Classics Illustrated

Classics Illustrated is an American comic book/magazine series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables, Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. Since then, the Classics Illustrated brand has been used to create new comic book adaptations. This series is different from the Great Illustrated Classics, which is an adaptation of the classics for young readers that includes illustrations, but is not in the comic book form.

Classics Illustrated
CC No 01 Three Musketeers
Three Musketeers, Issue #1, Classic Comics, published 1941
Publication information
PublisherElliot Publishing Co. (1941–1942)
Gilberton Company, Inc. (1942–1967)
Frawley Corporation (Twin Circle), (1967–1971)
FormatOngoing series
Publication date1941 – 1971
No. of issues169
Creative team
Created byAlbert Kanter
Artist(s)Lillian Chestney, Matt Baker, Jack Abel, Matt Baker, Dik Browne, Lou Cameron, Sid Check, L.B. Cole, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Denis Gifford, Graham Ingels, Alex Blum, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Jack Kirby, Roy Krenkel, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, Norman Nodel, Norman Saunders, John Severin, Joe Sinnott, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson, George Woodbridge

1941–1971: Elliot / Gilberton

Publication history

Classic Comics

Recognizing the appeal of early comic books, Russian-born publisher Albert Lewis Kanter (1897–1973) believed he could use the new medium to introduce young and reluctant readers to "great literature".[1] He created Classic Comics for Elliot Publishing Company in 1941 with its debut issues being The Three Musketeers, followed by Ivanhoe and The Count of Monte Cristo. In addition to the literary adaptations, each issue featured author profiles, educational fillers, and an ad for the coming title. In later editions, a catalog of titles and a subscription order form appeared on back covers.

Classic Comics is marked by varying quality in art and is celebrated today for its often garish but highly collectible line-drawn covers. Original edition Classic Comics in "near mint" condition command prices in the thousands of dollars.

The first five titles were published irregularly under the banner "Classic Comics Presents," while issues #6 and 7 were published under the banner "Classic Comics Library" with a ten-cent cover price. Arabian Nights (issue #8), illustrated by Lillian Chestney, is the first issue to use the "Classics Comics" banner.

With the fourth issue, The Last of the Mohicans, in 1942, Kanter moved the operation to different offices and the corporate identity was changed to the Gilberton Company, Inc.. Reprints of previous titles began in 1943. World War II paper shortages forced Kanter to reduce the 64-page format to 56 pages.

Some titles were packaged in gift boxes of threes or fours during the period with specific themes such as adventure or mystery. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (issue #13) and Uncle Tom's Cabin (issue #15) were both cited in Dr. Fredric Wertham's infamous 1954 condemnation of comic books Seduction of the Innocent.

Classics Illustrated

With issue #35 in March 1947 (The Last Days of Pompeii) the series' name was changed to Classics Illustrated. In 1948, rising paper costs reduced books to 48 pages. In 1951 (issue #81), line-drawn covers were replaced with painted covers, and the price was raised from 10 cents to 15 cents, (and, at a later date, to 25 cents). In addition to Classics Illustrated, Kanter presided over its spin-offs Classics Illustrated Junior (1953), Specials, and The World Around Us. Between 1941 and 1962, sales totaled 200 million.


The publication of new titles ceased in 1962 for various reasons. The company lost its second-class mailing permit and cheap paperbacks, Cliff's Notes, and television drew readers away from the series. Kanter's last new title was issue #167 Faust (August 1962) though other titles had been planned. These titles appeared in the company's foreign editions.

In 1967, Kanter sold his company to Catholic publication Twin Circle and its publisher Patrick Frawley, whose Frawley Corporation brought out two more titles but mainly concentrated on foreign sales and reprinting older titles. After four years, Twin Circle discontinued the line because of poor distribution. Since the series' demise, various companies have reprinted its titles. By the early 1970s, Classics Illustrated and Junior had been discontinued.


Artists who contributed to Classic Comics include Lillian Chestney (Arabian Nights, issue #8, and Gulliver's Travels, issue #16), Webb and Brewster (Frankenstein, issue #26), Matt Baker (Lorna Doone, issue #32), and Henry Carl Kiefer (second cover for The Prince and the Pauper, issue #29, cover for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, issue #33, and the first Classics Illustrated issue The Last Days of Pompeii, issue #35). Oliver Twist (issue #23) was the first title produced by the Eisner & Iger shop.

Artists who contributed to Classics Illustrated included Jack Abel, Stephen Addeo, Matt Baker, Charles J. Berger, Dik Browne, Lou Cameron, Sid Check, L.B. Cole, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Denis Gifford, Graham Ingels, Henry C. Kiefer, Alex Blum, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Jack Kirby, Roy Krenkel, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, Norman Nodel, Rudolph Palais, John Parker, Norman Saunders, John Severin, Joe Sinnott, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson and George Woodbridge.

Classics Illustrated Junior

Classics Illustrated Junior featured Albert Lewis Kanter's comic book adaptations of fairy and folk tale, myth and legends. In 1953, Classics Illustrated Junior debuted with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; the line eventually numbered 77 issues, ending publication in 1971. Issues included miscellanea such as an Aesop fable and a full-page illustration to color with crayons. Artists included John Costanza and Kurt Schaffenberger.

1990–1991: First Comics

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Publication information
PublisherFirst Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateFeb. 1990 – June 1991
No. of issues27
Creative team
Artist(s)Kyle Baker, Pat Boyette, Rick Geary, Gary Gianni, Peter Kuper, Tom Mandrake, Dean Motter, Mike Ploog, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, John K. Snyder III, Dan Spiegle, Joe Staton, Jill Thompson, Ricardo Villagran, Gahan Wilson
Editor(s)Wade Roberts (issues #1–17), Valarie Jones (issues #18–25), Byron Erickson (issues #26–27)

In 1988 First Comics partnered with Berkley Publishing to acquire the rights, and announced it was reviving the Classics Illustrated brand with all-new adaptations.[2] In 1990 (after some delays),[3] Classics Illustrated returned after a nearly 30-year hiatus, with a line-up of artists that included Kyle Baker, Dean Motter, Mike Ploog, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, Joe Staton, Rick Geary and Gahan Wilson.

The line lasted only a little over a year, publishing 27 issues. Titles solicited but never published were Kidnapped, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Red Badge of Courage, The War of the Worlds, Around the World in Eighty Days, and The Last of the Mohicans.[4] (Kidnapped, adapted by Mike Vosburg, was later published by Papercutz in 2012.)

