Classics Illustrated

Classics Illustrated : A Cultural History

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A significant expansion of the critically acclaimed first edition, Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, Second Edition, 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 997.9g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 357 photographs (48 in colour)
  • 1476672318
  • 9781476672311
  • 839,327

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this second edition adds some 100 pages of in-depth details, new interviews, and the latest adventures of the especially salient piece of comics culture...chronicles a growing respect for the medium...of interest to comics fans, culture watchers, educators, and high schoolers"" - Library Journal

""highly recommended major revised edition...illuminating...more thorough and more heavily illustrated, than the original...a book to enjoy and appreciate again and again. Our Highest Recommendation"" - Bud Plant, Bud's Art Books

""the appearance (or rather, reappearance, as a second edition) of this volume is an occasion for celebration across the world of comic art scholarship. There are no more than a dozen scholarly works (my favorites include Masters of American Comics, Will Elder: The Mad Playboy of Art, Underground Classics, Jews and American Comics and perhaps, although I am prejudiced, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman) in the field, nearly all of them quite recent. None is as exhaustive for any genre as this. Every reader interested in comic art, will find this volume illuminating. Close readers will find it different, more thorough and more heavily illustrated, than the original. It's a book to enjoy and appreciate again and again."" - Paul Buhle (Jews and American Comics, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman) Swans Commentary

""a comprehensive review of the art and careers of the creators...well researched, documented, and analyzed...important...interesting...highly recommended"" - ARBA

""information is endless...this book encompasses excellent addition to any information"" - Public Library Quarterly

""a massive research project...source material is rigorously identified"" - Comics Buyer's Guide

""fabulous...wonderful. A wealth of information is presented, bolstered by interviews with people, especially artists, who worked on the comics. The book's layout is breathtaking...lavish. The repros of panels and covers are of exceptional quality, clear and crisp...excellent extremely well researched, entertaining volume"" - Classic Images

""Mr. Jones' study represents the best memory book in a long time. Anyone who remembers horse drawn milk trucks, mail deliveries twice a day, faded red enema bags, pin boys at bowling alleys, the St. Louis Browns, and the `cat's meow' will love this book. It is a work of outstanding achievement"" - Film & History

""splendidly readable account...detailed"" - Filmfax

""influence is immeasurable...wonderfully illustrated"" - Hitch

""for millions of American baby boomers, monthly issues of Classics Illustrated were a colorful, exciting gateway to the classics of Western literature"" - The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)

""remarkably well researched...meticulously detail...a beautiful volume...painstakingly, almost lovingly, defines the series' unique place in comic book and cultural history"" - Neighbor News

""entertaining, informative"" - Active Years

""a labour of important work...a reminder of the legacy of Albert Kanter"" - Weekender, Leader-Post

""meticulously indexed...copiously illustrated"" - Reference & Research Book News

""generously illustrated"" - Knowledge Quest.

"To call this a book is to do it a disservice: it is, simply put, an encyclopaedia of the history of the publishing of Classics Illustrated and those who produced it. A great achievement by the author, and kudos to McFarland for the beautiful presentation of the book, complete with many fabulous colour and monochrome illustrations.

A thing of beauty and joy forever." - Hellbound
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About William Bryan Jones

Writer, attorney, and college instructor William B. Jones, Jr., lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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