Tuesday, July 06, 2010

F . DE . FELIPE - VICTOR HUGO : The Man Who Laughs


Fernando De Felipe Allué was born in Zaragoza and worked for the magazines Totem and Zona 84, and the publishing house Zinco. Using the penname F. De Felipe for his comics output , he has mainly drawn science-fiction stories . His adaptation of Victor Hugo's 'El Hombre Que Ríe' was published in Zona 84 and in album by Glénat Spain (1991).

He worked with scriptwriters like Oscaraibar ('Nacido Salvaje', 1989, and 'ADN', 1990) and J. Vane ('SOUL', 1991). Other albums by De Felipe include 'Marketing & utopía' (1993) and 'Black Deker' (1995). His work is also published in France by Soleil Productions.

Victor-Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet , playwright , novelist , essayist , visual artist , statesman , human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France.

In France , Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements . Among many volumes of poetry , Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem , and Hugo is sometimes identified as the greatest French poet . Outside France , his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (known in English also as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

Though a committed conservative royalist when he was young , Hugo grew more liberal as the decades passed ; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism , and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time . He is buried in the Panthéon .

Les Misérables
(literally "The Miserable Ones" ; translated variously from the French as The Miserable Ones , The Wretched , The Poor Ones , The Wretched Poor , or The Victims , is a 1862 novel by French author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.

The Man Who Laughs is a novel by Victor Hugo , originally published in April 1869 under the French title L'Homme qui rit. Also published under the title "By Order of the King" . Although among Hugo's most obscure works , it was adapted into a popular 1928 film , directed by Paul Leni and starring Conrad Veidt , Mary Philbin and Olga Baclanova .


1.) In May 1950, the Gilberton publishing company produced a comic-book adaptation of The Man Who Laughs as part of their prestigious Classics Illustrated series. This adaptation featured artwork by Alex A. Blum, much of it closely resembling the 1928 film (including the anachronistic Ferris wheel). The character of Gwynplaine is drawn as a handsome young man, quite normal except for two prominent creases at the sides of his mouth. As this comic book was intended for juvenile readers, there may have been an intentional editorial decision to minimise the appearance of Gwynplaine's disfigurement. A revised Classics Illustrated edition, with a more faithful script by Al Sundel, and a painted cover and new interior art by Norman Nodel, was issued in the spring of 1962. Nodel's artwork showed a Gwynplaine far more disfigured than the character's appearance in either the 1928 film or the 1950 Classics edition.

2.) A second comic book version was produced by artist Fernando de Felipe, published by S. I. ARTISTS and republished by Heavy Metal Magazine in 1994. This adaptation was intended for a mature audience and places more emphasis on the horrific elements of the story. De Felipe has simplified and taken some liberties with Hugo's storyline. His rendering emphasizes the grotesque in Hugo and excludes the elements of the sublime that are equally important in the original.

The Man Who Laughs was
Pyblished in Greece by " Para Pente Comics " 1995 , in Limited Edition Comic Album .

1 comment:

  1. τρελό σκίτσο ο τύπος. τι να λέμε!