Classics Illustrated: The Scarlett Letter No. 6Hardback Classics Illustrated Graphic Novels
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- Publisher: Papercutz
- Format: Hardback | 56 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 231mm x 10mm | 272g
- Publication date: 20 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1597071625
- ISBN 13: 9781597071628
- Illustrations note: full colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 316,512
D. H. Lawrence said that there could be no more perfect work of the American imagination than "The Scarlet Letter," which makes it perfect for "Classics Illustrated". P. Craig Russell is known for both his collaborations with best-selling author Neil Gaiman ("The Sandman," "Ramadan") and adaptations of Gaiman's such as "Coraline" and "Sandman: The Endless," all of which makes Russell an inspired choice to adapt "The Scarlet Letter". Jill Thompson, another distinguished Gaiman collaborator (Sandman: "Brief Lives"), working from layouts by Russell, fully paints each page in breath-taking watercolours.
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P. Craig Russell is a multiple Harvey and Eisner award winner who began his work at Marvel and Eclipse Comics, where he wrote a popular adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play "Salome." Other works include "The Magic Flute" for NBM publishing along with Batman (DC Comics), Daredevil (Marvel), Sandman (Vertigo), and Coraline, a best-selling adaptation of Neil Gaiman's picture book (movie scheduled for release in Spring 2009).Jill Thompson is one of the most well-known female comicbook artists in the industry today. Aside from her ongoing comic "Scary Godmother," Jill has illustrated for Marvel (Spiderman), DC Comics (Swamp Thing, Wonderwoman), Topps (The X-Files) and Bongo Comics (Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror).
By Nicola Mansfield 04 Jul 2014
I've read a lot of graphic adaptations of classic literature but this is the first time I've read one that I haven't read the original novel. I'm working my way through this entire series and there are going to be quite a few where I'll be in this situation. Usually I compare the adaptation to the original. Now I'll be giving my impressions of the story as a first time reader. First of all this is a beautiful book; the illustrations are gorgeous. Thompson has painted each page with luscious watercolours. I've read "The House of Seven Gables" by Hawthorne and absolutely abhorred it so I had no intentions of ever reading this novel or anything others by Hawthorne (though I think "A Wonder-Book for Boys and Girls" is one o the best books of Greek mythology ever written). It was good that I got to experience "The Scarlet Letter" through this format as I immensely enjoyed the story! Of course, I knew the basic adultery, letter "A", plot and guessed right away who she was protecting but I had no idea how much the story focused on what a strong, faithful person Hester was. My previous experience with this series lets me know how true to the originals Papercutz stays and they use a lot of the original text also. However, I'm not sure if I'd be compelled to read the original even at this point as the writing is full of thous, dosts and whences, which I don't need in my life. I'm thoroughly thrilled though to have become acquainted with this classic through such a quality graphic adaptation.