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Look There, Read: Richard Corben on adapting Edgar Allan Poe

Today at TCJ.com, Richard Corben talks with Joe McCulloch about horror comics, the intricacies of comics colouring, Corben’s longstanding fascination with the work of Edgar Allan Poe, and his new Poe project for Dark Horse. See “And to Have More Control, I Would Have to Do More”: Richard Corben on Adapting Edgar Allan Poe.

“My first intent was to do so called faithful adaptations. But now I feel a ‘faithful’ adaptation is not possible in any medium by anybody. My early impressions of Poe’s work came from Roger Corman’s/Richard Matheson’s versions of some Poe stories. Other than the titles, these films have very little to do with Poe’s stories. After thinking about other possible directions they might have taken, other possible amplifications, they all represent a departure from the original intent. However this certainly won’t stop countless writers and artists (and me) from doing their own take on Poe’s stories. So, resolved not to do ‘faithful’ adaptations, I am freed to let the inspiration flow. Yes, the stories and poems are ‘springboards’ for my interpretations.”
Richard Corben

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Heads Up: Even more Corben from Dark Horse

Available in North American comic shops tomorrow, Dark Horse Presents #9 will include Corben’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The City in the Sea”:

And coming in April, Creepy Comics #8 will have a cover with art by Corben:


“The City in the Sea”
By Edgar Allan Poe

LO! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the dim West,
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest.
There shrines and palaces and towers
(Time-eaten towers that tremble not)
Resemble nothing that is ours.
Around, by lifting winds forgot,
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.

No rays from the holy heaven come down
On the long night-time of that town;
But light from out the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently,
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free:
Up domes, up spires, up kingly halls,
Up fanes, up Babylon-like walls,
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured ivy and stone flowers,
Up many and many a marvellous shrine
Whose wreathëd friezes intertwine
The viol, the violet, and the vine.

Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
So blend the turrets and shadows there
That all seem pendulous in air,
While from a proud tower in the town
Death looks gigantically down.

There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn level with the luminous waves;
But not the riches there that lie
In each idol’s diamond eye,–
Not the gayly-jewelled dead,
Tempt the waters from their bed;
For no ripples curl, alas,
Along that wilderness of glass;
No swellings tell that winds may be
Upon some far-off happier sea;
No heavings hint that winds have been
On seas less hideously serene!

But lo, a stir is in the air!
The wave–there is a movement there!
As if the towers had thrust aside,
In slightly sinking, the dull tide;
As if their tops had feebly given
A void within the filmy Heaven!
The waves have now a redder glow,
The hours are breathing faint and low;
And when, amid no earthly moans,
Down, down that town shall settle hence,
Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,
Shall do it reverence.

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Look Here: TALES AND POEMS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, illustrated by Russell Hoban, Part II

In 1963, The Macmillan Company published Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, with an afterword by Clifton Fadiman and illustrations by Russell Hoban. Hoban died this week of complications from quadruple bypass surgery, but his work as an illustrator, children’s author, and novelist lives on. All of the images in the following online gallery have been scanned by yours truly from a copy of Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe that I bought a few years ago at the annual book sale to benefit the Regina Symphony; I haven’t tried to equalize the space around the images but instead have left them as they appear on the page, printed at variable distances from the gutter. This post is part two of two. Enjoy! And don’t just take. Link.

Look Here: TALES AND POEMS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, illustrated by Russell Hoban, Part I
Look Here: TALES AND POEMS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, illustrated by Russell Hoban, Part II <– YOU ARE HERE


Look Here: TALES AND POEMS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, illustrated by Russell Hoban, Part I
Look Here: TALES AND POEMS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, illustrated by Russell Hoban, Part II <– YOU ARE HERE

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Look Here, Read: “The Masque of the Red Death,” with art by Auraleon

From Vampirella #110 (December 1982), here’s “Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death,” with script by Rich Margopoulos (who makes some ill-advised changes to Poe’s story and in several instances — the final line, for instance — paraphrases Poe’s prose where exact transcription would be a far stronger choice) and art by Auraleon:


Dynamic Entertainment is currently in the process of reprinting Vampirella in a series of hardcover archives. Four volumes are already available, with a fifth due early next year.