CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED is an American comic book that was first published in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971. The comic book series featured adaptations of literary classics like Les Misérables, Moby Dick, Hamlet and even The Iliad.
Created by Albert Kanter, the series ran for 169 issues. When the series debuted, it was first called CLASSIC COMICS and was renamed to CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED in 1947.
This series also had a lot of great artists as well. Lillian Chestney, Matt Baker, Jack Abel, Matt Baker and even Dik Browne are a small handful of the artists that worked on this series. The one that jumps out at me is Jack Kirby.
Jack Kirby may not be a name that you might have heard of, but some of the characters that he helped create will. A few of the notable characters that he helped create are Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Thor, The Avengers, Iron Man, The Hulk and even Black Panther.
There are several ways that you can collect this series—you can collect the comics themselves, the artists or even the titles that the comics covered.
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