A significant expansion of the critically acclaimed first edition, this carries the story of the Kanter family's series of comics-style adaptations of literary masterpieces from 1941 into the 21st century. Over 100 more pages expand on the 70-year history of Classics Illustrated and the careers and contributions of such artists as Alex A. Blum, George Evans, Henry C. Kiefer, Gray Morrow, Rudolph Palais, and Louis Zansky. New chapters cover the recent Jack Lake and Papercutz revivals of the series, the evolution of Classics collecting, and the unsung role of William Kanter in advancing the fortunes of his father Albert's worldwide enterprise. Enhancing this lively account are new interviews and correspondence with editor Helene Lecar, publicist Eleanor Lidofsky, artists Mort Kunstler and Lou Cameron, and the founder's grandson John "Buzz" Kanter.
Detailed appendices provide artist attributions, issue contents and, for the principal Classics Illustrated-related series, a listing of each printing identified by month and year. New U.S., Canadian and British series have been added. More than 300 illustrations--most of them new to this edition--include photographs of artists and production staff, comic-book covers and interiors, and a substantial number of original cover paintings and line drawings.
"The appearance (or rather, reappearance, as a second edition) of this volume is an occasion for celebration across the world of comic art scholarship. There are no more than a dozen scholarly works [about comic books], nearly all of them quite recent. None is as exhaustive for any genre as this. Every reader interested in comic art, will find this volume illuminating. Close readers will find it different, more thorough and more heavily illustrated, than the original. It's a book to enjoy and appreciate again and again."--Paul Buhle (The Art of Harvey Kurtzman).