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#575 The Fearless Prince
By Grimm Brothers
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
The Fearless Prince is a Grimm fairy tale of a brave prince who uses his courage and wits to win the hand of a beautiful princess. The tale is full of encounters with lions, bears, giants and imps.
#573 The Crystal Ball
BY Grimm Brothers
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
The Crystal Ball is a Grimm fairy tale of an evil enchantress with three good sons. Hans the eldest, Gert and Stefan the youngest. Follow the adventures of Stefan as he acquires a magic cap and rescues a beautiful princess with the help of his brothers.
#572 The Drummer Boy
By Grimm Brothers
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
The Drummer Boy is a Grimm fairy tale following the exploits of a drummer boy who helps a father who has lost his daughter to an evil witch.
#156 The Conquest of Mexico
By Bernal Diaz del castillo
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
In 1519, Spanish conquistadors under the command of Hernán Cortés invaded Mexico and toppled the mighty Aztec empire. One of his officers was Bernal Díaz del Castillo, who, as an older man, wrote his eyewitness account of the expedition. The Conquest of Mexico is the Classics Illustrated adaptation of Díaz’s important and influential history, scripted by Mesoamerican expert Alfred Sundel and illustrated by Italian-Argentinian artist Bruno Premiani. In his introduction, William B. Jones provides background information on the opposing Spanish and Aztec forces. A beautifully produced book distinguished by accurate period detail, CI No. 156 is one of the most significant titles to appear in the series. This Jack Lake edition of The Conquest of Mexico is ideal for incorporation in school courses dealing with the colonization of the New World and the destruction of indigenous cultures.
#130 Caesar's Conquests
Julius Caesar
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
“Two thousand years ago, the great Roman general, Julius Caesar, set out to conquer the large part of Western Europe known as Gaul. The opposition was inspired, and the fighting was fierce. And as the armies clashed, Caesar wrote the story of the struggle.” So read the November 1955 “Coming Next” ad for Classics Illustrated No. 130. Loved and coveted by generations of Latin students, Caesar’s Conquests, an adaptation of Caesar’s Gallic War by 1950s social activist Annette T. Rubinstein, will serve to remind many that, indeed, “Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.” And for those who never contended with Latin declensions, CI No. 130 offers an amazing true-life adventure, filled with desperate battles and memorable characters—from the brilliant tactician Caesar to the noble patriot Vercingetorix. Come, see, and conquer!
#102 The White Company
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
Many fans of Sherlock Holmes are unaware that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote several historical novels, which he regarded more highly than his detective fiction. The White Company was the most popular of these—readers loved it, N.C. Wyeth illustrated it, and Classics Illustrated added it to the series as issue No. 102 in 1952. The story is set during the Hundred Years’ War and tells of a naïve young man, Alleyne, who leaves his studies at an abbey and joins the White Company, a group of mercenaries fighting the French and Spanish. Along the way, he falls in love with a young woman, Maude, after rescuing her from his evil older brother, the Socman of Minstead, and becomes a squire to Sir Nigel Loring, who commands the White Company and also happens to be Maude’s father. The White Company is an all-too-often overlooked gem, not to mention a Classics Illustrated rarity. Be sure to treat yourself to Sir Arthur’s non-Sherlockian swashbuckling adventure!
#98 The Red Badge of Courage
By Stephen Crane
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
Truly one of the Great American Novels, Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage is a realistic yet highly symbolic account of a youthful soldier’s initiation into manhood under fire during the Civil War. (“He had been to touch the great death, and found that, after all, it was but the great death.”) This Classics Illustrated edition, initially scheduled as a title in the competitor Famous Authors Illustrated series, was always in demand by students and teachers since its first printing in 1952. It returns again with the striking original cover painting and the dramatic interior art by book illustrator Gustav Schrotter. An additional “Outline History of the Civil War,” with drawings by Maurice del Bourgo, is included in this popular issue.
#89 Crime and Punishment
By Fyodor Dostoevsky
Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.
One of the greatest of the Great Books, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a masterpiece of psychological suspense, crime detection, and personal redemption. This Classics Illustrated edition has affected generations of readers, including singer-poet Bob Dylan and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. Attacked by highbrow critics and anti-comics crusaders in the early 1950s, this streamlined adaptation is now hailed as an effective introduction to the interior world of Raskolnikov and some of the themes of the original work. The illustrations by Rudolph Palais are among the best examples of the artist’s distinctive sweat-soaked, white-knuckle style. CI No. 89 also contains a two-page account of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” illustrated by Maurice del Bourgo.
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