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