Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Poe 1944, Pt. 1

(Continued from Poe 1930)


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!)


cover by LOUIS ZANSKY  (The Deerslayer)  /  (Gilberton  /  January 1944)
"ANNABEL LEE"  /  Version 2
art by ROLLAND LIVINGSTONE  /  Page 52
Page 53
Coppyright (C) The Gilberton Company, Inc.  &  the various artists.

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!

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at The Poe Museum site.
Read about Edgar Allan Poe at the Biography site.

Read about Louis Zansky at the Lambiek Comiclopedia site. 

Read about ANNABEL LEE at LitCharts.
Read the poem at the Poe Stories site.
See the ANNABEL LEE Gallery of Illustrations.

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!
     (Coming soon:)
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!!!  

See the CHRONOLOGICAL list of Edgar Allan Poe stories!
See the ALPHABETICAL list of Edgar Allan Poe stories!

(Continued in Poe 1944, Pt. 2)

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