1997–1998: Acclaim Books

In 1997–1998, Acclaim Books (the successor to Valiant Comics) published a series of recolored reprints of the Gilberton issues in a digest size format with accompanying study notes by literary scholars. The Acclaim line included Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with art by Frank Giacoia, and The Three Musketeers, illustrated by George Evans. The series favored Mark Twain with reprints of Pudd'nhead Wilson, The Prince and the Pauper and Tom Sawyer. Other reprints in this series were Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables. The series lasted 62 issues, with three of the final four issues being all-new adaptations (with art by, among others, Pat Broderick, Jamal Igle, Ralph Reese, and Mike DeCarlo.)

2008–2014: Papercutz

In 2007, Papercutz acquired the Classics Illustrated license and announced that they would begin publishing new graphic novels ("Classics Illustrated Deluxe") as well as reprints of the First Comics series from 1990–1991. The new modern adaptations were largely produced in France; Papercutz published 12 volumes — including The Wind in the Willows, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — from 2008 to 2014.

The First Comics reprint series of adaptations was published by Papercutz in a different order from the originals and emphasized some of the later, low-circulation volumes. 19 issues were published (out of the original 27) from 2008 to 2014.[5]

Digital editions

In 2011, Marblehead, Massachusetts-based Trajectory, Inc. issued the first digital editions of Gilberton Classics Illustrated regular and Junior lines. In 2014, Trajectory, Inc. was granted the exclusive worldwide rights to produce, distribute and license the brand.

International editions

United Kingdom

Thorpe & Porter

The British publisher Thorpe & Porter published Classics Illustrated reprints (and a few original stories) from 1951 to 1963. Of the 181 British issues,[6] 13 had never appeared in America. Additionally, there were some variations in cover art. UK issues never published in the United States include Aeneid, The Argonauts, The Gorilla Hunters and Sail with the Devil. The British Classics Illustrated adaptation of Dr. No was never published under the U.S. Classics Illustrated line, but instead was sold to DC Comics, which published it as part of their superhero anthology series, Showcase.[7] (The comic followed the plot of the film with images of the film's actors rather than Ian Fleming's original novel.) Thorpe & Porter was bought by DC Comics in 1965.[8]

Classic Comic Store

In September 2008, Classic Comic Store Ltd., based in the U.K., began publishing both the original Gilberton Classics Illustrated regular and Junior lines for distribution in the U.K., Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The issue number sequence is different from the original runs, although the Junior series was in the same sequence as the original, but with numbering starting at 1 instead of 501. The covers were digitally 'cleaned up' and enhanced, based on the original US covers. In September 2009, Classic Comic Store Ltd announced that although they would continue to publish the Classics Illustrated titles, they were no longer publishing the Junior series after issue 12, but rather importing the issues from Canada. This meant that the numbers used would be as per the Canadian issues (i.e. the first one imported would be issue 513). In October 2012 (when issue 44 had been despatched), Classic Comic Store Ltd no longer continued with a subscription service in the UK, because of the costs involved. The company told subscribers that they were planning on producing four issues at a time, but not on a specified time scale. The first of these batches (issues 45-48) was produced in October 2013. The second batch (49, 57–62) was available in August 2016 (although the issues stated "First Published May 2016"). The gap (50–56) was a result of the artwork for them being unavailable to Classic Comic Store in refreshed form – the intention being to publish them at a future date.[9]

New publications for Classic Comic Store editions:

  • July 2011: Nicholas Nickleby (issue #32) became the first new title in the 48-page series since Gilberton's 1969 publication of #169 (Negro Americans: The Early Years). The artwork came from the November 1950 Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated edition of Nicholas Nickleby and retained the original Gustav Schrotter interior art.[10]
  • October 2012: The 39 Steps (issue #44) became the second brand-new title to the Classics Illustrated canon
  • September 2013: The Argonauts (issue #48) was published – one of 13 which were never issued in the US collection but only in the UK.


In Greece the series is named Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα (Klassiká Eikonografiména, meaning "Classics Illustrated") and has been published continuously since 1951 by Εκδόσεις Πεχλιβανίδη (Ekdóseis Pechlivanídi, Pechlivanídis Publications). It is based on the American series, with the difference that well-known Greek illustrators and novelists work to adapt stories of particular Greek interest. In addition to the titles that were translated from the US Classics Illustrated more than 70 titles were published with themes from Greek mythology and Greek history. Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα are read by thousands of young Greeks, and the first issues are of interest to collectors.

The publishing house of Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα, Εκδόσεις Πεχλιβανίδη (Pechlivanídis Publications), was founded by three brothers of the Πεχλιβανίδης (Pechlivanídis) family from the Greek-speaking parts of Asia Minor: Μιχάλης, Michális, Michael; Κώστας, Kóstas; and Γιώργος, Giórgos, George), collectively known as αδελφοί Πεχλιβανίδη (Pechlivanídis brothers). They had extensive experience in publishing from the 1920s, mainly in advertising – but also in children's books after 1936, when Κώστας Πεχλιβανίδης (Kóstas Pechlivanídis) finished his studies in the – then modern – printing techniques in Leipzig .

The Pechlivanídis brothers had inherited the printing press of Bavarian lithographer Grundman – and his experience as well. Having worked for years with offset printing, the Pechlivanídis brothers founded after the war the Εκδόσεις Ατλαντίς (Atlantis Publications) house in order to restart publishing children's books. They had read Classics Illustrated while traveling in the US, and arranged to publish them in Greece as well.

The first issue of Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα was made available on 1 March 1951. It was an adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, and attracted extensive critique in Greece, both positive and negative. It was the first "American" kind of comic in Greece and also the first four-color or tetrachromous offset (with 336 multicoloured illustrations as the front page advertised). Its cost at the time was 4,000 drachmas, and the first edition (90,000 copies) went out of print quickly and was reprinted twice in the following days. (According to Atlantis, it sold about a million copies.)


In 2003, Toronto's Jack Lake Productions revived Classics Illustrated Junior, creating new remastered artwork from the original editions. In 2005, Jack Lake Productions published a Classics Illustrated 50th anniversary edition of The War of the Worlds in both hard and softcover versions. In November 2007, Jack Lake Productions published for the first time in North America Classics Illustrated #170 The Aeneid (originally published in the UK) along with issues #1 The Three Musketeers, #4 The Last of the Mohicans, and #5 Moby Dick.

