Classic Comics No. 21: 3 Famous Mysteries

This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of three different mysteries— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four, Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and Guy De Maupassant's The Flayed Hand. The issue was published by the Gilberton Company, Inc. in July 1944. Dan Levin adapted the novels for the comic, and Louis Zansky designed the cover art.
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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Poe, Edgar Allen
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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