Sunday, January 17, 2021


Mary Shelly's legendary novel, "Frankenstein", has infused the genres of horror and science-fiction incalculably since it's publication in 1818. The story has crossed innumerable boundaries in the field of media. Not surprisingly, it is a subject that lends itself perfectly with graphic illustration (see Berni Wrightson's fabulous work), including comic books.

In 1947, Giberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED series included the story of Frankenstein in its 26th issue. It was popular enough to be reprinted many times over. The version shown here today is the 8th printing.
Vol. 1 No. 26
June 1949
Gilberton Company, Inc.
Editor: Ruth A. Roche
Art Director: Jerry Iger
Cover: Robert Hayward Webb; Ann Brewster
Script: Ruth A Roche
Pencils: Robert Hayward Webb
Inks: Ann Brewster
Lettering: Louis Goldklang (R. Louis Golden)
Pages: 52
Cover price: 10 cents?

The renown artist and illustrator, Norman Saunders, painted the cover for an earlier printing of Classics Illustrated's FRANKENSTEIN in 1947. The original, shown here, is rendered in oil on canvas and measures 16" x 22.5". This remarkable piece was auctioned off for $13,145.00 in 2007.

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