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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Jane Eyre

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

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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,... More

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    Book 14
    Book 14

    Robinson Crusoe

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    Book 14
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    Time Machine

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

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    Cleopatra

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    Book 16
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    Moby Dick

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

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    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... More

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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... More

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    Book 17
    Book 17

    Argonauts

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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... More

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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... More

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    Book 21
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    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... More

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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... More

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    Book 22
    Book 22

    Davy Crockett

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    Book 23
    Book 23

    Black Beauty

    Anna Sewell's story of the horse, Black Beauty, and his experiences in life with his various owners - some kind, some cr... More

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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 Illustr... More

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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 ... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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    Book 51
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    Iliad

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    Book 53
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    Buffalo Bill

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    Odyssey

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    Book 55
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    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... More

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    Book 59
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    Abraham Lincoln

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    Book 65
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    Oregon Trail

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    Book 66
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    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... More

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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... More

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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 ... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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    Book 85
    Book 85

    Arabian Nights

    When Sheherazad is brought to the palace to be the Sultan's new bride, her very life depends upon her skill as a storyte... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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 Baumer, a young man fighting on the French front, Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Fron... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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 ... More

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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... More

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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... More

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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... More

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