"The Happiest Day"by EAP

Comics story adaptation, 8 pgs. Appeared first time in Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe #3 (2006). Reprinted B&W in Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe [HC] (2006) and B&W in Haunt of Horror (2009).
Inspiration: Edgar Allan Poe. Story: Rick Dahl. Art: Richard Corben (no signature). Lettering printed (VC's Randy Gentile).

The original poem by Edgar Allan Poe:

Aka "The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour"
First time published in Sept. 15, 1827

The happiest day - the happiest hour
My sear'd and blighted heart hath known,
The highest hope of pride and power,
I feel hath flown.

Of power! said I? yes! such I ween;
But they have vanish'd long, alas!
The visions of my youth have been -
But let them pass.

And, pride, what have I now with thee?
Another brow may even inherit
The venom thou hast pour'd on me
Be still, my spirit!

The happiest day - the happiest hour
Mine eyes shall see - have ever seen,
The brightest glance of pride and power,
I feel - have been:

But were that hope of pride and power
Now offer'd with the pain
Even then I felt - that brightest hour
I would not live again:

For on its wing was dark alloy,
And, as it flutter'd - fell
An essence - powerful to destroy
A soul that knew it well.

Copyright © 2006 Heart-Attack-Series, Ink!,
Created: July 9, 2006. Modified: November 12, 2014.