Rosa, on Jan 24 2009, 10:33 PM, said:
Wow, a Classics Comic Book of The Moonstone, bart? I had no idea the classics had received that sort of treatment! Very interesting...
This was in the 60s, I think. The imprint goes back to at least the 40s.
I distinctly remember some frames with an mysterious Indian fellow wandering around the English countryside. I'm looking right now at the list printed on the back cover of my edition of Typee, first issued in 1947. It includes many classics, as defined in the earlier 20th century, a number of which would probably not be considered essential reading by educated people today: Lorna Doone, The Man in the Iron Mask, Silas Marner, Lord Jim, Lady in the Lake, Green Mansions, Crime and Punishment, Kim, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (very atmospheric, I recall), Adventures of Tom Sawyer, House of Seven Gables, The Time Machine.
Here, for example, is the list of the first 10 in the series:
1) Three Musketeers
3) Count of Monte Cristo
4) Last of the Mohicans
5) Moby Dick
6) Tale of Two Cities
7) Robin Hood
(8-9) not listed, apparently out of print
10) Robinson Crusoe.
It was a remarkable introduction to serious (if rather adventure-oriented) literature from times and places far from my own narrow suburban world. Moonstone fits the focus on stories involving mystery, suspense and/or adventure.
I think we had a thread on Classics Comics a few years ago. It stimulated me to locate some at a local comic book store, and to order others on line. They are now, I gather, "collectibles," repackaged in clear plastic (and, in a few cases, cellophane) jackets. The imprint is still available, though the format is smaller, the list much smaller (with most of those old adventure books now gone), and the look of the illustrations oddly updated.