In October 2016, Jack Lake Productions republished under the Classic Comics banner eleven remastered original Gilberton titles:


Original Eliot/Gilberton run

The authorship is based on the information held by Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Division in their Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection[11][12]

Issue Original publication Title Author
Originally issued as Classic Comics titles
1 October 1941 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas, père
2 December 1941 Ivanhoe Walter Scott
3 March 1942 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, père
4 August 1942 The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
5 September 1942 Moby Dick Herman Melville
6 October 1942 Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
7 December 1942 Robin Hood (Uncredited; based in part on Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle)
8 February 1943 Arabian Nights ---
9 March 1943 Les Misérables Victor Hugo
10 April 1943 Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
11 May 1943 Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
12 June 1943 Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman Washington Irving
13 August 1943 Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
14 September 1943 Westward Ho! Charles Kingsley
15 November 1943 Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
16 December 1943 Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
17 January 1944 The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
18 March 1944 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo
19 April 1944 Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
20 June 1944 The Corsican Brothers Alexandre Dumas, père
21 July 1944 Three Famous Mysteries (The Sign of the Four, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Flayed Hand) Arthur Conan Doyle/Edgar Allan Poe/Guy de Maupassant
22 October 1944 The Pathfinder James Fenimore Cooper
23 July 1945 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
24 September 1945 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Mark Twain
25 October 1945 Two Years Before the Mast R. H. Dana Jr.
26 December 1945 Frankenstein Mary W. Shelley
27 April 1946 The Adventures of Marco Polo ---
28 June 1946 Michael Strogoff Jules Verne
29 July 1946 The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain
30 September 1946 The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
31 October 1946 The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
32 December 1946 Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
33 January 1947 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (A Study in Scarlet, The Hound of the Baskervilles) Arthur Conan Doyle
34 February 1947 Mysterious Island Jules Verne
Issued as Classics Illustrated titles
35 The Last Days of Pompeii Edward Bulwer-Lytton
36 Typee Herman Melville
37 The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
38 The Adventures of Cellini John Addington Symonds
39 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
40 Mysteries (The Pit and the Pendulum, The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall, The Fall of the House of Usher) Edgar Allan Poe
41 Twenty Years After Alexandre Dumas, père
42 The Swiss Family Robinson Jonathan Wyss
43 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
44 Mysteries of Paris Eugene Sue
45 Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
46 Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
47 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
48 David Copperfield Charles Dickens
49 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
50 Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
51 The Spy James Fenimore Cooper
52 The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne
53 Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
54 The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, père
55 Silas Marner George Eliot
56 Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
57 The Song of Hiawatha Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
58 The Prairie James Fenimore Cooper
59 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
60 Black Beauty Anna Sewell
61 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
62 Western Stories (The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat) Bret Harte
63 The Man without a Country Edward Everett Hale
64 Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
65 Benjamin Franklin - Autobiography Benjamin Franklin
66 The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade
67 The Scottish Chiefs Jane Porter
68 Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
69 Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne
70 The Pilot James Fenimore Cooper
71 The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
72 The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman
73 The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas, père
74 Mr Midshipman Easy Frederick Marryat
75 The Lady of the Lake Walter Scott
76 The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
77 The Iliad Homer
78 Joan of Arc ---
79 Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
80 White Fang Jack London
81 The Odyssey Homer
82 The Master of Ballantrae Robert Louis Stevenson
83 The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
84 The Gold Bug and Other Stories Edgar Allan Poe
85 The Sea Wolf Jack London
86 Under Two Flags Ouida
87 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
88 Men of Iron Howard Pyle
89 Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky
90 Green Mansions W H Hudson
91 The Call of the Wild Jack London
92 The Courtship of Miles Standish and Evangeline Longfellow
93 Pudd'nhead Wilson Samuel L Clemens
94 David Balfour Robert Louis Stevenson
95 May 1952[13] All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
96 Daniel Boone John Bakeless
97 King Solomon's Mines H. Rider Haggard
98 The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
99 Hamlet William Shakespeare
100 Mutiny on the Bounty Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
101 William Tell Frederick Schiller
102 The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
103 Men Against the Sea Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
104 Bring 'Em Back Alive Frank Buck
105 From the Earth to the Moon Jules Verne
106 Buffalo Bill ---
107 King — of the Khyber Rifles Talbot Mundy
108 Knights of the Round Table (Uncredited; based in part on The Story of King Arthur and his Knights by Howard Pyle)
109 Pitcairn's Island Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
110 A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
111 The Talisman Walter Scott
112 The Adventures of Kit Carson Edward Ellis
113 The Forty Five Guardsmen Alexandre Dumas, père
114 The Red Rover James Fenimore Cooper
115 How I Found Livingstone Henry M Stanley
116 The Bottle Imp (also The Beach of Falesá) Robert Louis Stevenson
117 Captains Courageous Rudyard Kipling
118 Rob Roy Walter Scott
119 Soldiers Of Fortune Richard Harding Davis
120 Hurricane Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
121 Wild Bill Hickok ---
122 The Mutineers Charles Boardman Hawes
123 Fang and Claw Frank Buck
124 The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
125 The Ox-Bow Incident Walter Van Tilburg Clark
126 The Downfall Émile Zola
127 The King of the Mountains Edmond About (translated by Mary Louise Booth)
128 Macbeth William Shakespeare
129 Davy Crockett ---
129A December 1955[14] The Story of Jesus ---
130 Caesar's Conquests (see also Caesar's Civil War) Julius Caesar
131 The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
132 The Dark Frigate Charles Boardman Hawes
132A June 1956[14] The Story of America ---
133 The Time Machine H. G. Wells
134 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
135 Waterloo (novel) Chatrian Erckmann
135A December 1956[14] The Ten Commandments (Tie-in with the Cecil B. DeMille movie)
136 Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
137 The Little Savage Frederick Marryat
138 Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
138A June 1957[14] Adventures in Science ---
139 Reign Of Terror G. A. Henty
140 On Jungle Trails Frank Buck
141 Castle Dangerous Walter Scott
141A December 1957[14] The Rough Rider "Prepared in cooperation with the Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Commission."
142 Abraham Lincoln ---
143 Kim Rudyard Kipling
144 First Men in the Moon H. G. Wells
144A June 1958[14] Blazing the Trails West (Chapters: "Gold, Fur and Freedom" ; "Daniel Boone" ; "The Lewis and Clark Expedition" ; "The Santa Fe Trail" ; "Fur and Mountains" ; "Kit Carson" ; "Texas and the Alamo" ; "The Mexican War.") ---
145 The Crisis Winston Churchill
146 With Fire and Sword Henryk Sienkiewicz
147 Ben Hur Lew Wallace
147A December 1958[14] Crossing the Rockies ---
148 Buccaneer Based on the Cecil B. DeMille film, which was in turn based on the novel Lafitte the Pirate by Lyle Saxon
149 Off on a Comet Jules Verne
150 The Virginian Owen Wister
150A June 1959[14] Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Chapters: "March to Fort Whoop-Up"; "Pony soldiers"; "Indians and outlaws"; "Unrest and rebellion"; "Patrolling the prairies"; "The gold rush"; "Into the far North"; "The modern Mountie"; "Manhunt!"; "Molding a Mountie") ---
151 Won by the Sword G. A. Henty
152 Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
153 The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
153A December 1959[14] Men, Guns and Cattle ---
154 The Conspiracy of Pontiac Francis Parkman
155 The Lion of the North G. A. Henty
156 The Conquest of Mexico Bernal Diaz Del Castillo
156A June 1960[14] The Atomic Age ---
157 The Lives of the Hunted Ernest Thompson Seton
158 The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas, père
159 The Octopus Frank Norris
159A December 1960[14] Rockets, Jets and Missiles ---
160 The Food of the Gods H. G. Wells
161 Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
162 Robur the Conqueror Jules Verne
162A June 1961[14] The War between the States ---
163 The Master of the World Jules Verne
164 The Cossack Chief Nikolai Gogol
165 The Queen's Necklace Alexandre Dumas, père
165A December 1961[14] To the Stars ---
166 Tigers and Traitors Jules Verne
166A 1962[14] World War II ---
167 Faust Goethe
167A July 1962[14] Prehistoric World ---
168 In Freedom's Cause G. A. Henty
169 Negro Americans, the Early Years ---

