Classic Comics No. 3: The Count of Monte Cristo

This issue of Classic Comics, published by the Elliot Publishing Company in March 1942, features an adaption of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. The cover art by Ray Ramsey features the novel’s protagonist, Edmund Dantès, as the Count of Monte Cristo striding across as beach festooned with gold and treasure chests. The comic contains a version of The Count of Monte Cristo as well as a short story about the “Important Milestones in the Life of Napoleon.”
Classic Comics was a series of comic book adaptations of literary classics published from 1941 until 1971. The series aimed to expose young people to classic literature through the more popular medium of a comic book. Classic Comics was first published by Elliott Publishing in 1941, but founder Albert Kanter spun off publishing to the Gilberton Company in 1942. In 1947 Classic Comics became Classics Illustrated. Kanter sold the company to the Frawley Corporation in 1967, who published the series until 1971.
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Gilberton Company, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 in; 19.05 cm x 25.4 cm
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Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer
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National Museum of American History


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