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Classics Illustrated is a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. The first five titles were published irregularly under t Classics Illustrated is a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. The first five titles were published irregularly under the banner "Classic Comics Presents" while issues six and seven were published under the banner "Classic Comics Library" with a ten-cent cover price. Arabian Nights (issue 8), illustrated by Lillian Chestney, is the first issue to use the "Classics Comics" banner. With the fourth issue, The Last of the Mohicans, in 1942, Kanter moved the operation to different offices and the corporate identity was changed to the Gilberton Company, Inc.. Reprints of previous titles began in 1943. Wartime paper shortages forced Kanter to reduce the 64-page format to 56 pages.


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Classics Illustrated is a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. The first five titles were published irregularly under t Classics Illustrated is a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. The first five titles were published irregularly under the banner "Classic Comics Presents" while issues six and seven were published under the banner "Classic Comics Library" with a ten-cent cover price. Arabian Nights (issue 8), illustrated by Lillian Chestney, is the first issue to use the "Classics Comics" banner. With the fourth issue, The Last of the Mohicans, in 1942, Kanter moved the operation to different offices and the corporate identity was changed to the Gilberton Company, Inc.. Reprints of previous titles began in 1943. Wartime paper shortages forced Kanter to reduce the 64-page format to 56 pages.

30 review for Classics Illustrated 68 of 169 : Julius Caesar

  1. 4 out of 5

    dejah_thoris

    Disclaimer: I haven't read the original play in several years, so comments about authenticity may be wrong. I'm not a fan of Shakespeare's histories but this doesn't seem like a bad adaptation of the original. It loses much of the original language with the exception of Marc Anthony's famous speech to the Romans but it makes up for it with lavish panels and good characterization. (No worries about telling which famous Roman is which thanks to their unique clothing and physical appearance.) As not Disclaimer: I haven't read the original play in several years, so comments about authenticity may be wrong. I'm not a fan of Shakespeare's histories but this doesn't seem like a bad adaptation of the original. It loses much of the original language with the exception of Marc Anthony's famous speech to the Romans but it makes up for it with lavish panels and good characterization. (No worries about telling which famous Roman is which thanks to their unique clothing and physical appearance.) As noted in the history of the comic, the original play tends to drag due to excessive public speeches, so the minor slowness of this adaptation is to be expected. I was surprised to read that it used to be the most frequently taught Shakespearean play in 20th Century high schools due to its political intrigue though I'm guessing that may no longer be the case. Overall, probably better than reading the actual play again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard Epstein

    It's hard to review without spoiling the end, but much to my surprise, Caesar doesn't come out of this well. Still, when Caesar's Ghost visits Brutus on the battlefield, we learn the origin of Perry White's famous exclamation, "Great Caesar's ghost!" -- and that is well worth knowing. It's hard to review without spoiling the end, but much to my surprise, Caesar doesn't come out of this well. Still, when Caesar's Ghost visits Brutus on the battlefield, we learn the origin of Perry White's famous exclamation, "Great Caesar's ghost!" -- and that is well worth knowing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kithy

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    Andrew Chai

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Tom Hartmann

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    Cagliostro

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  13. 5 out of 5

    Richard Rothrock

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dafina Lajqi

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lemniskate67

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fjóla

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    Corey

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    Jennifer

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    Léart

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    Dax

  22. 5 out of 5

    S.M.S

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    Seven Negen

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    Justin

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    Robert Glover

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    Meggan

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    Katie

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    Pon Surya

  29. 5 out of 5

    Xavier

  30. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Eu

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