Wednesday, 9 December 2009

A Christmas Carol and Johnny Appleseed out this week!!!

We are delighted to publish A Christmas Carol this week in our new UK line - visit and scroll down. We are also now selling the CI Junior Johnny Appleseed from the Jack Lake stable out of Toronto - visit and scroll down. The cover for A Christmas Carol is the painted one that was originally available only in the UK series in the 'sixties. A vintage one of this cover will cost you over £200 in good condition - for £3.25 you get that historic cover plus superb inner artwork by the great Henry C. Kiefer. In fact, having seen the new film of this wonderful story, with Jim Carey as Scrooge, we see tremendous similarities in the film CGI version with Kiefer's artwork - a real treat for fans of Dickens and CI! Johnny Appleseed is a less well known story in the Junior series but, interestingly, we find young people really enoying these more obscure titles simply because the stories are new to them. We are now selling the first twelve issues of each series in superb presentation boxes and these can also be found at the web pages listed above. We feel sure you will be delighted by these and we can be sure to get them to you before Christmas if you order by 17th December. Best regards, Jeff

Monday, 12 October 2009

Frankenstein published this week!

This is the latest in our new series and provides a totally re-coloured version of the Webb and Brewster artwork with Norm Saunders cover. First published in the Gilberton series in 1945, it was never published in the UK series. We don't know why but might surmise that some of the art frames are a bit gory - with Justine shown hanging from a gallows and the Monster shown throttling Elizabeth - far too grisly for us young folk back in the Forties and Fifties I suspect?

Pinocchio will be available at the end of the month and The Time Machine will be published in early November - I hope you will enjoy them all.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

New Classics Illustrated Publications: Knights of the Round Table and Puss-in Boots Now Available!

We are now able to announce the release of our August publications - Knights of the Round Table in the Regular series and Puss-in Boots in the Junior series.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Mutiny on the Bounty and Beauty and the Beast now available

We are delighted to announce that our June publications - Mutiny on the Bounty and Beauty and the Beast can now be purchased from the Modern series section -

Look out for Wuthering Heights and Little Red Riding Hood in July.
Best wishes

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Coming Soon......Mutiny on the Bounty and Beauty and the Beast

We are very pleased to announce that our next two issues in the Classics Illustrated and Classics Illustrated Juniors series will be Mutiny on the Bounty and Beauty and the Beast. These will be available on the site and in stores from mid June. I will also be updating the site with over 200 vintage issues over the next three weeks. So come back soon to browse the site and make your selections from over 2500 comics...

Best wishes


Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Come and see us at Bristol's Comic Expo this weekend!

The team are really looking forward to attending the International Comic Expo at Bristol's Ramada Plaza Hotel on 9th and 10th May. We will have both vintage and modern editions of Classics Illustrated available including this week's brand new publications - The Jungle Book and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Jeff will also be on a panel on Sunday morning at 11.00 discussing the series and how it has endured for so many years.

If you are visiting Expo be sure to come along and meet us and see all of the new issues PLUS some of the rarest of all the vintage Classics Illustrated issues! see you there!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

New titles published this week....

I am very pleased to announce the publication of two new titles this week - Les Miserables and Jack and the Beanstalk. Both digitally re-cloured and in perfect bound form. Followers will know that these are published monthly and subscribers will have them landing on the mat in the next day or two... Both are available to buy now through the site. Look out for the next two to be published in early May - The Jungle Book and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

All for now - more news soon


Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Busy time at the Education Show

We were both exhausted and delighted at our first attendance, exhibiting at the Education Show at teh NEC last week. We are convinced that Classics Illustrated and Classics Illustrated Juniors have a major role to play within schools helping children to become familiar with these great stories and helping to develop their reading skills. Reluctant readers in particular should be drawn into our 32 and 48 page formats as many of our readers were when we were young. The school teachers and other representatives seemed to agree with us! We sold over 25o books and had over 100 people per day asking for more information. Tiring but worth it!