First Comics run

The authorship is based on the Grand Comics Database.[15]

Issue Pub. date Title Author Adaptation Illustrator
1 Feb. 1990 The Raven and Other Poems Edgar Allan Poe Gahan Wilson Gahan Wilson
2 Feb. 1990 Great Expectations Charles Dickens Rick Geary Rick Geary
3 Feb. 1990 Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll Kyle Baker Kyle Baker
4 Feb. 1990 Moby-Dick Herman Melville Dan Chichester & Bill Sienkiewicz Bill Sienkiewicz
5 Mar. 1990 Hamlet William Shakespeare Steven Grant Tom Mandrake
6 Mar. 1990 The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne P. Craig Russell Jill Thompson
7 Apr. 1990 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas (père) Steven Grant Dan Spiegle
8 Apr. 1990 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson John K. Snyder III John K. Snyder III
9 May 1990 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Mike Ploog Mike Ploog
10 June 1990 The Call of the Wild Jack London Charles Dixon Ricardo Villagran
11 July 1990 Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving Jeffrey Busch Jeffrey Busch
12 Aug. 1990 The Island of Doctor Moreau H. G. Wells Steven Grant Eric Vincent
13 Sept. 1990 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë Rick Geary Rick Geary
14 Oct. 1990 The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe P. Craig Russell P. Craig Russell and Jay Geldhof
15 Nov. 1990 The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories]] O. Henry Gary Gianni Gary Gianni
16 Dec. 1990 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Joe Staton Joe Staton
17 Jan. 1991 Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson Pat Boyette Pat Boyette
18 Feb. 1991 The Devil's Dictionary and Other Works Ambrose Bierce Gahan Wilson Gahan Wilson
19 Feb. 1991 The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad John K. Snyder III John K. Snyder III
20 Mar. 1991 The Invisible Man H. G. Wells Rick Geary Rick Geary
21 Mar. 1991 Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand Peter David Kyle Baker
22 Apr. 1991 The Jungle Books Rudyard Kipling Jeffrey Busch Jeffrey Busch
23 Apr. 1991 Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe Sam Wray Pat Boyette
24 May 1991 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge Dean Motter Dean Motter
25 May 1991 Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott Mark Wayne Harris Ray Lago
26 June 1991 Aesop's Fables Aesop Eric Vincent Eric Vincent
27 June 1991 The Jungle Upton Sinclair Peter Kuper Peter Kuper

PapercutzClassics Illustrated Deluxe graphic novels

Volume Pub. date Title Author Adaptation Illustrator(s)
1 2008 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Michael Plessix Michael Plessix
2 2008 Tales from the Brothers Grimm The Brothers Grimm Mazan, Philip Petit, and Cecile Chicault Mazan, Philip Petit, and Cecile Chicault
3 2009 Frankenstein Mary Shelley Marion Mousse Marion Mousse
4 2009 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Jean-David Morvan and Frederique Voulyze Severine Le Fevebvre
5 2010 Treasure Island[16] Robert Louis Stevenson David Chauvel Fred Simon
6 2011 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas (père) Jean-David Morvan and Michel Dufranne Rubén
7 2011 Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne Loïc Dauvillier Aude Soleilhac
8 2012 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens Loïc Dauvillier Olivier Deloye
9 2012 Scrooge: A Christmas Carol and "Mugby Junction" Charles Dickens Rodolphe Estelle Meyrand
10 2013 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and Other Tales Edgar Allan Poe Jean-David Morvan and Corbeyran Fabrice Druet and Paul Marcel
11 2014 The Sea-Wolf Jack London Riff Reb's Riff Reb's
12 2014 The Monkey God Wu Cheng'en Jean-David Morvan and Yann Le Gal Jian Yi

Classic Comic Store [UK], 2008 run

The authorship is based on the information held by Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections Division in their Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection[11][12] and/or the copyright information inside the books.

