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Classics Illustrated Series

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Classic Comics Illustrated is a series of graphic novels, which retell some of the great literary masterpieces in comic strip form. The first book, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, was published back in 1941 and since then over 200 classic stories have been released all over the world. 

These colourful, comic strip versions of some of the world’s most popular stories proved a great way to engage young readers with the world of literature and, in 2008, Classic Comic Store adapted the stories for a more modern audience. Keeping the books’ gorgeous illustrations and vintage feel, they tailored the stories specifically to engage and educate young readers, with the aim of introducing them to the world’s greatest stories from the world’s greatest authors.

Discovering the classics can unlock a whole new world and these graphic novels are an ideal stepping stone to the world of literature. The graphic novel format is very engaging, particularly for emerging or reluctant readers, and comics for kids are gaining in popularity thanks to bestselling series such as Captain Underpants.

The Comics Illustrated stories are enhanced by notes, including theme discussions and study questions to use at home or in the classrooms, as well as author biographies and timelines to provide historical context.

The series tackles classics for every taste, whether you prefer horror (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), mysteries (Sherlock Holmes), science fiction (The War of the Worlds) or simply want to get better acquainted with essentials like Hamlet or Wuthering Heights.  We love this series as it helps young people see the classics, not just as dry texts that have to be studied at school, but as the gripping stories that made them classics in the first place.

Some stories, like Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver Twist or The Jungle Book, will be familiar to many young readers but there are also lesser-known classics that risk languishing in obscurity such as Moby Dick or The Iliad.

The best stories are timeless, and this is a great way to discover them. 

You can also check out more of our favourite graphic novels for kids on our blog.

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Book 1

War of the Worlds

"Toward the end of the nineteenth century, several newspapers in England carried a small account of the discovery of a m... MoreWar of the Worlds

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Book 2
Book 2

Oliver Twist

Young Oliver Twist, orphaned at birth, lives a miserable life in the workhouse, until one day, he runs away and begins a... MoreOliver Twist

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Book 3
Book 3

Robin Hood

The adventures of Robin Hood, the great outlaw, and the Sheriff of Nottingham who hunts him. Based largely on Howard Pyl... MoreRobin Hood

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Book 4
Book 4

Man in the Iron Mask

Dumas's quasi-sequel to "The Three Musketeers", featuring a plot to overthrow the tyrannical king of France with his sec... MoreMan in the Iron Mask

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Book 5
Book 5

Romeo and Juliet

Two warring families in fair Verona - The Montagues and the Capulets - struggle to settle an age old feud. Meanwhile, Ro... MoreRomeo and Juliet

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Book 6
Book 6

Nicholas Nickleby

After the death of his father, Nicholas Nickleby becomes a schoolteacher in a boys' school in Yorkshire to support his f... MoreNicholas Nickleby

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Book 6
Book 6

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

After discovering a note from the esteemed Icelandic scientist, Arne Saknussemm, Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axe... MoreJourney to the Centre of the Earth

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Book 7
Book 7

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo's novel of early 19th Century France, as told through the experiences of the ex-convict, Jean Valjean. Class... MoreLes Miserables

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Book 8
Book 8

Jungle Book

Three tales from Kipling’s “Jungle Books”. "Mowgli’s Brothers" tells the story of Mowgli, the young boy raised by wolves... MoreJungle Book

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Book 10
Book 10

Wuthering Heights

Taken in by Mr Earnshaw from a young age, Heathcliff is loved by his adoptive sister, Cathy, but despised and mistreated... MoreWuthering Heights

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Book 11
Book 11

Hamlet: the Prince of Denmark

After encountering the ghost of his father on the castle parapet, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is convinced that his f... MoreHamlet: the Prince of Denmark

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Book 11
Book 11

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

The legend of Arthur, King of England, and his Knights of the Round Table of Camelot, including Sir Lancelot, Sir Galaha... MoreKing Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

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Book 12
Book 12

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë's novel tells the life story of the eponymous Jane, an orphan who excels at school, yet suffers several... MoreJane Eyre

