Sunday, October 21, 2018

Poe 1963, Pt. 2

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 1A)

Poe's TALES OF TERROR

"THE BLACK CAT"
     A Movie Classic)
          REMASTERED

Dell Comics were, for many years, the single BIGGEST comics publisher in the country.  Their material was so aggressively family-oriented, that they never even got involved with the Comics Code (and had no problems with distribution, apparently).  Much of their output was in "licensed" characters and series, as well as movie adaptations.  Which brings us to this one.

Having skipped the first 3 Corman Poe films, Dell finally got into doing adaptations of them with the 4th-- TALES OF TERROR.  As the title suggests, this was an "anthology" film that featured 3 short stories.  All 3 had Vincent Price playing different roles.

The middle of the 3 film segments was actually an adaptation of 2 separate stories, which happened to have the similar plot element of someone being bricked up in a basement--

     "THE BLACK CAT" and "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO".

Ironically, the logic underlying both stories was destroyed by combining them together.  Also, as I discovered when I read the comics adaptation of this, the best part of the whole thing-- the darkly humorous exchange of dialogue that occured during said bricking-up-- is missing from the comic.  Ah well.  What can you do?

The art for this story was by Fran Matera, who worked on many long-running newspaper strips, including  "Kerry Drake", "Dickie Dare", "Little Annie Roonie", "Rex Morgan MD", "Judge Parker", "Apartment 3-G", "Mr. Holiday", "Nero Wolfe", and "Steve Roper And Mike Nomad".

This was his only POE adaptation.

(This story was originally posted here on November 25, 2014.  As of October 2018, I'm reversing the order of the 3 stories to now reflect the order they were seen in the movie.  Also, I'm moving it to a new location to make it easier to modify in the future.  And finally, I've done a major upgrade with brand-new, high-res scans from my own collection, lovingly cleaned up to make them look better than the actual comic-book!)

Poe's TALES OF TERROR
photo cover   (Dell  /  February 1963)
"THE BLACK CAT"  /  Version 5
     (including "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO"  /  Version 4)
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by FRAN MATERA
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
Page 17
Page 18

REPRINTS:

CLASICOS DEL CINE  97
photo cover   (Editorial Sea / Novaro  /  Mexico  /  August 1963)
Copyright (C) 1962 by Alta Vista Productions.

Fran Matera.
Scan of TALES OF TERROR cover from the GCD site.
Scans of TALES OF TERROR interiors
     from the Killer Cats From Beyond The Grave blog.

NEW scans of TALES OF TERROR from my collection!

Scans from the film from the Annyas.com / Movie Title Stills Collection site.
Scan of CLASICOS DEL CINE #97 cover from the Guri Gibi blog. 
Photo of Fran Matera from the Wikipedia site.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at The Poe Museum site.

Read about Fran Matera at the Lambiek site.
See more Fran Matera work at the Comic Art Fans site.

     "The Black Cat":
Read about THE BLACK CAT at Spark Notes.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
See the BLACK CAT Gallery of Illustrations.

     Audio:
Hear the Peter Lorre MYSTERY IN THE AIR episode!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the Norman Rose CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!


     Comics:
Read the Bill Allison BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Johnny Craig BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the St. John Publishing BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Luiz Saidenberg BLACK CAT adaptation!

Read the Fran Matera BLACK CAT adaptation!
 

Read the Juarez Odilon BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Editorial Novaro BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Gino Dauro BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Berni Wrightson BLACK CAT adaptation!
Read the Ricardo Villamonte BLACK CAT adaptation!

     "The Cask Of Amontillado":
Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the xroads.virginia.edu site.
See the AMONTILLADO Gallery of Illustrations.

Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Watch the SUSPENSE TV adaptation!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER episode!

Read the Graham Ingels AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Rudy Palais AMONTILLADO adaptation!
      Read the Iger Shop AMONTILLADO sequel!
Read the Gedeone Malagola AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Fran Matera AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!

Read the Osvaldo Talo AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Juan J. Aguilar AMONTILLADO illustrated story!   (coming soon!)
     Read the Frank Brunner AMONTILLADO sequel!
     Read the Cirilo Munoz AMONTILLADO sequel!   (coming soon!)
Read the Maro Nava AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Martin Salvador AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Guido Del Carpio Rivera AMONTILLADO illustrated story!

Read the Don McGregor / Mike Golden AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Arturo Cassilas AMONTILLADO adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Noly Zamora AMONTILLADO adaptation!
     (Coming soon:)
Read the Pablo Marcos AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Anne Toulmin-Rothe AMONTILLADO illustrated story!

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 3)

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