The titles and publication dates are obtained from a personal collection.[17]

Issue Publication Date Title Author US Issue
1 October 2008 The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells 124
2 November 2008 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens 23
3 December 2008 Robin Hood (Uncredited)[18] 7
4 January 2009 The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas 54
5 February 2009 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare 134
6 March 2009 Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne 138
7 April 2009 Les Misérables Victor Hugo 9
8 May 2009 The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling[19] 83
9 June 2009 Mutiny on the Bounty Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall 100
10 July 2009 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 59
11 August 2009 Knights of the round table (Uncredited)[20] 108
12 September 2009 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë 39
13 October 2009 Frankenstein Mary W. Shelley 26
14 November 2009 The Time Machine H. G. Wells 133
15 December 2009 Christmas Carol Charles Dickens 53
16 January 2010 Moby Dick Herman Melville 5
17 February 2010 Macbeth William Shakespeare 128
18 March 2010 The Invisible Man H. G. Wells 153
19 April 2010 Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 19
20 May 2010 Great Expectations Charles Dickens 43
21 June 2010 Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson 64
22 July 2010 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 49
23 August 2010 Black Beauty Anna Sewell 60
24 September 2010 Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson 46
25 October 2010 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas 1
26 November 2010 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea Jules Verne 47
27 December 2010 Ben Hur Lew Wallace 147
28 January 2011 The Last Days of Pompeii Edward Bulwer-Lytton 35
29 February 2011 Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott 2
30 March 2011 Julius Caesar William Shakespeare 68
31 May 2011 Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne 69
32 June 2011 Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens New title[10]
33 August 2011 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 13
34 October 2011 The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper 4
35 November 2011 Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 6
36 December 2011 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo 18
37 January 2012 A Study in Scarlet (also contains The Speckled Band) Arthur Conan Doyle 110
38 February 2012 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas 3
39 April 2012 Hamlet William Shakespeare 99
40 May 2012 David Copperfield Charles Dickens 58
41 June 2012 First Men in the Moon H. G. Wells 144
42 July 2012 The Ox-Bow Incident Walter Van Tilburg Clark 125
43 September 2012 Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe 10
44 October 2012 The 39 Steps John Buchan New title[21]
45 September 2013 Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard 161
46 September 2013 The Gold Bug and Other Stories (consists of The Gold-Bug, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado) Edgar Allan Poe 84
47 September 2013 Off on a Comet Jules Verne 149
48 September 2013 The Argonauts Apollonius of Rhodes Not issued in the US[22]
49 August 2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare 87
50 May 2018[23] The Downfall Émile Zola 126
51 May 2018[23] The Iliad Homer 77
52 May 2018[23] The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle 33[24]
53 May 2018[23] The Odyssey Homer 81
54 To be decided[9] Tom Sawyer Mark Twain 50
55 To be decided[9] The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope 76
56 October 2017[25] All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque 95
57 August 2016 Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes 45
58 August 2016 The Food of the Gods H.G. Wells 160
59 August 2016 Abraham Lincoln (Uncredited) 142
60 August 2016 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin 65
61 August 2016 Davy Crockett[26] David Crockett 129
62 August 2016 Rob Roy Sir Walter Scott 118
63 March 2017 Buffalo Bill William F. Cody[27] 106
64 March 2017 The Adventures of Kit Carson (Uncredited)[28] 112
65 March 2017 The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman 72
66 March 2017 The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper 37
67 March 2017 Wild Bill Hickok (Adapted by) Ira Zweifach 121
68 October 2017[25] Daniel Boone John Bakeless 96
69 October 2017[25] Joan of Arc (Adapted by) Samuel Willinsky 78
70 October 2017[25] The Song of Hiawatha Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 57
71 October 2017[25] The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo 71

In other media

The Classics Illustrated branding was on a series of television films produced from 1977 to 1982 by Schick Sunn Classics:

  • Last of the Mohicans (1977)
  • Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (1978)
  • The Time Machine (1978)
  • The Deerslayer (1978)
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980)
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1981)
  • Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981)
  • The Fall of the House of Usher (1982)

References in popular culture

  • In the film Major League, Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) reads the Classics Illustrated edition of Moby Dick in an effort to impress his former girlfriend, Lynn (Rene Russo) in the hopes that he might win her back (which he eventually does). Later on in the movie, other teammates like Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), and Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen) start reading other Classics Illustrated titles, such as The Song of Hiawatha, The Deerslayer, and Crime and Punishment.
  • A copy of the Classics Illustrated version of David Copperfield figures in the film Heaven Help Us. At one point, the character Caesar (Malcolm Danare) is baffled by why a book report written by his friend Rooney (Kevin Dillon) contains continued references to W.C. Fields instead of Wilkins Micawber. Rooney responds by displaying the cover of the comic book, which depicts Fields as Mr. Micawber, based on his role in the 1935 film.
  • Classics Illustrated #108, Knights of the Round Table (June 1953, Gilberton) is mentioned in the Warner Bros./CW show Supernatural, season 8, episode 21: "The Great Escapist" (written by Ben Edlund, original air date 1 May 2013). Hero Sam Winchester, ill and delirious, recalls to his brother Dean the memory of Dean reading the story to him when they were both small children. Sam laments that as he thought of the knights' purity, it made him realize that, even though he was a child, he was impure – and that he always knew deep down he was impure.
  • In Arundhati Roy's book The God of Small Things (1997), "Rahel wasn't sure what she suffered from, but occasionally she practised sad faces, and sighing in the mirror.//'It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done,' she would say to herself sadly. That was Rahel being Sydney Carton being Charles Darnay, as he stood on the steps, waiting to be guillotined, in the Classics Illustrated comic's version of A Tale of Two Cities."

Cover gallery

CC No 01 Three Musketeers

Three Musketeers
Issue #1.

CC No 02 Ivanhoe 2

Issue #2.

CC No 05 Moby Dick

Moby Dick
Issue #5.

CC No 07 Robin Hood

Robin Hood
Issue #7.

CC No 08 Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights
Issue #8.

CC No 09 Les Miserables

Les Misérables
Issue #9.

CC No 10 Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe
Issue #10.

CC No 11 Don Quixote

Don Quixote
Issue #11.

CC No 12 Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle
Issue #12.

CC No 14 Westward Ho

Westward Ho!
Issue #14

CC No 16 Gullivers Travels

Gulliver's Travels
Issue #16.

CC No 17 Deerslayer 2

The Deerslayer
Issue #17.

CC No 19 Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn
Issue #19.

CC No 21 Three Famous Mysteries

Three Famous Mysteries
Issue #21.

CC No 22 Pathfinder

Issue #22.

CC No 23 Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist
Issue #23.

CC No 28 Michael Strogoff

Michael Strogoff
Issue #28.

CC No 30 Moonstone

The Moonstone
Issue #30.

CC No 31 Black Arrow

The Black Arrow
Issue #31.

CC No 32 Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone
Issue #32.

CC No 34 Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island
Issue #34.

