Among my collections of, well, almost everything, are these early "graphic novels," Classics Illustrated. They are abridged versions of books by well-known authors such as Alexandre Dumas, Robert Louis Stevenson, Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, H.G.Wells, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, and Winston Churchill. There is even a Shakespeare play, Macbeth, and Homer's epic poem Iliad! Macbeth is in the bard's own words, but must be pretty edited, as all of these "comics" are 48 pages and of course, heavily illustrated. Included in the group above, top left, is Issue No.1, The Three Musketeers.
The copyrights on these issues date from 1943 through 1948, but oddly enough, they might actually date "only" to the early 1950s. In doing some research on them, it seems that since they are only 48 pages, have painted covers (as opposed to colorized line drawings) and have a cover price of 15 cents, these are all technically reprints. I don't understand why the copyright pages don't reflect the reprint data, there is no mention of a second/third printing; nothing but the original copyright date. Perhaps the information I sourced online is wrong, but I found the same information on two different sites.
My collection numbers forty, out of 167 titled issues, and I have both No.1 (mentioned above) and the final title, No. 167, Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I visited Goethe's birthplace in Frankfurt, Germany in 1975, once again illustrating my multiple connections to my multiple collections, lol.
• For the Wiki on these Classic Illustrateds, click here.
• For the first post of my vintage comic books, click here.
In the first row above, notice both issues are labeled No. 52. Jules Verne's The First Men on the Moon was actually published in London, instead of New York, and printed in Sweden. The trim size is slightly smaller as well. I'm not positive, but I think my Dad probably bought these magazines at PXs around the world, while he was in the Navy, which would account for the european publisher.
Bottom right in this last group, is Shakespeare's Macbeth, and The Crisis, by Winston Churchill—in a comic book, lol!
Update: For my loyal reader, AP, who commented that With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkeiwicz was his favorite Classics Illustrated. I just happened to have a copy!