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Re: Comic Book Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0646  Tuesday, 5 March 2002

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Mar 2002 09:15:33 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Mar 2002 14:26:00 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Bruce Fenton <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Mar 2002 17:32:37 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Mar 2002 09:15:33 -0800
Subject: 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare

Clinton Atchley wrote,

>Several Shakespeare plays appeared in the old *Classics Illustrated*
>series which may or may not be the "comic book Shakespeare" referenced.
>I know Hamlet, Macbeth, MND were published there as I have copies of
>these.  I'm not sure what else...

In addition, Classics Illustrated published truncated versions of Julius
Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, and 1HIV.  All of these were reprinted in 1997
under the imprint Classics Illustrated Study Guides, designed as a kind
of Cliff's Notes/Cole's Notes/Monarch Notes rip-off, with the old comic
book story substituting for the story synopsis.

Two additional notes:

1) One of yesterday's posts described the Workman/Oval *Romeo and
Juliet* as being published only in the U.K.  Actually, that was
published in the U.S., and possibly other places as well.  It was
*Twelfth Night* that had no U.S. publisher.

2) Classics Illustrated was revived by First Comics of Chicago in the
1980s, and they published a new edition of *Hamlet* in 1990.  In its own
way it is as awful as the original Classics Illustrated Comics, and that
is saying something.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Mar 2002 14:26:00 -0500
Subject: 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare

Mad magazine, when it was a comic book in the 50's, had a "Hamlet
Primer."  I remember one or two of the panels:

    Hamlet loves his mother.
    Hamlet loves his mother very much.
    Does Hamlet love his mother a little too much?
    Perhaps.

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From:           Bruce Fenton <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Mar 2002 17:32:37 EST
Subject: 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0624 Re: Comic Book Shakespeare

The Classics Illustrated editions were originally printed many times
from the 1950s to the 1970s. They were then redone in the 1990s - these
are the best quality and easiest to find.

Neil Gaiman's work has been mentioned in this group before- it's great
stuff- he did a Midsummer and Tempest story - Gaiman is one of the most
critically acclaimed comic writers for his work on Sandman - a must for
any literary fan.

It's great to see the generally under respected art form of comics
mentioned by so many in this wonderful group.  If anyone in interested
in the medium in general and how it fits into the world of "art" (or you
are unconvinced and find your self cringing when your hear of a
Shakespeare "comic") you should take a look at Scott McCloud's
"Understanding Comics" published in the 1990s.  Any good comic books
store (or Amazon/ a really large Borders/ Barnes&Noble) should have it,
the Gaiman Sandman Graphic Novels (with the Shakespeare stories) and
some other good comics (I also recommend Alan Moore's Watchmen and
anything by Will Eisner).

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