Classics Illustrated (Gilberton)

 CLIG   (Gilberton, 1941-1971, 2004-2006)

™ and © Gilberton

In 1941, Albert E. Kanter introduced Classic Comics, later renamed Classics Illustrated. Kanter’s idea was to use the comic form to make great literature accessible to readers who might never otherwise make the effort. Whether his idea represented a watering down of the classics, as some critics claimed, it was an amazingly popular move. Each of the 169 comics in this series were reprinted numerous times, with 23rd printings being relatively common. Their popularity even extended to schools, where the colorful, well-written adaptations must have seemed a welcome alternative to reading lengthy texts.

Kanter later introduced Classics Illustrated Junior, adapting children’s literature for younger readers. The series also gave rise to numerous imitations over the years.

For collectors, their popularity is particularly problematic, since the various reprintings were not clearly marked. The best clue to figuring out which printing you had of a given issue was to note the highest reorder number (HRN) from the series order form on the back of each comic.

We’d like to extend our thanks to Classics Illustrated authority Dan Malan, who has painstakingly determined the distinguishing characteristics of each printing, and who has generously allowed us to use this information here. If you’d like to learn more about this remarkable series, we would encourage you to refer to his definitive “The Complete Guide to Classics Collectibles,” available in four volumes from:

Malan Classical Enterprises
7519 Lindbergh Drive
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 781-2319

In later years, several other publishers would reprint issues of this series, usually with new covers or coloring.

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#1

Date: 10/1/1941
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $4,400.00
No copies available
 Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (2nd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $330.00
No copies available
2nd printing; HRN #10Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (3rd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $135.00
No copies available
3rd printing; HRN #15Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (4th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $100.00
No copies available
4th printing; HRN #18Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (5th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $90.00
No copies available
5th printing; HRN #21Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (6th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $75.00
No copies available
6th printing; HRN #28Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (7th printing)

Date: 4/1/1947
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $35.00
No copies available
7th printing; HRN #36Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (8th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $24.00
No copies available
8th printing; HRN #60Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (9th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $20.00
No copies available
9th printing; HRN #64Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (10th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $18.00
No copies available
10th printing; HRN #78Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (11th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $18.00
No copies available
11th printing; HRN #93Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (12th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
12th printing; HRN #114Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (13th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
13th printing; HRN #134Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (14th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
14th printing; HRN #143Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (15th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
15th printing; HRN #150Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (16th printing)

Date: 3/1/1959
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
16th printing; HRN #149Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (17th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
17th printing; HRN #167Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (18th printing)

Date: 4/1/1964
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
18th printing; HRN #167Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (19th printing)

Date: 1/1/1965
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
19th printing; HRN #167Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (20th printing)

Date: 3/1/1965
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
20th printing; HRN #167Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (21th printing)

Date: 1/1/1967
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
21st printing; HRN #167Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (22th printing)

Date: 3/1/1969
Cover Price: $0.25
NM Guide: $9.50
1 copy available for $3.25
22nd printing; HRN #166; Spring 1969Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (23th printing)

Date: 3/1/1971
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $17.00
1 copy available for $11.00
23rd printing; HRN #169; Spring 1971Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#1 (24th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.99
NM Guide: $9.99
1 copy available for $9.99
24th printing; INtroduction by William B. Jones Jr.; ca. 2007Alexandre DumasGeorge Evans

#2

Date: 12/1/1941
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $33.00
No copies available
 Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (2nd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $250.00
No copies available
2nd printing; HRN #10Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (3rd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $130.00
No copies available
3rd printing; HRN #15Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (4th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $100.00
No copies available
4th printing; HRN #18Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (5th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $90.00
No copies available
5th printing; HRN #21Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (6th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $37.00
1 copy available for $12.50
6th printing; HRN #28Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (7th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $35.00
No copies available
7th printing; HRN #36Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (8th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $24.00
No copies available
8th printing; HRN #60Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (9th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $20.00
No copies available
9th printing; HRN #64Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (10th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $18.00
No copies available
10th printing; HRN #78Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (11th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $16.00
No copies available
11th printing; HRN #89Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (12th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
12th printing; HRN #106Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (13th printing)

Date: 7/1/1954
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
13th printing; HRN #121Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (14th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
14th printing; HRN #136Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (15th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
15th printing; HRN #142Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (16th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
16th printing; HRN #153Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (17th printing)

Date: 3/1/1959
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
1 copy available for $4.00
17th printing; HRN #149Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (18th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
18th printing; HRN #167Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (19th printing)

Date: 5/1/1964
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
19th printing; HRN #167Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (20th printing)

Date: 1/1/1965
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
20th printing; HRN #167Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (21th printing)

