Classics Illustrated No. 38: Adventures of Cellni

This issue of Classics Illustrated contained an adaptation of the autobiography of Florentine artist Benvenuto Cellini published in 1563. This issue was published in June 1947 but Gilberton. August Froehlich illustrated the cover that depicts Cellini standing trial in front of a jury of Catholic Cardinals. Cellini was a Renaissance artist whose autobiography describes tales of passion, violence, cunning, artistic struggles, and supernatural occurrences.
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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