Classics Illustrated No. 36: Typee

This issue of Classics Illustrated contained an adaptation of Herman Melville’s 1846 novel, Typee. The novel was adapted for Classics Illustrated by Harry Miller and published by Gilberton in April 1947. Ezra Whiteman illustrated the cover which depicts a man in the foreground fleeing from a spear through by three Polynesian pursuers. Typee was Melville’s first novel, and is a mixture of fiction and autobiography concerning his travels in the Pacific.
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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