Classic Comics No. 1: The Three Musketeers
National Museum of American History
Gilberton Company, Inc.
This issue of Classic Comics, published by the Elliot Publishing Company in October 1941, features an adaption of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. The cover art, by Malcolm Kildale, features an image of the musketeers engaged in a swordfight along with inset portraits of novel protagonist d’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. The comic book contains the story of the Three Musketeers plus "Interesting Highlights in the Life of Alexandre Dumas."
Classic Comics was a series of comic book adaptations of literary classics published from 1941 until 1971. The series aimed to expose young people to classic literature through the more popular medium of a comic book. Classic Comics was first published by Elliott Publishing in 1941, but founder Albert Kanter spun off publishing to the Gilberton Company in 1942. In 1947 Classic Comics became Classics Illustrated. Kanter sold the company to the Frawley Corporation in 1967, who published the series until 1971.
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