The many faces of Edgar Allan Poe

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Golden Age Comic Book Stories has been spotlighting Poe with all kinds of incredible artwork and a few comics stories.

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The Black Cat (1843)
by Berni Wrightson fromCreepy #62 ~ May/1974

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Berenice (by Archie Goodwin and Jerry Grandenetti from Eerie #11 ~ Sept/1967

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The Cask of Amontillado! by Archie Goodwin and Reed Crandall from Creepy #6 ~ June/1966

BONUS: Harry Clarke, because we can’t resist Harry Clarke!

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Comments

  1. A-rod says:

    They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.
    “The memory of past bliss is the anguish of today…”
    True Dat.

  2. Back when these came out, I used to luvvv Reed Crandall’s artwork. He would draw in such an old fashioned classic pen and ink style.
    My tastes have matured, and I can begin to see a bit more of the vision of Grandenetti’s work now, his was a more impressionistic palette.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Harry Clarke.

    When I was a kid – this was probably 1976, ’77? – there was a series of educational comics with accompanying filmstrips in my fifth-grade classroom – black and white artwork, typeset lettering, paperback bindings, probably published by Scholastic. The artwork was mostly done by Nestor Redondo and artists associated with his studio – E.R. Cruz, Ernie Chua, and the like.

    There was a little book of Poe adaptations – The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit & the Pendulum, and The Cask of Amontillado are the ones I remember, though there may have been others. It was just beautiful work – my first exposure to Poe, and to this day I see those images in my head when I read him.

    I haven’t thought about that little book for a while. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. Bernie Wrightson is tops in my book. I was always astounded by his illustrations for Mary Shelly’s FRANKENSTEIN.

    Odd, that the main character of “The Black Cat” gloats about this “well built” house. Like the main character of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, he wants to gloat instead of just getting the policemen out of the house. I wonder if Poe had read about a true-life criminal who was apprehended by the mere act of shooting off his mouth.

  5. Shawna Gore says:

    Thanks for the nod toward Creepy and Eerie, Heidi. We’re just starting to get going on our press for this program, but for guys like Rich and Al who have posted here, I’ll remind you that Dark Horse is starting its hardcover archive series of Creepy (and starting next year, Eerie) collections this summer. I’m an ardent fan of this stuff myself, having been introduced to it by my dad in the ’70s when I was a little kid. It’s such an honor to be editing these books, I can hardly describe it. And Rich — you’ll be happy to know that later this year, DH is releasing a new hardcover edition of Wrightson’s Frankenstein, reprinting the Marvel original but in a much more beautiful, art-book presentation. Bernie is really excited about the format, not to mention the fact that people who have never seen it will finally have access to it.

  6. Kerry Maxwell says:

    Thanks for showing Mr. Doortree some love! Man, how awesome are this guy’s posts!? If you are going to scan something, do it Doortree style! Grandenetti and Sutton’s Warren stuff was *HUGE* for me, back in the day.

    K

  7. Howie says:

    How can I get a copy of “The Black Cat” comic book? And some of the other Edgar Allen Poe stories? I have a student making a stop-motion short of this, who wants to do a series of Poe stories!
    Many thanks,
    Howie Hoffman
    c/o Multimedia Enrichment Academy
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

  8. Synsidar says:

    Mr. Hoffman, if your student wants an adaptation of “The Black Cat,” perhaps the easiest route would be to buy a book such as the Poe/Grimly Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness from Amazon for $14.00. Any graphic version of the story is going to be an adaptation, without all of the original text. If he wants, say, a copy of CREEPY #62, he should search for comics dealers online who have copies.

    SRS

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