Eve Of The War

"Classics Illustrated" WOTW
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Author:  Alland [ Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:42 pm ]
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The first time I ever heard of WOTW was in a comic book put out by the old "Classics Illustrated" company. This outfit put a good many of the great old novels into comic book form, including "Moby Dick", the "Iliad" and "Odyssey", "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", "The First Men in the Moon" (and the rest of the "biggies" by Wells and Verne), and "Faust". They also put out biographical comics about historical figures ranging from Joan of Arc to Buffalo Bill, as well as comics based on historical accounts like Caesar's commentaries on the conquest of Gaul and Bernal Diaz' account of how Cortez conquered Mexico. They also covered a few odds and ends, like zoo supplier Frank Buck's book "Bring 'Em Back Alive" (capturing dangerous animals all over Asia).

Naturally, the comic differed some from the novel. There was no "black smoke" used; just Heat-Rays. Although the events supposedly took place at the turn of the century, the human troops were dressed for World War I, steel helmets and all, and instead of being at the end of an arm, the Martian Heat-Ray projector was mounted in the head, like a cannon in a tank's turret. They DID have a great full-page picture showing the death of the "Thunder Child", though. If you can find any "Classics Illustrated" comic books, grab them, particularly if you have children, as they are a great way to introduce them to the classics of old.

Author:  The Improved Trog [ Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:49 pm ]
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Great to hear! I will be searching around soon enough.

Do you think there is a chance they may be found in sweden too? I think Ive heard something alike that. "Fairytales Illustrated" from the 50's Ive seen translated, so they may exist here too, but not sure.

Author:  Alland [ Mon Sep 05, 2005 11:45 pm ]
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No more comments? Maybe there aren't that many comic book collectors in "Eve of the War". I don't know how many times the story was reprinted. My copy from from the late 1960/early 1970s period, and the cover showed three tripods advancing on a World War I artillery piece and its ragged, tin-hatted crew, the lead machine firing the Heat-Ray from its turreted "gun".

Author:  Heat Ray Projector [ Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:14 pm ]
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i didn't know about this comic. I read Batgirl, Supergir, She Hulk, Catwoman, and The Ultimates.

Author:  oever532 [ Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:35 am ]
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I'm still seeking for a good WOTW comic to add to my collection.

Author:  Loz [ Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:07 pm ]
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Have you looked at The Doctor Who ones?

Author:  McTodd [ Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:14 pm ]
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I'm sure I read recently that the old Classics Illustrated srip was being reprinted...

Over on Dr Zeus's site there's a nice photo of a recreation Frank Daniels made, with a little help from models and Photoshop, of the Classics Illustrated cover...


Author:  Alland [ Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:48 am ]
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That picture's mostly like the cover of my copy. However, the soldier with the shell was in profile on mine, and you could see the legs of the man on the far left. Wonder what changes they've made with the other issues?

Author:  Loz [ Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:44 am ]
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I hate those Tripods. I really do dispise them! :alien:

Author:  oever532 [ Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:55 am ]
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Do they remind you of the Scout Machine in the PC Game?

Author:  Loz [ Sat Sep 10, 2005 11:49 am ]
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They remind me of something I dropped in the toilet this morning!

Author:  oever532 [ Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:03 pm ]
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*goes to toilet*

*while on toilet*

Pardon me, I've been eating Chinese last evening, and it was very hot.

Author:  McTodd [ Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:32 pm ]
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Alland wrote:
Wonder what changes they've made with the other issues?

They haven't made any changes to the cover, that is a fan's reconstruction, depiction, interpretation, call it what you will, of the original Classics Illustrated cover using models and Photoshop - it is not a republication, or reprinting, or facsimile, call it what you will, of the comic itself.

Author:  exodus2310 [ Sat Sep 10, 2005 3:17 pm ]
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Loz wrote:
I hate those Tripods. I really do dispise them! :alien:

Me agrees, theyre hidious!

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