Classic Comics No. 33: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles. H. C. Kiefer illustrated the cover that depicts Sherlock Holmes smoking a pipe, a slobbering hound, and a finger writing the word “Rache” in blood. A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles were two of Doyle’s four Sherlock Holmes’ novels, published in 1887 and 1901.
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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