Classics Illustrated is a comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Negro Americans…The Early Years and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1971, producing 169 issues. Following the series’ demise, various companies reprinted its titles. This series is different from the Great Illustrated Classics, which is an adaptation of the classics for young readers that includes illustrations, but is not in the comic book form.

There are several Classics Illustrated stories that have been published but these are the only two novels developed for a Black audience.

The Museum of UnCut Funk has acquired these great graphic novels and added them to our comic book archives.

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