Date: 3/1/1966
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
21st printing; HRN #167Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (22th printing)

Date: 9/1/1967
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
HRN #166 (Tigers and Traitors)Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (23th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.25
NM Guide: $17.00
1 copy available for $1.99
R/68Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (24th printing)

Date: 12/1/1969
Cover Price: $0.25
NM Guide: $13.50
3 copies available from $3.25
Winter 1969Sir Walter Scott 

#2 (25th printing)

Date: 12/1/1971
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Winter 1971Sir Walter Scott 

#2 Variation A (22th printing)

Date: 9/1/1967
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
September, 1867Sir Walter Scott 

#2 Variation B (22th printing)

Date: 9/1/1967
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $18.00
1 copy available for $5.75
22nd printing; HRN #166; Variation: Center ad for Children’s Digest & Young MissSir Walter Scott 

#3

Date: 3/1/1942
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $1,250.00
No copies available
 Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (2nd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $240.00
No copies available
2nd printing; HRN #10Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (3rd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $125.00
No copies available
3rd printing; HRN #15Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (4th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $100.00
No copies available
4th printing; HRN #18Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (5th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $90.00
No copies available
5th printing; HRN #20Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (6th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $85.00
No copies available
6th printing; HRN #21Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (7th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $75.00
No copies available
7th printing; HRN #28Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (8th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $24.00
No copies available
8th printing; HRN #36Alexandre DumasAllen Simon

#3 (9th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $24.00
No copies available
9th printing; HRN #60Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (10th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $20.00
No copies available
10th printing; HRN #62Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (11th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $18.00
No copies available
11th printing; HRN #71Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (12th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $16.00
No copies available
12th printing; HRN #87Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (13th printing)

Date: 11/1/1953
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
13th printing; HRN #113Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (14th printing)

Date: 11/1/1956
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $18.00
1 copy available for $3.00
14th printing; HRN #135Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (15th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
15th printing; HRN #143Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (16th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
16th printing; HRN #153Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (17th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
17th printing; HRN #161Alexandre DumasAllen Simon

#3 (18th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
18th printing; HRN #167Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (19th printing)

Date: 7/1/1964
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
19th printing; HRN #167Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (20th printing)

Date: 7/1/1965
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
20th printing; HRN #167Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (21th printing)

Date: 7/1/1966
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
21st printing; HRN #167Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (22th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.25
NM Guide: $9.50
2 copies available from $3.00
R/68Alexandre Dumas 

#3 (23th printing)

Date: 12/1/1969
Cover Price: $0.25
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Winter 1969Alexandre DumasAllen Simon

#4

Date: 8/1/1942
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $1,050.00
No copies available
 James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (2nd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $240.00
No copies available
2nd printing; HRN #12James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (3rd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $125.00
No copies available
3rd printing; HRN #15James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (4th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $100.00
No copies available
4th printing; HRN #20James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (5th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $90.00
No copies available
5th printing; HRN #21James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (6th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $75.00
No copies available
6th printing; HRN #28James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (7th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $40.00
No copies available
7th printing; HRN #36James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (8th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $12.00
No copies available
8th printing; HRN #60James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (9th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $20.00
No copies available
9th printing; HRN #64James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (10th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $18.00
No copies available
10th printing; HRN #78James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (11th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $16.00
No copies available
11th printing; HRN #89James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (12th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.15
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
12th printing; HRN #117James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (13th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
13th printing; HRN #135James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (14th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $17.00
1 copy available for $1.99
14th printing; HRN #141James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (15th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $12.00
No copies available
15th printing; HRN #150James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (16th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
16th printing; HRN #161James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (17th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $8.00
1 copy available for $0.50
17th printing; HRN #167James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (18th printing)

Date: 6/1/1964
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
18th printing; HRN #167James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (19th printing)

Date: 8/1/1965
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
19th printing; HRN #167James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (20th printing)

Date: 8/1/1967
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $15.00
1 copy available for $4.50
20th printing; HRN #167James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (21th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.25
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
R/67James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (22th printing)

Date: 3/1/1969
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $1.50
1 copy available for $1.00
22nd printing; HRN #169; Spring 1969James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#4 (23th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.99
NM Guide: $9.99
2 copies available from $9.99
23rd printing; Introduction by William B. Jones Jr.; ca. 2007James Fenimore CooperJohn Severin

#5

Date: 9/1/1942
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $58.00
No copies available
 Herman MelvilleNorman Nodel

#5 (2nd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $235.00
No copies available
2nd printing; HRN #10Herman Melville 

#5 (3rd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $175.00
No copies available
3rd printing; HRN #15Herman Melville 
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