Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe is a completely revised and expanded second edition of the first volume in the Graphic Classics series.It retains six illustrated presentations from the first edition, including "The Raven", "Hop-Frog" and "The Bells".These are joined by over 80 pages of new art including comics adaptations of "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Masque of the Red Death", "Never Bet the Devil Your Head" and a completely redrawn "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Rick Geary.Additional artists are Richard Sala, Maxon Crumb, J.B. Bonivert, Roger Langridge, Spain Rodriguez, Lisa K. Weber, Juan Gomez, Stanley W. Shaw, Pedro Lopez, John Coulthart, Matt Howarth, Milton Knight and Skot Olsen.Edited by Tom Pomplun.With an introduction by cult favorite and "Bubba Ho-Tep" author Joe R. Lansdale. ... Read more
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Great New Updated 4th Edition
An anthology of graphic adaptations of some of Edgar Allan Poe's works, both short stories and poems. Each story is written/illustrated by different people such as Rick Geary, Carlo Vegara, Matt Howarth and others resulting in a wide variety of artist styles throughout the book. Most of Poe's works collected here are his most famous but there are a few lesser known ones as well.
There are quite a lot of changes to this 4th edition with the removal of, mostly, the shorter lesser known works and the addition of a few poems but especially two major long works. First, but most importantly; all my favourites from the 3rd edition are still present. As I said in that review,
"My favourites were Rick Geary's retelling of "The Tell-Tale Heart" as I am fond of his work. I also enjoyed "The Imp of the Perverse" by Tom Pomplum and Lance Tooks which I had never heard of before. I also enjoyed Pedro Lopez' rendition of "The Cask of Amontillado" as that is one of my favourite Poe stories and the adaptation was well done."
What has been removed are: King Pest, Eldorado (a poem), Spirits of the Dead (a poem), The Masque of Red Death, and Hop-Frog. The only one of these I deeply regret the removal of is The Masque of Red Death and to a much lesser degree Hop-Frog.
The additions are mostly very strong. The Black Cat returns after its removal from the 3rd edition. The two new long pieces are The Pit and the Pendulum and William Wilson. The Pit and the Pendulum is worth the price of admission. It has been incredibly rendered in all its eerie glory by David Hontiveros and Carlo Vergara. Another of my favourite stories that has been presented in a terrifyingly creepy and atmospheric manner. This one joins my favourites in the entire book. William Wilson is a strange story to begin with but the artwork is gorgeously detailed and atmospheric; I love the portrait of Poe on the wall in the last frame. Not one of my favourite stories but adapted to graphic form very well and certainly worth the removal of Hop-Frog. Also new to this addition are the poems In a Sequestered Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd by H.P. Lovecraft, and Annabel Lee. The Raven is not new but the illustrations have been redone by J.B. Bonivert and I have to say I am not pleased with them at all. I don't know what you call this type of art but it is plain weird (almost farcical to me) and totally distracts from the somber, eerie tone of the poem. On the other hand, Bonivert illustrates the new Annabel Lee and is much more successful using a fairy tale theme to the art that grows darker frame by frame.
If you already have a previous volume I think this one is well worth adding to your collection just for the addition of "The Pit and the Pendulum" alone. If you don't have this volume, what are you waiting for? This series is a great way to sample the author's work if you are unfamiliar with it and if you are a fan of Poe's it brings his work to another level by reading it in the graphic format.
A Lot Of Fun
Like the writings of his fellow American fantasists Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.P. Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard, the work of Edgar Allan Poe cries out to be illustrated; so it's no wonder the folks at Eureka Productions chose to begin their series of Graphic Classics with a collection of illistrated tales and poems by this master of the macabre. They've hardly stinted on the talent, either - artists include the great Richard Corben (creator of the character Den seen in the film Heavy Metal (Collector's Edition)), the insane and ingenious Maxom Crumb (known from the excellent Terry Zwigoff film Crumb (Special Edition) and younger brother of underground comix great Robert), and Alan Moore collaborator John Coulthart (The Haunter of the Dark: And Other Grotesque Visions). Award-winning writer Joe R. Landsdale (The Bottoms) provides the introduction.
This collection strikes me as an incredibly useful book - teachers can use it as a remarkably faithful and accessible introduction to one of the giants of American literature; comics fans, to introduce themselves to a marvellous storyteller; and Poe aficianados can see some the greatest talents currently working in the fields of comics and illustration. Oh... and if you're somebody who just enjoys a good scary story, you'll have a lot of fun with this, too - and who doesn't like a good scary story?
Great artistry behind one of the best poets of modern time.My personal favorite, The Raven, was put into wonderful artistic views.A must have for any Poe Fan.
