Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells

    (Eureka, 2005)
™ and © Eureka Productions

The classics will never die. An earlier generation grew up on Gilberton’s Classics Illustrated, and, later Marvel Classic Comics. Now, Tom Pomplun has reintroduced many early writers to today’s readers.

As with all Graphics Classics volumes, the art style ranges from text pieces with illustrations (“Le Mari Terrible” and “The Temptation of Harringay”) to full comic-book adaptations (“The Invisible Man” and “Time Machine”). Bordering on an underground art style, Dan O’Neill (an original), Brad Teare, Seth Frail, and Rich Tommaso illustrate adaptations that will appeal to an audience looking for something different.

As a revised edition, the new one contains 95 new pages of work. Whereas the “Time Machine” is more mainstream, the “Inexperienced Ghost” is more whimsically styled and conveys the sense of the story. The “War of the Worlds” broadcast is a reprint, but still delightful. “This is the Columbia Broadcasting System,” says Orson Welles at the conclusion, but he may as well have been saying, “This has been a Graphics Classics Production. Thank you for reading.”

— Tim Lasiuta

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