See also

Other companies or series producing comic adaptations of literature:

  • Classical Comics — British publisher producing graphic novel adaptations of the great works of literature, including Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, and Charles Dickens
  • Graphic Classics — American anthology series produced since 2002
  • Joyas Literarias Juveniles — from the Spanish publisher Editorial Bruguera, produced 270 adaptations of classic stories from 1970-1983. 28 of these have been translated into English and published as King Classics.
  • Marvel Classics Comics — Marvel Comics successor to Classics Illustrated that operated 1976–1978, reprinting some Pendulum Press titles and do a number of their own original adaptations
  • Marvel Illustrated – Marvel Comics imprint founded in 2007 specializing in comic book adaptations of literary classics
  • PAICO Classics — Indian series from the mid-1980s reprinting Pendulum Press's titles from the 1970s
  • Pendulum Press – picked up comic book adaptations of classic literature in 1973
  • Self Made Hero — British company producing adaptations of literature, including some of the same Shakespeare plays as Classical Comics


  1. ^ Sawyer, Michael. "Albert Lewis Kanter and the Classics: The Man Behind the Gilberton Company," The Journal of Popular Culture, Spring 1987, Vol. 20, p. 1–18.
  2. ^ "First Comics Revives Classics Illustrated," The Comics Journal #120 (March 1988), p. 12.
  3. ^ "First Comics Revives Classics Illustrated in January," The Comics Journal #132 (November 1989), p. 23.
  4. ^ "Classics Illustrated: First, 1990 series," Grand Comics Database. Accessed Jan. 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "Classics Illustrated (2007)". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  6. ^ When reprinting issues, some issues were dropped, resulting in multiple issues, such as two versions of #152.
  7. ^ Showcase #43 (March-April 1963).
  8. ^ "Thorpe & Porter," Grand Comics Database. Accessed Jan. 31, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c From an email in August 2016 from Classic Comic Store: "The only reason we have jumped over numbers 50-56 is simply that the artwork for them isn’t yet available to us in refreshed form, so we decided to press on with the artwork we do have available. We fully intend to get them refreshed and fill in the gap as soon as we’re able to."
  10. ^ a b From the issue's introduction: "Classic Comic Store has now added the [November 1950 Famous Authors Illustrated] edition of Nicholas Nickleby to the Classics Illustrated series as issue No. 32, the first title in the 48 page series since the 1969 publication of No. 169, Negro Americans:The Early Years. Nicholas Nickleby retains the 1950 [Gustav] Schrotter interior art." ("Introduction". Classics Illustrated (UK). No. 32. Classic Comic Store Ltd. June 2011. p. 48.)
  11. ^ a b "Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection: Classics Illustrated (1-100)". Special Collections Division: Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  12. ^ a b "Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection: Classics Illustrated (101-169)". Special Collections Division: Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  13. ^ "GCD :: Issue :: Classics Illustrated #95 [O] - All Quiet on the Western Front". Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Artist directory for Special Issues and World Around Us". Classics Central. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Classics Illustrated: First, 1990 series," Grand Comics Database. Accessed Jan. 30, 2019.
  16. ^ Translated and reprinted from L'Île au trésor, de Robert Louis Stevenson (Delcourt, 2007–2009).
  17. ^ For published issues, the titles and publication dates are obtained from the personal collection of Wikipedia editor "Phantomsteve". Future issue details are from the "in the coming months" list on the back of the most recently published issue (and/or from subscriber letters detailing future issues).
  18. ^ Based in part on Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  19. ^ Because of a printing error, first run prints of this Classics Illustrated wrongly attributed the story to Jules Verne instead of Rudyard Kipling in the copyright details in the inside cover
  20. ^ Based in part on The Story of King Arthur and his Knights by Howard Pyle
  21. ^ From the subscriber's letter: "Collectors among you may notice that number 44, John Buchan's The 39 Steps, is our second brand new title to the Classics Illustratedcanon, after introducing Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby as number 32"
  22. ^ This is a title (one of 13) which were never issued in the US collection, but only in the UK.("Classics Illustrated History". Classic Comic Store. Retrieved 12 November 2012. In the UK, thirteen titles were produced that were never published in America including The Aeneid, The Argonauts...) This is the first such title to be published in the new UK collection.
  23. ^ a b c d In an email sent out on 16 January 2018, Classic Comic Store announced "There are now 4 great new Classics Illustrated Replica titles available to pre-order, as we continue to fill in the gap in our numbering - numbers 50-53 now available for pre-order. Shipping begins in May."
  24. ^ Issue 33 in the US series consisted of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles - this UK issue only mentions The Hound - issue 37 of the UK series contains A Study in Scarlet
  25. ^ a b c d e From an email in March 2017 from Classic Comic Store: "The 5 titles this October will be All Quiet on the Western Front, Joan of Arc, The Man Who Laughs, Daniel Boone and The Song of Hiawatha. This will take us to number 71 (with All Quiet as 56)."
  26. ^ Based on A Narrative of the life of Davy Crockett of the State of Tennessee by David Crockett
  27. ^ The credits say "Probably based on An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill by William F. Cody"
  28. ^ Although not credited, this is possibly based on The Life of Kit Carson by Edward S. Ellis


  • Goulart, Ron. Great American Comic Books. Publications International, Ltd., 2001.
  • Jones, William B., Jr., Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, with Illustrations (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2002). Second edition, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7864-8840-7
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  • Overstreet, Robert M.. Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. House of Collectibles, 2004.
  • Richardson, Donna "Classics Illustrated." American Heritage, Vol. 44.3, May/June 1993.
  • Classic Comics at the Grand Comics Database
  • Classics Illustrated (1941) at the Comic Book DB
  • Classics Illustrated Junior (1953) at the Comic Book DB
  • Classics Illustrated (1990) at the Comic Book DB

External links

Albert Kanter

Albert Kanter (April 11, 1897 - March 17, 1973) was the creator of Classics Illustrated and Classics Illustrated Junior. Kanter began creating Classic Comics with The Three Musketeers in October, 1941. His renditions of classic novels in comic book form popularized classic tales for a younger audience.

Alex Blum

Alexander Anthony Blum (February 7, 1889 – September 1969) was a comic book artist best remembered for his contributions to the long-running comic book series Classics Illustrated (1941–1971). Born in Hungary, into a Jewish family, Blum studied at the National Academy of Design in New York before signing-on with the Eisner & Iger shop. In the 1930s and 1940s, his work appeared in Fox Comics, Quality Comics, and Fiction House. He later illustrated twenty-five Classics Illustrated titles as well as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the debut issue of Classics Illustrated Junior. Blum died in 1969 in Rye, New York.

