Classics Illustrated Comics & Classics Illustrated Junior 246 Issues on 2 DVDs For Sale
Classics Illustrated Comics & Classics Illustrated Junior 246 Issues on 2 DVDs:
Classics Illustrated Comics & Classics IllustratedJunior Comics 246 Issues on 2 DVD Set PDF Files
2 DVD Set has 169 Issues of Classics Illustrated Comics and77 Issues of Classics Illustrated Junior.All issues are individual PDF files. These vintage comics are a greatlearning tool for teachers.
According to Wikipedia:
Classics Illustrated is an American comic book/magazineseries featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables,Moby-Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series beganpublication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1969, producing 169 issues.Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. Sincethen, the Classics Illustrated brand has been used to create new comic bookadaptations. This series is different from the Great Illustrated Classics,which is an adaptation of the classics for young readers that includesillustrations, but is not in the comic book form.
Recognizing the appeal of early comic books, Russian-bornpublisher Albert Lewis Kanter (1897–1973) believed he could use the new mediumto introduce young and reluctant readers to "great literature". Hecreated Classic Comics for Elliot Publishing Company in 1941 with its debutissues being The Three Musketeers, followed by Ivanhoe and The Count of MonteCristo. In addition to the literary adaptations, each issue featured authorprofiles, educational fillers, and an ad for the coming title. In latereditions, a catalog of titles and a subscription order form appeared on backcovers.
Classic Comics is marked by varying quality in art and iscelebrated today for its often garish but highly collectible line-drawn covers.Original edition Classic Comics in "near mint" condition command pricesin the thousands of dollars.
The first five titles were published irregularly under thebanner "Classic Comics Presents," while issues #6 and 7 werepublished under the banner "Classic Comics Library" with a ten-centcover price. Arabian Nights (issue #8), illustrated by Lillian Chestney, is thefirst 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 waschanged to the Gilberton Company, Inc. Reprints of previous titles began in1943. World War II paper shortages forced Kanter to reduce the 64-page formatto 56 pages. Some titles were packaged in gift boxes of threes or fours duringthe 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 1954 condemnation of comicbooks Seduction of the Innocent, in the first case for reducing the story tolittle more than its violent elements, and in the second case for simplifyingthe full characterizations of the book to stereotypes.
With issue #35 in March 1947 (The Last Days of Pompeii) theseries' name was changed to Classics Illustrated. In 1948, rising paper costsreduced books to 48 pages. In 1951 (issue #81), line-drawn covers were replacedwith 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 presidedover its spin-offs Classics Illustrated Junior (1953), Specials, and The WorldAround Us. Between 1941 and 1962, sales totaled 200 million.
Artists who contributed to Classic Comics include LillianChestney (Arabian Nights, issue #8, and Gulliver's Travels, issue #16), Webband 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 ClassicsIllustrated 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 JackAbel, Stephen Addeo, Matt Baker, Charles J. Berger, Dik Browne, Lou Cameron,Sid Check, L.B. Cole, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Denis Gifford, GrahamIngels, Henry C. Kiefer, Alex Blum, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Jack Kirby, RoyKrenkel, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, Norman Nodel, Rudolph Palais, John Parker,Norman Saunders, John Severin, Joe Sinnott, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson andGeorge Woodbridge.
Classics Illustrated Junior
Classics Illustrated Junior featured Albert Lewis Kanter'scomic book adaptations of fairy and folk tale, myth and legends. In 1953,Classics Illustrated Junior debuted with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; theline eventually numbered 77 issues, ending publication in 1971. Issues includedmiscellanea such as an Aesop fable and a full-page illustration to color withcrayons. Artists included John Costanza and Kurt Schaffenberger.
Classics Illustrated Junior is a comic book series ofseventy-seven fairy and folk tale, myth and legend comic book adaptationscreated by Albert Lewis Kanter as a spin-off of his flagship comic book lineClassics Illustrated.
Published by Famous Authors, Ltd. (The Gilberton Company,Inc.), the series kicked off in October 1953 with an adaptation of the GrimmBrothers' Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs illustrated by Alex Blum. The series'last original issue was The Runaway Dumpling, issue 577 of 1962. The seriesceased publication in Spring 1971. Published monthly, issues cost slightly morethan other comic books of the time with a 15 cent cover price rather than theusual 10 or 12-cents. Close to the end of publication in 1971, prices jumped to25-cents. At its peak, in 1960, Classics Illustrated Junior's average monthlycirculation was 262,000.
Issues included among their contents features such as comicsadaptations of Aesop Fables (usually two to three pages), a limerick by EdwardLear, a Mother Goose rhyme, or poem from Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child'sGarden of Verses (one page), and a one-page factual article about a bird,beast, or reptile. As the publisher allowed only in-house advertising in hisbooks, the back cover interior sometimes offered a catalog of titles and asubscription order form. First editions included a "Coming NextMonth" ad and a dot-to-dot puzzle on the inside front cover. The interiorof the back cover featured a "Color this Picture with your Crayons"full-page line-drawn illustration of a scene from the tale. The exterior of theback cover often depicted a full-page color illustration from the tale. Artistsincluded John Costanza, Kurt Schaffenberger, L. B. Cole and Graham Ingels.Unlike other comic book publishers, Kanter reprinted his titles regularly andthe line was distributed abroad.
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