Illustrated classics

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Illustrated Classics is a series of comics based on works from world literature such as Ivanhoe , Treasure Island or Homer's Odyssey . The booklet series with the subtitle The Most Exciting Stories in World Literature was published by various German publishers between 1952 and 1972 .

German editions

Rudl-Verlag made the first attempts to establish the series in Germany . The first eight issues were published there between 1952 and 1953, including a. Treasure Island as the second issue, and Robin Hood in two parts. The series was based on the American series Classics Illustrated published by Albert Kanter and was produced from 1941 to 1971.

Another series was published from 1956 to 1972. The issues from volume 1 to volume 30 were published by Verlag Internationale Klassiker (Hamburg), volumes from numbers 32 to 114 were published by Bildschriftenverlag (Hamburg), volumes from numbers 115 to 203 (volume 192 never appeared) by Bildschriftenverlag ( Aachen ) and the last two volumes in the Bildschriftenverlag ( Alsdorf ). Several new editions appeared over the years.

The very first editions of Rudl Verlag in Germany did not become popular. They are traded among collectors but at the highest prices for this series (see the German Comic Guide ). Between 1991 and 2002 reprints and previously unpublished new publications of this series were published by Norbert Hethke Verlag .

Since 2012, the series has been continued with new titles by CCH-Verlag and the re-established Bildschriftenverlag ( Hanover ).

US editions

The series appeared from 1941 to 1947 initially under the title Classic Comics . With Volume 35 the title of the series changed to Classics Illustrated . In 1953 the offshoot series Classics Illustrated Junior was launched. The US series ended in 1969.

Individual evidence

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