Classic Comics No. 11: Don Quixote

Classic Comics No. 11: Don Quixote

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This issue of Classic Comics contained an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote that was published by the Gilberton Company, Inc. in May 1943. The cover has art by Louis Zansky that depicts the titular hero Don Quixote tilting at windmills that he sees as giants, accompanied by his neighbor Sancho Panza. The novel was adapted by Samuel H. Abramson, and the issue contained a biography of Cervantes, as well as poems from the American Indian including: “Ojibwa War Songs” “Lament of a Man for His Son,” “Song of the Rain Chant,” and “The Bear’s Song.”
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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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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Credit Line
Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer
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