Bruno Premiani

Giordano Bruno Premiani (January 4, 1907 – August 17, 1984) was an Italian illustrator known for his work for several American comic book publishers, particularly DC Comics. With writer Arnold Drake, he co-created that company's superhero team the Doom Patrol.

Classics Illustrated Junior

Classics Illustrated Junior is a comic book series of seventy-seven fairy and folk tale, myth and legend comic book adaptations created by Albert Lewis Kanter as a spin-off of his flagship comic book line Classics Illustrated.

Dr. No (comics)

Dr. No (or Doctor No) is a comic book by Norman J. Nodel. It is a loose adaptation of the eponymous James Bond film released in 1962, which in turn is inspired by the novel by Ian Fleming. It was first published in the United Kingdom in Classics Illustrated #158A.

Fast Fiction

Fast Fiction was a market stall, magazine, mail order distributor and news sheet that played a key role in the history of British small press comics. It existed in its various forms from 1981 through to 1990 under the stewardship of Paul Gravett, Phil Elliott and Ed Pinsent.

The name was taken from a Classics Illustrated knock-off spotted in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

First Comics

First Comics was an American comic-book publisher that was active from 1983 to 1991, known for titles like American Flagg!, Grimjack, Nexus, Badger, Dreadstar, and Jon Sable. Along with competitors like Pacific Comics and Eclipse Comics, First took early advantage of the growing direct market, attracting a number of writers and artists from DC and Marvel to produce creator-owned titles, which, as they were not subject to the Comics Code, were free to feature more mature content.

Gilberton (publisher)

The Gilberton Company, Inc. () was an American publisher best known for the comic book series Classics Illustrated. Beginning life as an imprint of the Elliot Publishing Company, the company became independent in 1942, before being sold to the Frawley Corporation in 1967. The company ceased publishing in 1971.

Gray Morrow

Dwight Graydon "Gray" Morrow (March 7, 1934 – November 6, 2001) was an American illustrator of comics and paperback books. He is co-creator of the Marvel Comics muck-monster the Man-Thing and of DC Comics Old West vigilante El Diablo.

Green Mansions

Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest (1904) is an exotic romance by William Henry Hudson about a traveller to the Guyana jungle of southeastern Venezuela and his encounter with a forest dwelling girl named Rima.

List of American comics

This is a list of American comics, by publishing company.

Abstract Studios

Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore

Echo by Terry Moore

Rachel Rising by Terry Moore

Motor Girl by Terry Moore

AC Comics

Antarctic Press

Ape Entertainment

Pocket God by Allan Dye and Dave Castelnuovo

Goblin Chronicles by Troy Dye, Tom Kelesides, and Collin Fogel

Arcana Studio

All Fall Down by Casey Jones

Archie Comics

Archaia Studios Press

Critical Millennium

Basement Comics

Beyond Comics

Gekido by Graig Weich & B. Wilson

Code Name: Justice by Graig Weich

Ravedactyl by Graig Weich

Justice by Graig Weich

Gekido vs. Code Name: Justice by Graig Weich & B. Wilson

Blue Juice Comics

The Accelerators by RFI Porto and Gavin Smith

Aether & Empire by Mike Horan and Bong Ty Dazo

Anne Bonnie by Tim Yates

Cellar Door Publishing

Minister Jade

Centaur Publications

Charlton Comics

DC Comics

Dark Horse

Devil's Due

Dumbbell Press

Max Rep in the Age of Astrotitans

EC Comics

Eclipse Comics

Evil Ink Comics

Kill Audio

Evil Twin Comics

Action Philosophers!

Fantagraphics Books

Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware

Eightball by Daniel Clowes

Frank by Jim Woodring

Hate by Peter Bagge

Love and Rockets by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez

Naughty Bits by Roberta Gregory

Palestine by Joe Sacco

Fenickx Productions LLC


First Comics

Flat World Knowledge

Atlas Black: Managing to Succeed

Gilberton Publications

Classics Illustrated

Harris Comics

Harvey Comics

Hermes Press

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Laizen Comics

The Dreamhoppers

Manuscript Press

Comics Revue

Modesty Blaise Quarterly

Marvel Comics

Mirage Studios

Bade Biker & Orson by Jim Lawson

Barabbas by Dan Vado and Gino Atanasio

Bioneers by A.C. Farley

Commandosaurs by Peter Laird

Dino Island by Jim Lawson

Fugitoid by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird

Gizmo by Michael Dooney

Gobbledygook by various artists

Grunts by various artists

Gutwallow by Dan Berger

Hallowieners: Invasion of the Halloween Hot Dogs by Ryan Brown

Hero Sandwich

Melting Pot by Kevin Eastman and Eric Talbot

Mirage Mini-Comics

Paleo by Jim Lawson

Planet Racers by Peter Laird and Jim Lawson

Plastron Cafe by various artists

Prime Slime Tails

The Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli

Rockola by Ryan Brown

Stupid Heroes by Peter Laird

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and related titles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird

Usagi Yojimbo (volume 2) and related titles by Stan Sakai

Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa by Ryan Brown

Xenotech by Michael DooneyNew England Comics

The Tick

Paul the Samurai

Man-Eating Cow

Chainsaw Vigilante

Oni Press

Nicolas Comics

Mr. Grapefruit**


Gad Quad**

Body Guys**

Eohippus And Friends**

College Buddies**

Herman The Hitchiker**

Super Science Squad**Pacific Comics

Poison Press

Cavalcade of Boys

Red Giant Entertainment

Amped by Bryan Augustyn

Arena: Earth

Banzai Girl

The Blood Conspiracy


Catie & Josephine

Crow Scare



Duel Identity


The First Daughter

God Mode


Jade Warriors

Journey To Magika



Last Blood

Legends of the Stargrazers


Medusa's Daughter

Midnight Piano

Modern Magic

Monster Isle by Larry Hama

Mrs. Hero

Pandora's Blogs


The P.S.I.C.E.T. Identity

Roboy Red


Shadow Children


Shockwave Darkside

Sore Thumbs


Teen Angel




Warlords of Oz

Wayward Sons

Wayward Sons: Legends


Renegade Comics

Holiday Out

Ms. Tree

normalman by Jim Valentino

Open Season by Jim Bricker


Shanda Fantasy Arts

Albedo Anthropomorphics by Steve Gallacci

Shanda The Panda by Mike Curtis

Slave Labor Comics

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez

Milk & Cheese by Evan Dorkin

Top Cow Productions

Valiant Comics

Archer & Armstrong



Eternal Warrior

H.A.R.D. Corps


Magnus, Robot Fighter


Psi Lords

Quantum and Woody


The Second Life of Dr. Mirage


Solar Man of the Atom

Turok Dinosaur Hunter


X-O Manowar


Virgin Comics

Zombie Broadway


Marvel Classics Comics

Marvel Classics Comics was an American comics magazine which ran from 1976 until 1978. It specialized in adaptations of literary classics such as Moby-Dick, The Three Musketeers, and The Iliad. It was Marvel Comics' attempt to pick up the mantle of Classics Illustrated, which stopped publishing in 1971. 36 issues of Marvel Classics Comics were published, 12 of them being reprints of another publisher's work.

