Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Headless Horsemen

Despite what my banner says Halloween is technically over for 2008. But that doesn’t mean there are no tales to tell the day after. Hell no! One of the greatest Halloween tales of them all actually finds it blood curdling conclusion on November 1st (Ichabod’s run-in with the Headless Horseman does happen AFTER midnight on Halloween of course!) and it just so happens we’ve got Washington Irving’s timeless classic right here for you today too... all 22 pages (whew!) from the March 1944 issue of Classics Illustrated #12.
























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TOMORROW: Sleepy Hollow--- One Century later!

12 comments:

todd said...

I had not seen this in twenty-five years. I love everything about it. Classics Illustrated gets a bad rap because of the later stuff, but the early stuff was ahead of its time.

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH TODD, VERY VERY COOL ADAPTATION. INCREDIBLE SPLASH PANEL TOO. AT FIRST I WAS LIKE OH GOD 22 PAGES BUT I STARTED READING IT AND IT MOVED VERY QUICKLY AND WAS JUST LOTS OF FUN. THE BIG PANEL ON PAGE 21 KIND OF GIVES AWAY THE IDEA THAT HORSEMAN WASN'T REALLY SUPERNATURAL (NICE EYE HOLES) BUT STILL SPOOKY AND A GOOD CHOICE FOR THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN.

THANKS FOR POSTING! HOW WAS YOUR HALLOWEEN?

Dane said...

Love the art, and the story was the perfect choice for today.

Hugomarink said...

Excellent story! Don't let the length deter you from reading it. This is a fine read that flows very easily from beginning to end. I suppose that because it is from Classics Illustrated it is not surprising the story is a notch above most of the usual "pre-code" yarns we see, in terms of story crafting and pace, that is.

Bubbashelby said...

Very cool! Thanks for posting it!

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this too. Initially I thought it just looked really long and kind of old fashioned but it was actually really well told and excellently illustrated. How's the Rip VanWinkle story?

Azathoth said...

Super awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Karswell said...

Glad everyone enjoyed this rather lengthy post... and I agree, it's an excellent re-telling of the story. I've also noticed you can watch the great Disney animated feature version "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" ('49) on youtube from a couple different sources as well. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it, it's spooky, masterfully animated, and the music is really really good too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HywQaLI-YU4

The Rip VanWink story in this CI issue is pretty decent too, though doesn't quite meet my horror criteria for posting here.

So how was Halloween? Everyone have a great time? Got any good stories, or take any pix you'd care to share with yer fellow THOIA readers?

Gary D Macabre said...

I love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The headless horseman has always been a favourite of mine, as possibly one of my earliest exposures to Horror, and a fixture of Halloween. Thanks Walt. And thanks Karswell for posting this.

Halloween Spirit said...

Great story . . . I love the headless horseman in all his incarnations.

I've really been enjoying your blog. I'm a fan of golden age comics but am mostly familiar with the super-hero stuff. Love the comics you've been posting. I'll be following along.

Anonymous said...

wow this was a great telling of this classic

trying to get caught up on all the weekend posts today. thanks!

R.E.II said...

this is a classic. I love classics. Thanks