"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO!"
The real "golden age" of POE comics continues!
Warren was the small empire of magazine publisher James Warren. CREEPY was his first all-comics magazine. Freed from constrictions of the Comics Code due to its B&W magazine format, editor Archie Goodwin managed to recruit the cream of the old EC artists, including Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Angelo Torres and Reed Crandall, as well as Gray Morrow and Frank Frazetta. After doing his final comics story in CREEPY #1, Frazetta switched over to cover paintings, carving an entire new career for himself in the process.
Mixed in with new stories were a nice spattering of adaptations of classic works, among them those of Edgar Allan Poe. In the late 60s, 6 of these appeared, the first 3 in CREEPY, the other 3 in its brother magazine, EERIE. I feel safe in saying that despite the high caliber of some of the versions seen before this, these may have to rank among the BEST ever done.
Their 2nd offering...
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO".
This was the 5th comics version of this, following...
EC's CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #3 (Feb'Mar'51),
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #84 (Jun'51),
Continental's CLASSICOS OF TERROR #1 (1960), and
Dell's Movie Classic of TALES OF TERROR (Feb'63).
It strikes me that Reed Crandall may have modeled his version of Fortunato on Peter Lorre, his wife on Joyce Jameson, and Montressor on Basil Rathbone.
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA (Warren / December 1965)
Warren ran into some financial difficulties in the late 60s, resulting in the loss of most of his best talent and a 2-year period where both CREEPY and EERIE consisted of at least 50% reprints of material that wasn't that old yet. "The Cask Of Amontillado!" was reprinted only 29 months after its original appearance.
cover by ALBERT NUETZELL (Warren / May 1968)
cover by KEN KELLY
(Ibero Mundial De Ediciones / Spain / September 1971)
cover by ENRICH (Semic Press / Netherlands / )
cover by REED CRANDALL (Warren / October 1975)
CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE
cover by RICHARD CORBEN (Toutain Editor / Spain / 1980)
cover by SEGRELLES (Campus Editions / France / March-April 1981)
cover by RICHARD CORBEN (Volksverlag / Germany / 1981)
EDGAR ALLAN POE / CREEPY SPECIAL
cover by RICHARD CORBEN (Semic Press / The Netherlands / 1982)
The Cask Of Amontillado!" made its appearance in the 2nd collection-- oddly enough, with the SAME cover painting from the issue it originally appeared in.
CREEPY ARCHIVES Volume 2
cover by FRANK FRAZETTA (Dark Horse / December 2008)
Scan of CREEPY #6 (1965) from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scans of CREEPY #6 (1965) interiors from The Golden Age blog.
Scan of CREEPY #20 (1968) from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of VAMPUS #1 (1971) from the GCD site.
Scan of MACABRE #1 (1973) from the Eboek site.
Scan of CREEPY #74 (1975) from the Heritage Auctions site.
Scan of CREEPY RINDE TRIBUTO A EDGAR ALLAN POE (1980)
from the Whakoom site.
Scan of FANTASTIK #21 (1981) from the Bethedique site.
Scan of EDGAR POE (1981) from the Mexifast.com site.
Scan of EDGAR POE (1981) interior page from the Monster Magazine World blog.
Scans of the CREEPY SPECIAL (1982) from the Catawiki.com site.
Scan of CREEPY ARCHIVES Volume Two (2008) from the GCD site.
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at The Poe Museum site.
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at the Biography site.
Read about Reed Crandall at Lambiek Comiclopedia.
Read about Reed Crandall at the Steve Stiles site.
Read about Reed Crandall at the Comic Book Historians site.
Read about Reed Crandall at the Pulp Artists site.
Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Spark Notes.
Read about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO at Cliff Notes.
Read the complete story at the Poe Stories site.
See the AMONTILLADO Gallery of Illustrations.
Audio / Video:
Hear the WEIRD CIRCLE radio episode!
Watch the Bela Lugosi-Romney Brent SUSPENSE TV episode!
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!
Read the Pablo Marcos AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Anne Toulmin-Rothe AMONTILLADO illustrated story!
Read the Reed Crandall TELL-TALE HEART adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall AMONTILLADO adaptation!
Read the Reed Crandall HOP-FROG adaptation!
See the CHRONOLOGICAL list of Edgar Allan Poe stories!
See the ALPHABETICAL list of Edgar Allan Poe stories!
(Continued in Poe 1965, Pt.9)