Papercutz (publisher)

Papercutz Graphic Novels is an American publisher of family-friendly comic books and graphic novels, mostly based on licensed properties such as Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Lego Ninjago. Papercutz has also published new volumes of the Golden Age-era comics series Classics Illustrated and Tales from the Crypt. In recent years they have begun publishing English translations of European (mostly French) all-ages comics, including The Smurfs.


Rima, also known as Rima the Jungle Girl, is the fictional heroine of W. H. Hudson's 1904 novel Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest. In it, Rima, a primitive girl of the shrinking rain forest of South America, meets Abel, a political fugitive. A movie of Green Mansions was made in 1959 starring Audrey Hepburn. In 1974, the character was adapted into the comic book Rima the Jungle Girl, published by DC Comics. Though Rima the Jungle Girl ceased publication in 1975, the comic book version of Rima appeared in several episodes of Hanna-Barbera's popular Saturday morning cartoon series, The All-New Superfriends Hour, between 1977 and 1980.

Sid Check

Sidney Check, also known as Sid Check, (August 2, 1930 – June 19, 2002) was an American comic book artist best known for his stories in EC Comics.

Sidney Charles Check was born on August 2, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey. His parents Abraham Check and Ida Applebaum-Check were Polish immigrants who had come to the United States in 1926. By 1940 he was living in Coney Island, Brooklyn where he befriended Frank Frazetta with whom he would collaborate in comic books a decade later. In 1948 Check graduated from the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan, and the following year he broke into comic books, working with Wally Wood, as well as on solo assignments.

Sid Check was often compared to Wally Wood because of a stylistic resemblance. His work appeared in EC's New Trend titles: Crime SuspenStories, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror and Weird Science. He drew for several Marvel Comics series, including Weird Wonder Tales, Battle Action, Journey into Unknown Worlds. For Magazine Enterprises he contributed to White Indian. He also drew for Classics Illustrated and for Harvey Comics' Tomb of Terror.Apocolytes's World of Comics commented:

Little is known about artist Sid Check, aside from the fact that he was a contemporary of fellow artists Wallace Wood, Joe Orlando and Harry Harrison, among others, in the 50s. When Wood and Orlando began their early art collaborations, Sid Check as well as Harrison were also fellow members of the same art studio. It isn't surprising that all four of them would soon be working for the same publisher, EC Comics, doing work with remarkably similar styles. To the untrained eye, Check's work can often be mistaken for Wood's. Check's art is generally engaging and attractive, if not entirely as well constructed as Wood's art was. Less prolific than Wood certainly, Check's work in comic books was short-lived, from December 1951 through 1958 mostly...

When Check left comic books in 1958 he took up work with the United States Postal Service, though he drew a few stories in the early 1970s for DC Comics' war titles, and spot illustrations for Amazing Stories during the mid-1970s.

He died on June 19, 2002 in Coney Island.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. It is set in the 1840s in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived as a boy. In the novel Tom Sawyer has several adventures, often with his friend, Huck. One such adventure, Tom's whitewashing of a fence, has been adapted into paintings and referenced in other pieces of popular culture. Originally a commercial failure the book ended up being the best selling of any of Twain's works during his lifetime.

The Lady of the Lake (poem)

The Lady of the Lake is a narrative poem by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1810. Set in the Trossachs region of Scotland, it is composed of six cantos, each of which concerns the action of a single day. The poem has three main plots: the contest among three men, Roderick Dhu, James Fitz-James, and Malcolm Graeme, to win the love of Ellen Douglas; the feud and reconciliation of King James V of Scotland and James Douglas; and a war between the lowland Scots (led by James V) and the highland clans (led by Roderick Dhu of Clan Alpine). The poem was tremendously influential in the nineteenth century, and inspired the Highland Revival.

By the late nineteenth century, however, the poem was much less popular. (It continued, however, to be a standard reading in elementary schools until the early twentieth century.) Its influence is indirect: Schubert's Ellens Dritter Gesang (later adapted to use the full lyrics of the Latin Ave Maria), Rossini's La Donna del Lago (1819), the Ku Klux Klan custom of cross burning, the last name of U.S. abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and the song "Hail to the Chief", were all inspired by the poem.

It shares its name with the Arthurian character, the Lady of the Lake. Other allusions to the legend are scant.

The Table (punk band)

The Table were a punk rock band from Cardiff, Wales, best known for their 1977 single "Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)". The band consisted of Russell Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass), Tony Barnes (guitars, bass), Len Lewis (drums) and Mickey O'Connor (guitars).

Young and Barnes had been performing together since 1971 in the band John Stabber, and formed Do You Want This Table (later shortened to The Table) in 1972. However, they did not own any musical instruments, refused to tour, and stated that they were not a "real" band and had no future in the music industry. Despite this, they were signed to Virgin Records and released "Do The Standing Still (Classics Illustrated)", first recorded as a demo in 1975. The single was an NME 'Single Of The Week', rapidly becoming a cult favourite, and subsequently appearing on several punk compilation albums.

Record label pressure saw them reluctantly become a well-received live act. Their uncompromising stance led to disagreements with Virgin, however, and they left, signing to Chiswick Records in 1978 and releasing a second single, "Sex Cells". The band ceased to exist after several line-up changes and a policy of playing increasingly uncommercial and distasteful material. Young's later band, Flying Colours, released a single, "Abstract Art", on the No Records label in 1981. Cardiff band Boy Azooga recorded a cover version of Do The Standing Still in 2018.

Tony Tallarico

Tony Tallarico (born September 20, 1933) is an American comic book artist, and children's book illustrator and author. Often paired in a team with his generally uncredited penciler, Bill Fraccio, Tallarico drew primarily for Charlton Comics and Dell Comics, including, for the latter, the comic book Lobo, the first to star an African-American.

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