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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Classic Comics/Classics Illustrated. #051 - #100 - Elliot Publishing Company


Classics Illustrated is an American comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables, Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad.  Created Classic Comics for Elliot Publishing Company in 1941  and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues.
The series name-changed in March 1947 to Classics Illustrated .
Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. 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.











Links: Classic Comics/Classics Illustrated. #051 - #100 ⇲⇲

Monday, 17 September 2018

Classic Comics/Classics Illustrated. #001 - #050 - Elliot Publishing Company



Classics Illustrated is an American comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables, Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad.  Created Classic Comics for Elliot Publishing Company in 1941  and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues.
The series name-changed in March 1947 to Classics Illustrated .
Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. 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.


Classic Comics

Russian-born publisher Albert Lewis Kanter (1897–1973) 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, books 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. Recognizing the appeal of early comic books, Albert Lewis Kanter believed he could use the new medium to introduce young and reluctant readers to "great literature".





The first five titles were published irregularly under the banner "Classic Comics Presents" while issues six and seven 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. Wartime paper shortages forced Kanter to reduce the 64-page format to 56 pages.

Classic Comics is marked by varying quality in art and is celebrated today for its often garish but highly collectible line-drawn covers. Artists 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.

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. Original edition Classic Comics in Near Mint condition command prices in the thousands of dollars.





Classics Illustrated

The series name-changed in March 1947 to Classics Illustrated with issue 35 The Last Days of Pompeii. In 1948, rising paper costs reduced books to 48 pages. In 1951, line-drawn covers were replaced with painted covers (issue 81), 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 2nd-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, although the Classics Illustrated branding would be used on a series of telemovies produced 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) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1982).


 Artists:

Artists who contributed to Classics Illustrated included Jack Abel, Stephen Addeo, Matt Baker, 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, Norman Saunders, John Severin, Joe Sinnott, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson and George Woodbridge.


[Wikipedia]

Classics Illustrated
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Publication information
Elliot 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

Links: Classic Comics/Classics Illustrated. #001 - #050 ⇲⇲

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Charlton Premiere #19, #01 - #4 (1967-1968) Complete Series [Charlton Comics Collection 37]


Publication Dates:
July 1967 - May 1968
Number of Issues Published:  5 (#19 - #4)
Color:  Color
Dimensions:  Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock:    glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:   Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type:   magazine      

       Tracking

    numbering continues from Marine War Heroes (Charlton, 1964 series) #18  


Script: Joe Gill?, Dick Giordano? Roy Thomas (plot); Grass Green (dialogue),  Steve Skeates
Pencils: Dick Giordano?,  Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (signed),  Marcos Adan (signed),
Charles Nicholas
Inks: Dick Giordano,  Vince Alascia (signed), Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (signed), Grass Green;?, Frank McLaughlin
























Links⇲⇲  Charlton Premiere #19, #01 - #4 


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Marine War Heroes #01 - #18 (1964-1967) Complete Series [Charlton Comics Collection 36]

Publisher: Charlton
Publication Dates: January 1964 – March 1967
Number of Issues Published: 18 (#1 – #18)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues with Charlton Premiere (Charlton, 1967 series) #019

Script: Joe Gill?
Pencils: Dick Giordano?, Charles Nicholas (signed),Jack Keller [as JK], Bill Molno
Inks: Dick Giordano,  Vince Alascia (signed), Jack Keller [as JK], Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio (signed),  Ernie Bache, 






Links: Marine War Heroes #01 - #18

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Battlefield Action #63-#89 (1980) [Charlton Comics Collection 35]


 Charlton, 1980 Series

Publication Dates: July 1980 - November 1984
Number of Issues Published:
    27 (#63 - #89)
Color:
    Color
Dimensions:
    Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:   Glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:  Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:  Was Ongoing
Publication Type:    magazine


 Script:  Joe Gill ?
Scénario : Gill, Joe
Pencils: Art Cappello?, Bill Molno?, Sam Glanzman, Bill Molno,Charles Nicholas,
Inks:  Vince Collett, Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio?, Sam Glanzman,
Jon D'Agostino?, Bill Molno,        Vince Alascia
Letters: Sam Glanzman?,

Tracking
Numbering continues from Battlefield Action (Charlton, 1957 series).









LINKS ⇲⇲: Battlefield Action  #63-#88
 Numbers 89 is still missing

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Battlefield Action #16-#62 (1956) Complete Series [Charlton Comics Collection 34]



 

Publisher: Charlton
Publication Dates: November 1957 – February-March 1966
Number of Issues Published: 47 (#16 – #62)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing
Publication Type: magazine


Script:  Joe Gill ?
  Pencils: Sam Glanzman [as SJG] (signed), Bill Molno, Maurice Whitman (signed)

Inks:  Sam Glanzman [as SJG] (signed), Sal Trapani, Jon D'Agostino?,  
Maurice Whitman (signed), Sal Trapani, Vince Alascia.

Letters:   Jon D'Agostino

Tracking: 

Numbering continues in Battlefield Action (Charlton, 1980 series).
Numbering continues from Foreign Intrigues (Charlton, 1956 series) #15

#16

#17
#62



 




#25


Links: Battlefield Action  #16-#62

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