HARLAN ELLISON’S DREAM CORRIDOR SPECIAL

Harlan Ellison

February 1995, Dark Horse Comics ($4.95)

editor, Bob Schreck & Harlan Ellison; logo & book design, Richard Bruning

front cover, Stephen Hickman; back cover, Overton Loyd;
story behind the cover, “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral: Part One”;
poster insert, Jil Bauman

[Framing Sequence]

story, Harlan Ellison; art, Eric Shanower;
color, James Sinclair; letters, Sean Konot

Other credits after the break

“Quicktime”

adaptation, Len Wein; pencils, Pat Broderick; inks, Ralph Cabrera;
color, Matt Hollingsworth; letters, Sean Konot

“The End of the Time of Leinard”

adaptation, Faye Perovich; art, Doug Wildey; letters, L. Lois Buhalis

“Rat Hater”

adaptation, Faye Perovich; art, Michael T. Gilbert;
color, Marcus David; letters, Sean Konot

“If This Be Utopia”

art & adaption, Phil Foglio; with Matt Howarth;
color, Marcus David; letters, Sean Konot

“On The Slab”

adaptation, Faye Perovich; art, Gary Gianni;
color, James Sinclair; letters, Sean Konot

About

Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Special is the first in the Dream Corridor series. It was followed by Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor #1-6 (1995), Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Quarterly #1 (1996), Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Vol. 1 (1996), and Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Vol. 2 (2007).

Each issue featured adaptations of Ellison’s short stories by a variety of writers and artists, along with a framing sequence starring HE in the role of narrator. The framing sequences were written by Harlan with art Eric Shanower.

The other regular feature of Dream Corridor were the original cover paintings and the “Story Behind The Cover” feature. Each issue would feature a new cover painting which Harlan Ellison would then use as the basis for an original short story that would be printed in that issue. The Special featured a new cover by Stephen Hickman which, along with Michael Whelan’s cover to Dream Corridor #1, inspired the story “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral” which ran in two parts between the two issues.

Original Stories

  • “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral,” first appears in this comic, and was subsequently included in the collection Slippage, 1997.
  • The story “Quicktime” first appeared in Omni Oct ’85 and is included in the collection Angry Candy, 1988
  • The story “The End of the Time of Leinard” first appeared in Famous Western, Apr ’58 and is included in the collections Over the Edge, 1970; and Edgeworks 1, 1996
  • The story “Rat Hater” first appeared in Manhunt, August 1956 and is included in the collection The Deadly Streets, 1958
  • “If This Be Utopia…” first appeared in Fantastic, December 1957 under the pseudonym E.K. Jarvis
  • “On The Slab” first appeared in Omni, Oct ’81 and is included in the collection Angry Candy, 1988

Other Editions

Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Special (2nd Print),
February 1995, Dark Horse Comics

  • The 2nd printing includes all the contents in the first with a few minor fixes and inclusions.
  • The same front cover and internal stories
  • “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral,” originally serialized between the Special & the First regular issue is published in it’s entirety.
  • Michael Whelan’s cover for the first regular issue, the “Cover” behind the second half of “Midnight” is published as the back-cover.
  • Overton Loyd’s original back-cover art is printed as the inside front cover, although in black-in-white.
  • A new interview with Ellison, by Dark Horse editor Jaime S. Rich, is included.
  • The two illustrations by Jill Bauman, included originally as a poster insert, are published between “Midnight” and the interview.
  • To address these slight differences, Ellison’s dialogue is changed slightly in two places: immediately after the point where, in the first edition, the Bauman poster was inserted and in the last panel before “Midnight”.

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