Editor’s Picks: 10 Literary Comic Books from Classics Illustrated

Comic books are often looked down on as being “less than” real literature. But what if a comic book was based on a classic work of critically acclaimed writing? That’s where Classics Illustrated Comics comes in. This publisher deals in comic books that make classic literature more accessible to people of all ages and reading levels and attract the interest of those who might not normally want to read the likes of Shakespeare or Charles Dickens in their original forms. These beautifully illustrated books bring titles like Hamlet, Les Misérables, and The Last of the Mohicans to life. Here’s a look at some of our favorites:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Regular26TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSeaFrontCoverISBNReprintThe classic science fiction novel about the adventures of Captain Nemo and his captives and crew on his submarine, the Nautilus, comes to life in this beautifully-illustrated comic book.

Told from the perspective of Professor Aronnax, experience the Nautilus’ adventures as its passengers travel all around the world, under the ocean.

Buy it here $9.95
Treasure Island 
Regular21TreasureIslandFrontCoverISBNStevenson’s great tale of pirates and buried treasure.

Join Jim Hawkins on a perilous journey across the Spanish Main, experience the notorious pirate Long John Silver’s mutiny, and find the buried treasure on the infamous island for which this story is named. This already-thrilling tale is enhanced by stunning, action-packed illustrations unique to the Classics Illustrated series.

Buy it here $9.95

Moby Dick 
Regular16MobyDickFrontCoverISBNEd2Melville’s tale of the whaling industry, and one captain’s obsession with revenge against the Great White Whale that took his leg.

Ishmael narrates the tale of Captain Ahab’s fanatical journey for vengeance on the albino sperm whale, Moby Dick. The story explores the causes and repercussions of an obsessive quest for revenge, and this illustrated version lends new dimensions to the classic story.

Buy it here $9.95

A Christmas Carol 
Regular15AChristmasCarolFrontCoverISBNDickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

The ill-tempered miser Scrooge is forced to take a look at his past decisions, and what will come if he doesn’t change for the better, when Jacob Marley and the Ghosts visit him in this classic Christmas story.

Buy it here $9.95

Beauty and the Beast 
Junior09BeautyAndTheBeastFrontCoverNoPriceThe classic fairy tale of the Prince cursed to live as a hideous beast.

The Classics Illustrated Junior series is perfect for young readers who are not yet able to read full-text stories. These illustrated fairy tales serve as a wonderful family reading experience.

Buy it here $6.95

Romeo & Juliet 
Regular5RomeoAndJulietFrontCoverISBNShakespeare’s classic tragedy of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet.

See the drama and romance of this well-known story play out in beautiful illustrations, unique to the Classics Illustrated series, as Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy prompts their feuding families to reconcile.

Buy it here $9.95

The War of the Worlds 
Regular1TheWarOfTheWorldsFrontCoverISBNEd3Well’s science fiction of the Martian invasion, told through the eyes of an ordinary man.

Science fiction novels are wonderfully retold in the Classics Illustrated medium, and The War of the Worlds is no exception. The intense, action-packed illustrations give this classic tale new life.

Buy it here $9.95

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
Regular19HuckleberryFinnFrontCoverISBNMark Twain’s sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, chronicling the adventures of Sawyer’s friend, Huck Finn.

So many of us are familiar with this tale, as it was almost certainly required reading at some point during our high school years. I know I would’ve loved to have the option of reading this version of the classic adventure story set along the great Mississippi River. The novel alone is wonderful, but the illustrations found in this version greatly enhance the story and its significant themes.

Buy it here $9.95

Regular17MacbethFrontCoverISBNEd2Shakespeare’s tragedy about the rise and fall of Macbeth, the Scottish Lord who is prophesied to become king.

See how events play out when the ambitious Macbeth chooses evil as a means to gain power. This story is one of Shakespeare’s darkest works, and Classics Illustrated allows readers to more fully experience this tale of the psychological effects of corruption with stunning illustrations.

Buy it here $9.95

A Study in Scarlet
Regular37AStudyInScarletFrontCoverISBNConan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes mystery.

This story introduces readers to the famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. It centers around a bizarre murder. Watch and read as the detective and his partner follow the puzzling clues and use their wit and knowledge to solve the crime.

Buy it here $9.95


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