Classics Illustrated

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Classics Illustrated

A Cultural History

By William B. Jones, Jr.

McFarland & Company, Hardcover, 9780786438402, 381pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2011

From 1941 to 1971, the well-loved yet controversial Classics Illustrated series brought abridged, comics-style versions of literary masterpieces such as Homer's Odyssey, Shakespeare's Macbeth, Melville's Moby Dick, Shelley's Frankenstein, and Wells' The Time Machine to millions worldwide. Founded by Russian Jewish immigrant Albert Kanter at the dawn of the "Golden Age" of comics, the series used the comic-book form to introduce young readers to the works of great authors. The restoration of the series in 2003 reenergized the brand and introduced the series to a whole new generation of readers.