Edgar Allan Poe Rocks!
Edgar Allan Poe Graphic Classics
Okay, I get the point.Having read all of Tom Pompluns' classic compilations, I have often thought `Why not get mainstream artists?I'm sure John Byrne would do one for him?Hey, Steranko?What about Wiacek?Or Perez?'.But, call me slow, this collection of stories has opened the door.
The tales he has chosen to adapt, and the artists he has assigned the work to, work.Why?In a twisted way, the sheer esoteric nature of the Poe, Twain, Stevenson, Doyle, Bierce, and Lovecraft stories match the highly stylized artwork from Geary, Weber, Howarth, Knight, Shaw and others.Put a story like King Pest into the hands of Frank Brunner, and you have a masterful piece, that may miss the off mark.Brunner is fantasy.Pest is satire, at its' best.Neal Adams doing the Cask of Amontilado would be a visual feast, but the art would overshadow the terror of the story.Some of the art in this volume does not necessarily make the tale sing, but it does put the onus onto the writer and as a team, it either does, or does not work.
Most of these work.This volume includes The Premature Burial, Imp of the Perverse, King Pest, The Tell Tale Heart, Masque of the Red Death, Hop Frog, Never Bet the Devil Your Head, Cask of Amontilado, Fall of the House of Usher, and the Raven.A couple of these are reprints but 40 of the 144 pages are new.Because of the new material, the book has a `new' feel to it.
Of the stories here, I had never heard of half of them.King Pest is a hoot.Hop Frog is delightful.The Imp of the Perverse is perverse.And the Premature Burial is masterful.Material from a genius like Poe should never be forgotten.
What the heck Tom, I bet Steranko would do a cover!!
Gothic comics - An outstanding blend of words and pictures
Edgar Allan Poe is a natural choice as the first volume of the Graphic Classics volumes, a series partially inspired by the Classic Illustrated collection of comic books, which attempted to lure young readers into reading respectable, "classic" authors through the comics medium. This new incarnation, however, takes an entirely different tact, combining fantastic literary stories with equally talented artists for something that is far more entertainment than education.
Also, while these are "comic books," the illustrators are far more "New Yorker" than "Fantastic Four." Creative, individualistic and highly stylized, each artist leaves their own distinctive mark on their story, creating a unique experience, a collaboration between author and artist.
This 3rd Edition of "Graphic Classics: Volume 1 - Edgar Allan Poe" assembles nine short stories and three poems of the master, including his most famous works as well as some less well-known. Each is given a different treatment, ranging from illustrated text pieces to full comic strips. Each is of very high quality, making this book highly recommended.
Included in this volume are:
"The Tell-Tale Heart" - My first Edgar Allan Poe story, that I was assigned to read in Jr. High School, is still a provocative and powerful piece. Artist Rick Geary gives us a straight-forward rendition, including a lovingly detailed picture of The Eye.
"King Pest" - A story of plague-ridden London, where two hapless sailors find themselves guests at the table of the King and Queen of pestilence.Anton Emdin's grotesque illustrations add a nice comic flair to the tale.
"The Premature Burial" - A claustrophobic tale of fear of premature burial, and how we often create the demon's that haunt us.Joe Ollman does a splendid job of creating atmosphere, and the panic of being buried alive.
"El Dorado" - This one I liked a lot. A semi-humorous cartoons style brings the point of the sad poem home even more fiercely.
"Spirits of the Dead" - A surrealistic adaptation of a quiet Poe poem, ruminating on death.
"The Imp of the Perverse" - Like "The Tell-tale Heart," a story of the sting of guilt, and how a perfect murder is never as perfect as we would like to think.
"The Raven" - A new adaptation of Poe's masterpiece, this is an assemble version with a different artist doing a different stanza.It comes off beautifully, allowing Poe's words to be the true star of the show.
"The Masque of the Red Death" - A text-and-pictures adaptation,full of the stunning delights of Propero's hidden Bohemia, and the plague of the Red Death that intrudes on their party.
"Never Bet the Devil Your Head" - A wild and funny adaptation of a wild and funny story. An excellent ending.
"Hop-Frog" - The text is presented in its entirety, and the artists is so completely well-suited to this story that I think I will forever see the foolish fat king and his eight fat friends as portrayed by artist Lisa K. Weber.
"The Cask of Amontillado" - My favorite Poe story is well treated, keeping the essential dialog and tension, even while being distilled down to a few pages.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" - Mostly a text-and-pictures piece with some dialog, the artist captures the haunted Roderic Usher's lonely fate. As well as his sisters'.
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