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Classics Illustrated were one of the Best Comic Book Series ever produced. They were comic book adaptions of actual Novels by writers including: Charles Dickens, Washington Irving, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alexander Dumas, Samuel Clemmens (Mark Twain), Edgar Allen Poe, Aurthur Conan Doyle, and many, many others. Putting aside for a moment the beautiful covers (line drawn in the early years and painted in the later), the excellent adaptions, and wonderful interior art these comics LITERALLY (Pun Intended, thank you so very much) helped me get through High school!!! I just could not get through the actual written versions of “All’s Quiet On The Western Front” and “Red Badge Of Courage” but got the CI versions and learned more than enough to pass the tests.
Classics Illustrated began publishing in October of 1941 with the “The Three Musketeers” and continued publishing until the spring of 1969 an their last issue #169 “Negro Americans The Early Years”. In those 28 years they produced 169 different comic books but many of those were reprinted and revised many times with some having as many as 25 different editions.
The above illustration shows the list of titles still available in 1969 just prior to the company ceasing publication.
The idea of the series was to introduce people to the classics in a more visual version in the hopes it would encourage them to read the actual novel. Speaking for myself, it worked more times than not. Thanks to my initial exposure in CI, I regularly was intrigued enough to go to the library and read the real deal.
As a closing note I would like to point out hat Comics Cards And Collectables has a fairly large selection of this comic book series in stock should you like to drop in and check them out.