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Illustrated Classics

From 1941-1967, Gilberton Publications produced 167 Illustrated Classics in the U.S. and several more in Britain and Europe.

Russian-born publisher Albert Lewis Kanter (18971973) created the series under the name Classic Comics with its debut issues being The Three Musketeers, followed by Ivanhoe and The Count of Monte Cristo. The series name changed in March 1947 to Classics Illustrated with issue 35 The Last Days of Pompeii.

The first books had 64 pages which was reduced to 56 pages in 1943 then to 48 pages in 1948. Between 1941 and 1962, 200 million copies of the books were sold. Most Illustrated Classics titles were continuously in print from the first time they hit the newsstand until 1971. Ivanhoe, for example, had 25 different printings over a period of 30 years.


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