Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, 2d ed.

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McFarland, Nov 15, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages
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A significant expansion of the critically acclaimed first edition, Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, 2d ed., carries the story of the Kanter family's series of comics-style adaptations of literary masterpieces from 1941 into the 21st century. This book features additional material on the 70-year history of Classics Illustrated and the careers and contributions of such artists as Alex A. Blum, Lou Cameron, George Evans, Henry C. Kiefer, Gray Morrow, Rudolph Palais, and Louis Zansky. New chapters cover the recent Jack Lake and Papercutz revivals of the series, the evolution of Classics collecting, and the unsung role of William Kanter in advancing the fortunes of his father Albert's worldwide enterprise. Enhancing the lively account of the growth of "the World's Finest Juvenile Publication" are new interviews and correspondence with editor Helene Lecar, publicist Eleanor Lidofsky, artist Mort Kunstler, and the founder's grandson John "Buzz" Kanter. Detailed appendices provide artist attributions, issue contents and, for the principal Classics Illustrated-related series, a listing of each printing identified by month, year, and highest reorder number. New U.S., Canadian and British series have been added. More than 300 illustrations--most of them new to this edition--include photographs of artists and production staff, comic-book covers and interiors, and a substantial number of original cover paintings and line drawings.
 

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

This is a very dense account of the enterprise, too dense for me. Details about the publisher, the artists, the management, history, etc. I read the intro and the epilog. The idea of encouraging ... Read full review

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User Review  - dds1981 - LibraryThing

This book was great fun for a comic nerd like me. Classics Illustrated were among some of the first comics I read, although I learned by reading this book that I was on the very tail end of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
I Albert Kanters Dream
9
II Of Musketeers and Mohicans
17
III Louis Zansky
26
IV Eccentricity Abounding
35
V Arnold Lorne Hicks
42
Between pages 48 and 49 are eight pages containing 22 color plates
41
VI Enter Iger
49
Between pages 200 and 201 are eight pages containing 22 color plates
200
XIX High Tide and Greenbacks
201
XX Gerald McCann
213
XXI Gray Morrow
217
XXII Robertas Reforms
222
XXIII William E Kanter
240
XXIV Five Little Series and How They Grew
244
XXV Frawleys Folly
270

VII Henry Carl Kiefer and the Classics House Style
63
VIIII Alex A Blum
76
IX A Newer Truer Name
90
X Blood Sweat and Rudy Palais
104
XI Painted Covers and an Extra Nickel
111
XII Maurice del Bourgo
131
XIII Canonical Matters and Classical Curiosities
135
XIV Lou Cameron
144
XV Norman Nodel
153
XVI From the Crypt to the Classics
165
XVII George Evans Reed Crandall and the Tradition of EC Realism
182
XVIII Roberta the Conqueror
197
XXVI Classics Abroad
274
XXVII The Wilderness Years
280
XXVIII Great Expectations
283
XXIX Your Doorway to the Classics
291
XXX Restoration
294
XXXI Classics Collected
299
XXXII Classical Coda
306
Chapter Notes
309
Appendices
317
Bibliography
363
Index
367
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Writer, attorney, and college instructor William B. Jones, Jr., lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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