Classic Comics No. 9: Les Miserables

This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables that was published by the Gilberton Company, Inc. in March 1943. The cover has art by Rolland H. Livingstone that depicts Jean Valjean carrying a wounded Marius through Paris’ sewers as they are pursued by Javert and the French police. The adaptation from the novel was written by Evelyn Goodman, and the issue included a biography of Victor Hugo and a short story called “The Statue of Liberty: A Gift from France.”
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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Dickens, Charles
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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