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Book 13
Book 13

Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus

Dr. Victor Frankenstein's life's work is to re-animate the recently deceased, however when he finally achieves his goal,... MoreFrankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus

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Book 14
Book 14

Time Machine

Well's classic tale tells the story of the unnamed time traveller, who travels thousands of years into the future, where... MoreTime Machine

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Book 14
Book 14

Robinson Crusoe

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Book 15
Book 15

Cleopatra

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Book 15
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Book 47
Book 47

The Gold Bug and Other Stories

Includes three chilling Poe tales: "The Gold Bug"; "The Tell-Tale Heart"; and "The Cask of Amontillado". In "The Gold Bu... MoreThe Gold Bug and Other Stories

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Book 16

Moby Dick

Melville's tale of the whaling industry, and one captain's obsession with revenge against the Great White Whale that too... MoreMoby Dick

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Book 17
Book 17

Argonauts

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Book 17
Book 17

Macbeth

After winning an important victory in battle, Macbeth, a Scottish Lord, is prophesied to become king by three mysterious... MoreMacbeth

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Book 18
Book 18

Downfall

Zola's great story of the Franco-Prussian War. Classics Illustrated tells this wonderful tale in colourful comic strip... MoreDownfall

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Book 18
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Book 20
Book 20

Great Expectations

Pip is a young blacksmith’s apprentice, who is one day accosted by an escaped convict, who he aids by providing him with... MoreGreat Expectations

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Book 21
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Book 21
Book 21

Treasure Island

One of the best-loved adventure stories ever written, Treas ure Island's timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps, m... MoreTreasure Island

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Book 22
Book 22

Davy Crockett

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Book 22
Book 22

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's tale of Alice and her adventures down the rabbit hole, where she meets the most eccentric characters inc... MoreAlice in Wonderland

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Book 23
Book 23

Rob Roy

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Book 24
Book 24

Kidnapped

Stevenson's tale of the adventures of David Balfour, sold into slavery at sea, and his daring escape… Classics Illustrat... MoreKidnapped

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Book 25
Book 25

Three Musketeers

Dumas's classic adventure tale of the hot-headed young D’Artagnan, who wishes to join the King’s Musketeers. Deceit and ... MoreThree Musketeers

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Book 26
Book 26

20000 Leagues Under the Sea

The subaquatic adventures of Captain Nemo and his captives and crew on his submarine, the Nautilus. Classics Illustrated... More20000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Book 28
Book 28

Last Days of Pompeii

Bulwer-Lytton's story of fictional events in Pompeii in the days leading up to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which des... MoreLast Days of Pompeii

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Book 30
Book 30

Julius Caesar

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Book 40
Book 40

David Copperfield

Young David Copperfield enjoys a happy childhood with his widowed mother, until she decides to marry the stern and unfor... MoreDavid Copperfield

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Book 41
Book 41

First Men in the Moon

Upon meeting Cavor, a physicist, Bedford, the narrator, becomes deeply intrigued by Cavor’s work on a substance that wil... MoreFirst Men in the Moon

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Book 42
Book 42

Ox-Bow Incident

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Book 44
Book 44

39 Steps

John Buchan's thrilling tale of an innocent man caught up in a web of spies, lies and murder. Can Richard Hannay save hi... More39 Steps

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Book 47
Book 47

Off on a Comet

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Book 49
Book 49

Midsummer Nights Dream

Shakespeare's comedy about the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, and the mischievous Puck as they create confusi... MoreMidsummer Nights Dream

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Book 51
Book 51

Iliad

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Book 53
Book 53

Buffalo Bill

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Book 53
Book 53

Odyssey

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Book 55
Book 55

The Prisoner of Zenda

Set in the fictional land of Ruritania, "The Prisoner of Zenda" is a tale of intrigue, crime and scheming villains tryin... MoreThe Prisoner of Zenda

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Book 59
Book 59

Abraham Lincoln

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Book 60
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Book 65
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Oregon Trail

