“The Fall of the House of Usher”
The original pages 26 and 27 (left and center); the censored German version page 26 (right) [VERS.2].
28 pgs. Appeared first time [COLOR] in A Corben Special #1 (1984). Reprinted [COLOR] in Edgar Allan Poe (1985).
Story: Edgar Allan Poe. Color(colored by overlays): Herb & Diana Arnold. Adapt/Art: Richard Corben (no signature). Lettered by printed.
France [FRA]: as “La Chute de la Maison Usher”, as a 3 part serial in Spécial USA [II] #12 to #14/15 (1985), and as one in La chute de la maison Usher (1987).
Germany [GER]: as “Der Untergang des Hauses Usher”, in Gespenster-Geschichten präsentiert #4: Edgar Allan Poe [GER] (1986) [VERS.2].
Italy [ITA]: as “La rovina della casa Usher”, as a 4 part serial in L’Eternauta #28 to #31.
Spain [SPA]: as “La caída de la casa Usher”, as a 4 part serial in Creepy [SPA] #59 (1984) to #62 (1984), as one in Richard Corben obras completas #4 (1985).
Style: Black line, full color by overlays. Genre: Horror. Time Span: Gothic past. Nudity: Almost full frontal (voluputuous girl on pgs 10, 12, 14–15, 18, 22, 26, 27).
Keywords: Horse. Haunted house. Ghostly sick sister. Family mausoleum.
Origin: Edgar Allan Poe short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”.
Synopsis: Last member of Usher family asks his friend for company. Friend meets Usher girl, whose brother claims her to be sick. Soon sister dies, but Usher’s family meets their prediction.
Comment: Edgar Allan Poe’s powerful story gets a brilliant comics version by Corben. Herb and Diana Anrold’s gloomy color work is without saying impressive. All pages have grey background instead of paper white. There goes also a lot of frames out of paper edge on left and right. Because of Album‘s (1985) page is more wider than Comic Book‘s (1984), you can see more art in Album version on both sides.
Version, [VERS.2]: In German version Corben’s The Fall of the House of Usher cover was too much and they ordered Turkish artist Ertugrul Edirne to repaint the cover. Likewise they combine pages 26 and 27 as one by erasing the most crucial moment. They replace the first frame from pg 26 with pg 27 first frame and erase all the rest. I.e. the German version is one page shorter than the original.
The original Richard Corben cover on the left; the German version replacement by Turkish artist Ertugrul Edirne.
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Created: September 4, 1997. Last updated: May 26, 2019 at 18:17 pm