Sunday, October 21, 2018

Poe 1963, Pt. 3

(Continued from Poe 1963, Pt. 2)

Poe's TALES OF TERROR

"THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"
     (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 last of the 3 film segments was an adaptation of Poe's story involving hypnotism...

     "THE FACT IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR".

As he had done with Corman's "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER", screenwriter Richard Matheson made some substantial changes which added extra levels to the story.  For one thing, he added a loving wife to the elderly Valdemar, in order to add a romantic entanglement-- as the man's loyal friend & doctor is in love with her.  But in addition, the hypnotist, Mr. Carmichael, becomes a genuine villain, as he has his own ambitions toward Valdemar's wife, which have nothing to do with love.

Once again, the artist was one of the best in the business-- George Evans.

This was his 4th of 4 Poe adaptations.

(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 FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"  /  Version 2
Adaptation by ??  /  Art by GEORGE EVANS
"HYPNOTISM"  (feature)  /  inside back cover
Page 19
Page 20
Page 21
Page 22
Page 23
Page 24
Page 25
Page 26
Page 27
Page 28
Page 29
Page 30
Page 31
Page 32

REPRINTS:

CLASICOS DEL CINE  97
photo cover   (Editorial Sea / Novaro  /  Mexico  /  August 1963)
SERIE BLADET  3
cover by JORDI PENALVA   (Nordisk Forlag  /  Norway  /  March 2, 1974)
Copyright (C) 1962 by Alta Vista Productions.

George Evans.
Scan of TALES OF TERROR cover from the GCD site.
Scan of TALES OF TERROR inside front cover from the
     Killer Kats From Beyond The Grave blog.
Scans of TALES OF TERROR interiors from The Catacombs blog  /
     Special thanks to Chuck Wells !

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.
Scan of SERIES BLADET  #3 (1974) from the GCD site
     with Special Thanks to Morten F. Thomsen.
Photo of George Evans from the Wikipedia site. 

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allen Poe at Wikipedia.

Read about American International Pictures at Wikipedia.
Read about Roger Corman at Wikipedia.
Read about Richard Matheson at Wikipedia.
Read about Vincent Price at Wikipedia.
Read about Basil Rathbone at Wikipedia.

Read about Dell Comics at Wikipedia.
Read about George Evans at Wikipedia.
Read an interview with George Evans at the Words And Pictures blog.

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

Read about THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR at Wikipedia.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
See the VALDEMAR Gallery of Illustrations.

     Audio:
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE episode!
Hear the Basil Rathbone recording!
Hear the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre PREMATURE BURIAL episode!
     (including THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR)
          (thanks to "Quote Away")

     Comics:
Read the Graham Ingels VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the George Evans VALDEMAR adaptation!

Read the "Edegar" & Ignacio Justo VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Carlos Moro VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Carlos Gimenez VALDEMAR adaptation!
 

Read the Jose Cardona VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Isidro Mones VALDEMAR adaptation!
Read the Julio Shimamoto VALDEMAR adaptation!

Read the Alberto Breccia VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)
Read the Joan Boix VALDEMAR adaptation!   (coming soon!)

     Misc.:
Read the George Evans USHER / PREMATURE BURIAL adaptation!
Read the George Evans TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the George Evans SPACE CONQUERORS! run starting in 1953!
Read the George Evans MORELLA adaptation!
Read the George Evans VALDEMAR adaptation! 

See my Edgar Allan Poe overview at this very blog!!

(Continued in Poe 1963, Pt. 3A)

1 comment:

  1. Wow, THAT's an *eerie* coincidence! Only a couple hours earlier today, I happened to read (for the first time) an E.C. reprint of the George Evans story "Frank Luke" (from FRONTLINE COMBAT #13), and now the very same day I'm looking at a picture of Evans himself working on the splash page! What are the odds?

    What!? And you have scans of SPACE CONQUERORS, too! I haven't seen that since I was a kid and briefly had a gift subscription to Boys' Life.

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