Issue 1, March 1995, Dark Horse Comics ($2.95)
editor, Bob Schreck, Harlan Ellison, and Anina Bennett; logo & publication design, Cary Grazzini
front cover, Michael Whelan;
story behind the cover, “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral: Part Two”
story, Harlan Ellison; art, Eric Shanower;
color, Rachelle Menashe; letters, Sean Konot
Other credits after the break
“I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream” Part One
art and adaption, John Byrne; color, Chris Chalenor
adaption, Diana Schutz; art, Teddy Kristiansen
adaption, Max Alan Collins;art, Craig Elliot
letters, Sean Konot
The “Story Behind The Cover” for this issue, “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral,” is continued from the Dream Corridor Special. The first half based on a cover by Stephen Hickman, while part two is based on this issue’s cover by Michael Whelan.
This issue features the beginning of an adaption, “I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream,” that resulted in a small amount of disagreement between the adaptor, John Byrne, and Ellison. Because of this, the actual text of the story is reprinted alongside the adaptation in each issue.
“John Byrne wanted to adapt ‘I Have No Mouth” and he did, but being John Byrne, instead of treating the story with… not exactly a reverence, but a certain fidelity to the material — because it’s such a well-known story — John decides to do a John. If you remember the story, it takes place inside this giant computer, and the caverns are hundreds of miles in diameter. Well, John made it look like it took place in your kitchen. What I decided to do was run the actual story, the parallel amount of story for the amount of pages in each issue. John’s done it in four parts and with each part, there’s the original story as it was published. The story appears on one side, on one page, and then there’s five or six pages of John’s art, with balloons and the whole thing … The text that text that precedes it is the section of the original story that parallels what John has done. It’s sequential art, the way he does Next Men, only you’ve got two versions of it: You’ve got my version and his version”
Harlan Ellison, Hero Illustrated, 22, April 1995, pp 24, 26
It is also the only story not to be included in the Dream Corridor Vol. 1 collection. “I Have No Mouth” also inspired the 1996 computer game of the same name which is advertised on the back cover of this issue.
- “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral: Part Two” appears here for the first time. “Part One” was featured in the Dream Corridor Special, and the complete story appeared in the Dream Corridor Special, Second Edition, as well as the collection Dream Corridor Vol. 1. The complete story was subsequently included in the collection Slippage, 1997.
- “I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream” first appeared in If, Mar ’67 and is included in the collections I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, 1967; Alone Against Tomorrow; All the Sounds of Fear, 1973; The Fantasies of Harlan Ellison, 1979; The Essential Ellison, 1987; and Dreams with Sharp Teeth, 1991.
- “Knox” first appeared in Crawdaddy, Mar ’74 and is included in the collections Approaching Oblivion, 1974; and The Essential Ellison, 1987.
- The story “Turnpike” first appeared in Adam Bedside Reader, December 1966 and is included in the collection Gentleman Junkie, 1961.
- “Midnight In The Sunken Cathedral: Part Two” is reprinted in Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Special, Second Edition (Dark Horse, 1995).
- “Midnight…”, “Knox,” “Turnpike,” and the Framing Sequence are reprinted in Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Vol. 1 (Dark Horse, 1996).
- This is the only appearance of “I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream: Part One”