8 pgs. Appeared first time [COLOR] in Creepy #67 (1974) [VERS.1]. Reprinted [COLOR] in Comix International #2 (1975) [VERS.1], [COLOR] in Edgar Allan Poe (1985) [VERS.2], [COLOR] in Heavy Metal Special: The Best of Richard Corben from Creepy & Eerie! (1998) [VERS.3], [COLOR] in Creepy Presents Richard Corben (2012) [VERS.4], [COLOR] in Creepy Archieves Volume #14 (2012) [VERS.4], and [COLOR] in Dark Horse Horror Sampler (2014).
Story: Edgar Allan Poe, Adapt: Richard Margopoulos, Color(colored by overlays)/Art: Richard Corben (no signature). Lettered by hand (Warren).
Finland [FIN]: as“Korppi” in Shokki tekijänä Richard Corben #2 (2014).
France [FRA]: as “La corbeau” in Creepy [FRA] “annual serie” #25 and Edgar Poe [FRA] (1981) and La chute de la maison Usher (1986).
Germany [GER]: as “Der Rabe” in Edgar Poe [GER] (1981), and in Gespenster-Geschichten präsentiert #4: Edgar Allan Poe [GER] (1986).
The Netherlands [NL]: as “De Raaf” in Creepy [NL] Special: Edgar Allan Poe [NL].
Serbia [SER]: as “Gavran” in Jeznovik #2: Ričard Korben (2013).
Spain [SPA]: as “El cuervo” in Famosos “Monsters” del cine #3 (1975), Creepy [SPA] rinde tributo a Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Corben obras completas #4 (1985).
Yugoslavia [YUG]: as “Gavran”, as 2 part series in color in Stripoteka #730 (1982) to #731 (1982).
Style: Full color by overlays. Genre: Horror. Time Span: Gothic past. Nudity: None (well dressed voluputuous girl on pg 5).
Keywords: Raven. Death. Message. Lost. Snow.
Original Art Plate: 33,40 x 50,5 cm [Source: Angoulême, 2019].
Story Origin: Edgar Allan Poe poem, “The Raven”.
Synopsis: There is tapping on man’s door. Raven flies in and quote, Nevermore. A man is waiting news from his long lost love.
Comment: Corben’s adaptation of Poe’s classic is poetic story and brilliant artwork.
Alternatives, [Vers. 2]: All white texts on black or dark color background are turned to black on white or light color background.
Alternatives, [Vers. 3]: Poorly scanned from magazine (vers.1).
Alternatives, [Vers. 4]: Restored with piety by José Villarrubia.
Special: The story was planned to appear for the first time in Creepy #69 (1975), but because a cofusion of the printer it appeared already in two issues earler (on a place of “Bowser”). Instead in a Special Edgar Allan Poe issue they printed a B&W story “Oval Portrait!”. That is why there was no color section in Creepy #69 (1975). Appeared also in B&W for Haunt of Horror by Max Comics (Marvel), “Raven [II]”, and for Dark Horse, “Raven [III]”.
Corben: “The Raven” was the first Poe adaptation I did for Warren, and probably the best. In reviewing it now, I especially remember this was when I started using live models to draw from. In this case, another comic book artist and my good friend, Herb Arnold, and his wife portrayed the mournful Poe characters. [bloody-disgusting.com]
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Created: August 24, 1997. Last updated: April 12, 2020 at 12:04 pm