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Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, with Illustrations

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A book by William B. Jones Jr.

"...a massive research project... His source material is rigorously annotated with identification." --Comics Buyer's Guide # 1457 (October 19, 2001)    "A comprehensive review of the art and careers of the creators... well researched, … see full wiki

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Author: William B. Jones Jr.
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: McFarland & Company
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The "Bible" for Classics

  • Jul 5, 2010
I have been an avid collector of Classics Illustrated (Classic Comics) since I was 8 years old, in 1954. My first Classic was 118 "Rob Roy" and over the years I have collected at least one printing of every Classics Illustrated issue, and one issue of all the Classic Comics. In addition, I think that I have all of the different covers published through the years, and cherish these books highly.

Also, I have the complete collection of Marvel Classics and all of the First Publishing Classics. Now I am in the process of collecting the Papercutz versions of the Classics, a series which appears to still be in production. I also have a few British reprints of original issues, and these are quite interesting.

I've known about this book for a long time, but the price always put me off. Luckily, my son is aware of my Classics connection, and he purchased the book for me for this Fathers' Day. It's one of the best gifts I've ever received! Not only does it give you the complete history of the Kanter family and Gilberton publishing, but each of the artists who contributed are given brief biographies, and we learn which specific books they did, and if it was all or only part, and why certain artists received certain books to do.

There are a series of appendices, the most important one to me being a rundown of each issue, with the writer and artist names, the type of cover, and the number of printings each variation had. I was shocked to see how many one printing issues I had, actually all of them!

If you love these books as much as I do, this is a must buy for you. Don't let the high price deter you; it's a deal at twice that!

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