Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hop Frog by Edgar Allan Poe

A nicely done pre-code comic book adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's Hop-Frog; Or, The Eight Chained Ourangoutangs, written towards the end of Poe's life and originally published in March, 1849 (click HERE for more interesting tidbits about it.)

From the February 1954 issue of Nightmare #11.









10 comments:

Ger Apeldoorn said...

You should show this to Craig. It could be a very early Angelo Torres story.

Mestiere said...

I wasn't familiar with this story. It's surprisingly mean spirited. Not only does Hop-Frog murders them but he humiliates them by having them dress as "orangoutangs". And since "orangoutangs", contrary to orangutans, seem to have tails, it's even more humiliating.

Who knew that alcohol can make people smarter?

Great art!

Trevor M said...

Angelo Torres! Now I know whom it was that I was thinking of when I read it. Well, whoever it is, they're a very solid illustrator. Nice adaptation of the story. Thanks for posting.

Donald said...

Roger Corman worked this story into his film adaptation of "Masque of the Red Death".

Brian Barnes said...

There's a (IMHO) superior version in Creepy, by Crandall and Goodwin. I love comic adaptations of Poe; as much as I love Poe his writing can read very archaic at times, and the adaptations usually get to the more visceral emotions of the story without the flowery language. I actually like it, but it can be a tiring read.

Poe revenge stories are almost always mean spirited but that's the thing that gives you a good reaction to them.

Turok1952 said...

I was about to mention the story that Brian wrote of. Yes, it was a great adaptation. It seems that there were four bad guys who got torched in that one. It ended, if memory serves, with the jester and the young lady sneaking off into the hills on foot.

It is a bit rough-spirited, but what Poe may have been saying is that one reaps what one sows. I don't blame the jester for torching the royal schmucks...typical arrogance of the unearned-privilege-loving elites. So let them squeal.

JMR777 said...

You could say that Poe got the last laugh or revenge from the beyond. Poe's works are read, published and republished, were made into movies and are enjoyed by millions worldwide while Poe's critics who dismissed his writings are virtually forgotten today.

This was a good adaption to the Poe tale, no sympathy for the villians and escape from slavery for Hop Frog and Tripetta

what no more twinkies? or hostess cupcakes? said...

Haunted Horror number 1 is great is another issue coming out? Also I think I read on this blog your favorite pre code horror publisher was ec comics how come no ec comics on this blog? Also one last thing what would be the best publisher in your opinion besides ec for pre code horror comics. Ace,ajax,avon,comic media,atlas or other company? I just got done reading some issues of weird terror and they did some great work on that book. thanks for all your scans great job you do.

Karswell said...

Thanks for the comments! I'll try to find out who this is, maybe Craig will know or confirm if it is Torres... until then theres another Poe story ready for you-- enjoy!

Haunted Horror #2 in stores in December!

Frank Forte said...

Angelo Torres, huh? the art is top notch. Great poses and a little cartoony too. Love it.