Classics Illustrated No. 37: The Pioneers

This issue of Classics Illustrated contained an adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s 1823 novel The Pioneers. Samuel Willinsky adapted the novel for comic publication by Gilberton in May 1947. Rudolph Palais illustrated the cover depicting Natty Bumppo and Benjamin Pump in the stocks, while Pump trips Hiram Doolittle. The Pioneers was published in 1823, the first book published by Cooper in his Leatherstocking Tales series, though the novel is a prequel to the series that included The Last of the Mohicans and The Pathfinder, and The Deerslayer.
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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