Classics Illustrated No. 40: Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe

This issue of Classics Illustrated contained an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe mysteries, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Adventure of Hans Pfa[a]ll, and The Fall of the House of Usher. H. C. Kiefer, August Froehlich, and Harley Griffiths illustrated the cover that depicts an image from each story; from The Pit and the Pendulum, a man tied to a table while a scythe swings above him; from The Fall of the House of Usher, a man fleeing a collapsing house, and from The Adventures of Hans Pfaall, a man flying into space in a hot air balloon.
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.
Object Name
comic book
date made
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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catalog number
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Comic Books
Popular Entertainment
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer

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