Publication Dates: [April 1947] – Spring 1969
Number of Issues Published: 249 (#1 [HRN 36] – The Three Musketeers – #169 [O] – Negro Americans The Early Years)
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Cover stock varies from Glossy standard paper to Glossy stiff paper; Newsprint interior
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine
Continuation of Classic Comics.
Most issues have been reprinted frequently (including issues from Classic Comics run). Reprints are frequently distinguished by the presence of a reorder checklist on a back or inside cover; the “Highest Reorder Number” (HRN) on the list allows a rough approximation of from when a particular reprint dates. Most reprints are straightforward reprints except for an updated reorder checklist and other minor matters. We are listing each and every printing of each issue, either as variants or as own indexes. Many of the older issues, however, were redone at various points in their life. These changes include new covers, new interior art, or sometimes simple page count reductions, resulting in abridged reprints.
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
Classics Illustrated is an American comic book/magazine series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables, Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series’ demise, various companies reprinted its titles. Since then, the Classics Illustrated brand has been used to create new comic book adaptations. This series is different from the Great Illustrated Classics, which is an adaptation of the classics for young readers that includes illustrations, but is not in the comic book form.