Classic Comics No. 16: Gulliver's Travels

This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels, published by the Gilberton Company, Inc. in December 1943. Daniel Kushner adapted the novel into comic book form, and Lillian Chesney drew the cover art. The cover depicts Lemuel Gulliver during his voyage to Lilliput, a land filled with people just six inches tall. First published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels was a satirical take on the “travelers tale,” while also commenting on British politics, religious differences, and the true nature of humanity.
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.
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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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