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Book 66
Book 66

Pioneers

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Book 70
Book 70

Song of Hiawatha

Longfellow's epic poem of the legendary Native American hero, Hiawatha and his love, Minnehaha, as he performs many br... MoreSong of Hiawatha

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Book 71
Book 71

Man Who Laughs

"The Man Who Laughs" tells of a facially disfigured boy, Gwynplaine, who is taken in by a carnival vendor and performs... MoreMan Who Laughs

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Book 72
Book 72

The Aeneid

"The Aeneid" tells of the adventures of the Trojan hero, Aeneas, the ancestor of the Romans. Classics Illustrated tells ... MoreThe Aeneid

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Book 73
Book 73

Through the Looking-Glass

Lewis Carroll's follow-up to his classic "Alice in Wonderland", with further adventures of Alice. Classics Illustrated t... MoreThrough the Looking-Glass

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Book 81
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Book 82
Book 82

Daniel Boone

The life story of Daniel Boone, American explorer, pioneer and frontiersman and one of the first folk heroes of the Un... MoreDaniel Boone

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Book 82
Book 82

Classics Illustrated #11: The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce's 1911 satire is illustrated with the surreal and macabre art of famed New Yorker cartoonist Gahan Wilson... MoreClassics Illustrated #11: The Devil's Dictionary

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Book 83
Book 83

Food of the Gods

A scientist discovers a new substance which makes animals grow to several times their normal size, but soon the substanc... MoreFood of the Gods

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Book 84
Book 84

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's famous historical play tells of the events leading up to the assassination of Roman leader and dictator, J... MoreJulius Caesar

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Book 85
Book 85

Arabian Nights

May the legends of old be lessons to the people of our time, so that a man may see those things which befell others besi... MoreArabian Nights

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Book 86
Book 86

Don Quixote

The classic story of misadventure by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra retold for children ready to tackle longer and more co... MoreDon Quixote

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Book 86
Book 86

Kit Carson

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Book 88
Book 88

Treasure Island

Stevenson's great tale of pirates and buried treasure. Classics Illustrated tells this wonderful tale in a colourful gra... MoreTreasure Island

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Book 89
Book 89

The Deerslayer

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Book 89
Book 89

Joan Of Arc

When Joan of Are was thirteen she began to hear heavenly voices saying that God had chosen her to deliver Orleans from t... MoreJoan Of Arc

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Book 91
Book 91

The Black Arrow

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Book 92
Book 92

All Quiet on the Western Front

Narrated by Paul Bäumer, a young man fighting on the French front, Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Fron... MoreAll Quiet on the Western Front

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Book 94
Book 94

The Time Machine

Wells' classic tale tells the story of the unnamed time traveller, who travels thousands of years into the future, where... MoreThe Time Machine

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Book 95
Book 95

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain's classic tale of Tom Sawyer and his friends, with murder, intrigue and hidden treasure to boot! Classics Ill... MoreThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Book 104
Book 104

Around the World in 80 Days

Phileas Fogg, a rich gentleman, joins some members of his private club in a wager that he cannot travel around the world... MoreAround the World in 80 Days

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Book 110
Book 110

Rob Roy

The adventures of Francis Osbaldistone and his time in Scotland with the famous outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor during the time... MoreRob Roy

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Book 119
Book 119

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr. Henry Jekyll is a well-liked and respected physician. When he calls upon his lawyer, Mr. Utterson, to draw up a new ... MoreDr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Book 121
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Book 122
Book 122

Last of the Mohicans

Fenimore Cooper's tale of Hawk-eye and his Mohican friends Chingachgook and his son, Uncas, as they help four wayward Br... MoreLast of the Mohicans

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Book 123
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Book 124
Book 124

Ivanhoe

Sir Walter Scott's tale of adventure during the times of Robin Hood. Classics Illustrated tells this wonderful tale in c... MoreIvanhoe

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Book 126
Book 126

Black Beauty

"Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when they see it." Tran... MoreBlack Beauty

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