathbone ANNEBEL LEE recording!
Read the John Rea Neill ANNABEL LEE adaptation! (coming soon!)
Read the Rolland Livingstone ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Edegar & Ignacio Justo ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Jose Matucenio ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Rodolfo Zalla ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Gahan Wilson ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the P. Craig Russell ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Bill D. Fountain ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Toni Pawlowsky ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Mangosta ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the J.B. Bonivert ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Eva Sanchez ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Julian Peters ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the David G. Fores ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Nikos Malk ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Read the Jer Frog ANNABEL LEE adaptation!
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED are currently being reprinted--
go to the CLASSIC COMICS STORE to BUY your own copies!!!
Read The Complete Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe
illustrated by W. Heath Robinson at the EBooks@Adelaide site.
See more Edmund Dulac art at the Art & Artists blog.
See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!
(Continued in Poe 1944, Pt. 2)