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Re: Illustrated Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0391  Monday, 27 April 1998.

[1]     From:   David P. McKay <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 12:09:06 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0389 Illustrated Hamlet

[2]     From:   Kristen L. Olson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 12:21:56 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Comic Books

[3]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 13:11:56 -0400 (EDT)
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[4]     From:   Hugh Howard Davis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 13:40:41 -0400 (EDT)
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[5]     From:   Steven Marx <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 10:54:47 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0389  Shakespeare in the Comics

[6]     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 14:02:36 -0400 (EDT)
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[7]     From:   Thelma English <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 11:32:51 -0700
        Subj:   Hamlet in cartoon form

[8]     From:   Megan L Isaac <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 16:24:56 -0400 (EDT)
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[9]     From:   Linda Hobbet <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 21:29:18 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

[10]    From:   Kasey Silem Mohammad Hicks <
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Date:   Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 23:20:55 -0800
Subj:   Re: Illustrated Shakespeare

[11]    From:   Pervez Rizvi  <
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Date:   Friday, 24 Apr 1998 10:13:21 +0100
Subj:   RE: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

[12]    From:   Drew Whitehead <
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Date:   Monday, 27 Apr 1998 13:28:27 +1000 (GMT+1000)
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From:           David P. McKay <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 12:09:06 EDT
Subject: 9.0389 Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389 Illustrated Hamlet

Bernice W. Kliman wrote:

>> Does anyone know whether there is a comic book version of Hamlet? I have
>> seen these books for Macbeth, Lear, and Othello. Are there others?

Classics Illustrated Study Guides, published by Acclaim Books, does have
a Hamlet, among its Shakespeare titles.  Acclaim can be reached at
1-888-9ACCLAIM or at P.O. Box 40, Vernon, NJ 07462.  Each title is
$4.99, but if you order 4 titles, you get 2 free.

Best,
David P. McKay

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From:           Kristen L. Olson <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 12:21:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Comic Books

Just a side note:

There's a great edition of Beowulf out there.

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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 13:11:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

There's a comic book Romeo and Juliet like those Bernice mentions.
There are also six Classic Illustrated comic versions (Hamlet, Macbeth,
R and J, 1HV, JC, and AMND).

Best,
Richard

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From:           Hugh Howard Davis <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 13:40:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

I believe Hamlet was the first Shax tackled by the most recent edition
(a little over a year ago) of Classics Illustrated, and it was done at
least once earlier.  Give me time, and I'll try to track down pub. info.

Hugh Davis

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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 10:54:47 -0700
Subject: 9.0389  Shakespeare in the Comics
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389  Shakespeare in the Comics

In response to Bernice Kliman's query about comic book versions:

One of my favorite bardifacts is a DC comics version of A Midsummer
Night's Dream. It was created by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess as Sandman
19 in 1990.  It begins on Midsummer Eve of a plague year with a  caravan
of oxcarts trudging along a muddy track. The boy Hamnet asks his
melancholy father where they will be spending the night and is
interrupted by Will Kemp suggesting a pratfall that could upstage Bob
Armin.  The troupe camps at the foot of the Long Man of Wilmington, one
of the neolithic chalk sculptures on the Downs. Shakespeare and Burbage
meet with a ghostly character who has commissioned the script.  As the
actors get into costume, set up backdrops which blend into the landscape
and practice their lines, the patron addresses the chalk man who opens a
door in the hillside out of which emerge Auberon and Titania and a train
of fairies and goblins eager to watch the play...This is just the first
two pages.

The same collaborators did a version of The Tempest, also imaginative
and well informed, but to me not as magical.

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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 14:02:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

Re the comic book Shakespeare editions: I own the Classics Illustrated
#5 HAMLET, adapted by Steven Grant and Tom Mandrake (NY: Berkeley
Publishing Group, 1990). I've also picked up MACBETH (Workman Pub.
1982), TWELFTH NIGHT and KING LEAR (Oval, 1985 and 1984 respectively).
There are others out there. And in the Shakespeare Association Seminar I
attended this year, Laura Wilson did a very interesting paper on the
series THE SANDMAN, which had several narratives centered on
Shakespeare. Happy Shakespeare's Birthday (or Deathday) to all.

Fran Teague
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From:           Thelma English <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 11:32:51 -0700
Subject:        Hamlet in cartoon form

Bernice W. Klinman asked if there "is a comic book version of Hamlet? I
have seen these books for Macbeth, Lear, and Othello. Are there others?"

Bernice,

There are some wonderful cartoons in a reproducible book I picked up in
the Tudor Guild gift shop in Ashland, Oregon.  The title is "Shakespeare
Made Easy", by Muriel Morris.  All of the characters are dogs, my 11
year old loves them!  M. Morris has a web site with some of the
unpublished cartoons but I have not seen it in ages, it may be gone.
Included in the volume I purchased are doggie versions of Hamlet, JC,
KL, Macbeth, M for M, MND, Othello, R&J, The T of the S, The Tempest,
Twelfth Night, and The Winter's Tale.  Hamlet is eight pages, with six
cartoon frames on each page.  Each frame includes a brief paragraph.  I
have my high school students read the cartoon version before we do a
read-aloud of the play.  It is excellent for a brief introduction or for
younger children.

Thelma English

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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 16:24:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

Classics Illustrated has produced at least two comic book style versions
of Hamlet (but not full text editions).  I believe one came out in the
late 40s or early 50s and the other came out in the early
90s-unfortunately, I don't have the specifics with me in the office.
Several years ago HBO with Random House also did a series of 6 thirty
minute Shakespeare cartoons called the Animated Tales (including Hamlet)
and produced an accompanying textual adaptation (by Leon Garfield) that
uses stills from the cartoons as illustrations.

Megan Isaac

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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 21:29:18 -0700
Subject: 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

Hi,

I have two comic book versions of Hamlet.  One is Classics Illustrated,
from Berkeley Publishing, 1990.  The other is Famous Authors, published
in 1950, and quite collectible.

Linda Hobbet

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Date:           Thursday, 23 Apr 1998 23:20:55 -0800
Subject:        Re: Illustrated Shakespeare

There is an old _Classics Illustrated_ comic book from the sixties that
I remember with considerable nostalgia.  I haven't seen it in years, but
I remember it capturing the drab, ghastly atmosphere of Elsinore quite
nicely-far superior to the crudely executed _Macbeth_ and _Othello_ and
the pretentious _Lear_ of recent years.  The _Classics Illustrated_
series was very handsome, I recall: they had heavier stock paper covers
than regular comics, and there was a great deal of text (at least it
seemed so to a six-year-old) mixed in with the pictures.  The
_Frankenstein_ was excellent as well.

Kasey Hicks

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Date:           Friday, 24 Apr 1998 10:13:21 +0100
Subject: 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

To Bernice Kliman and anyone else interested in comic-book Shakespeare:

There is a comic-book version of Hamlet in a long-running series called
Classics Illustrated. As you might guess, they did comic-book treatments
of lots of famous novels, stories and plays. As I recall, unlike the
Lear, Othello and Macbeth you've seen (which were by a different
company), this Hamlet is an abridged version.

If you need more details let me know off-list. I have a copy somewhere
at home and should be able to provide more info.

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Date:           Monday, 27 Apr 1998 13:28:27 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Subject: 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0389  Qs: Illustrated Hamlet

I am not 100% certain that such a thing exists but I imagine that it
would.  You might try the "Overstreet Price Guide" for comics to
determine if it exists or not.  If it does any halfway decent comic book
store should be able to track down a copy for you.

Drew Whitehead
 

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