Classic Comics No. 12: Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman

This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow published by the Gilberton Company, Inc. in June 1943. The cover has art by Rolland H. Linvingstone that depicts Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman followed by the ghosts of Henry Hudson’s crew. Irving’s two stories were adapted by Dan Levin in this edition. The issue also included a biography of Irving, as well as the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lloyd Tennyson.
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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