Classics Illustrated

Classics Illustrated Cthulhu

I stumbled upon the image above recently and instantly assumed that it was a modern interpretation of the classic Lovecraft character, wrapped up with fake cover design. Imagine my surprise when I looked further and found that ‘Classics Illustrated’ was a comic book series that did exactly what its title suggested.

Published between 1941 and 1971, the series produced 169 issues in America and a few more in international markets and featured some stunning cover artwork. Below are two more that caught my eye.

Classics Illustrated Frankenstein
Classics Illustrated Time Machine

The series might have ended its original run more than 40 years ago but it is definitely not forgotten. As well as modern re-prints, re-interpretations and numerous pop-culture references, the series has recently been ‘attacked’ by IDW with their Classics Obliterated parody for the Mars Attacks comics.

Classics Mars Attacks

You can find a lot more about the series at Classics Central.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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One thought on “Classics Illustrated

  1. Max Power says:

    I nearly got detention in my freshman English class when I was reading from my old man’s copy of the Classics Illustrated A Tale of Two Cities instead of the novel.

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