Classics Illustrated No. 35: The Last Days of Pompeii

Description:

This issue of Classics Illustrated contained an adaptation of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s novel The Last Days of Pompeii. This issue was published in March 1947 and was the first issue to be published as Classics Illustrated rather than Classic Comics. H. C. Kiefer illustrated the cover with art that depicts the residents of Pompeii fleeing the exploding Mount Vesuvius.

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.

Date Made: 1947

Maker: Gilberton Company, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Comics

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Credit Line: Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0086.063Catalog Number: 2013.0086.063Accession Number: 2013.0086

Object Name: comic book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 in; 19.05 cm x 25.4 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-ec55-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1447907

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