Classic Comics No. 18: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, published by the Gilberton Company, Inc. in March 1944. Evelyn Goodman adapted the novel for Classic Comics and Allen Simon drew the cover art. The cover features an oversized Quasimodo dealing with a mob surrounding the Notre Dame cathedral.
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.
Object Name
comic book
date made
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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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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