together this web
about because in 1998 although there were and still are American sites,
not find any UK details.
Below is what data I have
been able cobble together to-date.
If you have any further details, please email me.
was started in America in the 1940s by Albert L
Gilberton World Wide Publications Inc. New York,
is possible that he had seen or was aware of the Sankey, Hudson
Co. series of publications under the title "Britain's Story Told In
The earliest edition that I am aware of being 1933. (Update:
I have not found
any evidence to the effect it is quite possible that some early prints
of Classics Illustrated were imported with the
stationing of American troops in the UK during WWII, however,
Illustrated appeared in print, in the UK under licence from
Publications Inc. by Strato Publications Ltd. (head off.) 39 upper
Street, London, W.1.
The company as far as I can
find out is no
longer in business.
1950 the UK
selling price started at about 9p,
in 1955-1960 from 1 shilling to 1/3 pence (old UK
Some American imports still made their way onto the book stands at this
you can find US versions and UK versions from the same
majority were published by Strato Publications Ltd. who
the UK. Printing was by Thorpe
Oadby, Leicester. Occasionally some
issues appear to be printed
by A. Thom & Co., Ltd., Dublin.
is funny to consider
that Kanter started producing an
of the classics
because he was concerned about the falling standards of
the 1930’s and figured a comic book would get them to read more – I
wonder what he would make of the children of the 21st
should be noted that
some of the
rarer titles are valued up to £200, however, as far as I can find out
applies to the US copies
and no known value appears to be given to
This does not
detract from the esthetic value of great classic stories and
fine art work. An average price in a second hand bookshop varies but
£2.00 is general.
reading of ebooks / ecomics in the last few years has become very
popular in my research I found several locations which may be of
write up which includes
the copyright situation as it stood in 2008. (35 High quality cover scans are available.)
Illustrated Comics UK.
reprints and educational resouces (see English
page in Supply
place - CI page
|New - viewable
on-line scans, Good quality, 29 in all, nice site. (checked on 06/09/2018)
||Very large of scans available on the open
source books area Note: Link enables IA search engine (checked on 06/09/2018)
text list of the
publications both US and UK, to check the
different numbering system
Publications Inc. and Strato Publications Ltd.)
to be aware of between the US/Canadian versions and
1 - The
of the American issues are different to the UK issues (see Full List).
2 - In some early UK case's
the pricing comma (shown in shillings and pence) is cursive rather than
the standard printers mark (')
e.g. issue number Moby Dick is cursive.
3 - Looking at the rear
Re-order numbers in Macbeth (4) there are gaps between 5 and 11, 12 -
23 and so on. Good clues to age.
Of the 162 British titles, there were 13 that never
appeared in America, plus some variations in cover art.
4 - The UK issues never
published in the United States include Aeneid, The Argonauts, The
Gorilla Hunters and Sail with
5 - The British Classics Illustrated adaptation of Dr.
No was never published under the U.S. Classics Illustrated
but instead was sold to DC Comics which published it as part of
their superhero anthology series, Showcase.
The comic followed
the plot of the film with images of the film's actors rather than Ian
Fleming's original novel. (courtesy of wikipedia.org)
6 - Other titles were produced
away from the parent Gilberton Inc. in the US. An example are the
picture stories taken
from the Bible
these were produce by Bible Pictures Inc. Ltd. East St.
Prices at the time = Old Testament priced at 12/6 (21/- Australia) New
testament 8/6 (15/- Australia)
7 - There are also a series of Classics
Illustrated produced by the Berkley Publishing House (1990) (Scans are
In 1997–1998, Acclaim Books, the
successor to Valiant Comics, published a series of recolored reprints
in a digest-size format
with accompanying study notes by literary
scholars. Laterly Marvel Comics also picked up some of
the titles to run.
8 - In 2003, Toronto's Jack
Lake Productions Inc. revived Classics Illustrated Junior, reprinting
art work from the original editions.
In 2005, Jack Lake
Productions published a Classics Illustrated 50th anniversary
edition of The War of the Worlds in both hard and softcover
In early 2006, Jack Lake Productions in collaboration with First
Classics began worldwide licensing of artwork
associated with Classics Illustrated,
Junior, Classics Illustrated Special Issues and The
World Around Us titles. (courtesy
9 - In the UK the Classics Comic Store Ltd. bought
the right to publish CI. Publishing both the original Gilberton
Classics Illustrated regular
and Junior lines for distribution in the
U.K., Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
September 2009, Classic Comic Store Ltd announced that although they
would continue to publish the Classics Illustrated titles,
were no longer publishing the Junior series after issue 12,
instead importing the issues from Canada. (courtesy of
G Gillam (Bonanza Studios)