Classic Comics No. 14: Westward Ho!

This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of Charles Kingsley’s novel Westward Ho! that was published by the Gilberton Company, Inc. in September 1943. The cover art by Allen Simon depicts a fight between the British protagonist Amyas Leigh and his shipmate’s again Spanish seamen. The novel was adapted as a comic book by Dan Kushner. The issue also contained a biography of Kingsley, as well as the stories: “The Railway Train” by Emily Dickinson, “Victory March” by Evelyn Goodman, and “The Cost of Carelessness” by David Butler.
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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