Classics Illustrated Special Issue

    (Gilberton, 1955-1964)
™ and © Gilberton

Begun in 1955, Classics Illustrated Special Issues began appearing almost semiannually until 1962. Issue numbers were based on whichever of Gilberton’s Classic Illustrated books were just released (out of 169 total) with the letter A after it. Thus, the first issue, “The Story of Jesus”, began with issue 129A. This practice was common with the company, as also seen in their Classics Illustrated Junior series.

The contents were as inviting as the adaptations of the classical works done in the mainstream title. Each book would take a central theme and present a series of short stories around it. Subjects ranged from the “Prehistoric World”, “The Ten Commandments”, and the “War Between the States” all the way through “Adventures in Science”, “The Atomic Age”, and “To the Stars”.

Many were reprinted a few times, however individual identification can be determined through not only through the print dates, but by the ever popular reorder list on the back of the books where those in the know tend to check the HRN- highest reorder number.

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#129 Variation A

  12/1/1955
  $0.35
  $50.00
No copies available
The Story of JesusLorenz GrahamWilliam A. Walsh

#129 Variation A (2nd printing)

 
  $0.00
  $40.00
No copies available
2nd Printing; The Story of JesusLorenz GrahamWilliam A. Walsh

#129 Variation A (3rd printing)

 
  $0.00
  $22.00
No copies available
3rd Printing; The Story of JesusLorenz GrahamWilliam A. Walsh

#129 Variation A (4th printing)

 
  $0.00
  $45.00
No copies available
4th Printing; The Story of JesusLorenz GrahamWilliam A. Walsh

#129 Variation A (5th printing)

 
  $19.95
  $17.00
No copies available
5th Printing; The Story of Jesus, HardcoverLorenz GrahamWilliam A. Walsh

#132 Variation A

  6/1/1956
  $0.35
  $44.00
No copies available
The Story of America  

#132 Variation A (2nd printing)

 
  $14.99
  $12.50
No copies available
2nd printing; Published by Jake Lake Productions; ca. 2007 Lou Cameron, Lin Streeter, Pete Costanza, Tom Hickey

#135 Variation A

  12/1/1956
  $0.35
  $28.00
1 copy available for $9.99
The Ten CommandmentsLorenz GrahamNorman Nodel

#135 Variation A (2nd printing)

 
  $19.95
  $19.95
No copies available
The Ten Commandments, hardcover  

#138 Variation A

  6/1/1957
  $0.35
  $49.00
1 copy available for $10.00
Adventures in Science  

#138 Variation A (2nd printing)

  6/1/1957
  $0.35
  $5.75
No copies available
2nd printing; Adventures in Science  

#138 Variation A (3rd printing)

  12/1/1961
  $0.35
  $19.00
No copies available
3rd printing; Index mistakenly lists this as 165/A; Adventures in Science  

#141 Variation A

  12/1/1957
  $0.35
  $60.00
2 copies available from $12.00
The Rough Rider  

#141 Variation A (2nd printing)

 
  $14.99
  $12.50
No copies available
2nd printing; Published by Jake Lake Productions; ca. 2008  

#144 Variation A

  6/1/1958
  $0.35
  $94.00
No copies available
Blazing the Trails West  

#147 Variation A

  12/1/1958
  $0.35
  $20.00
1 copy available for $4.00
Crossing the Rockies  

#148 Variation A

  1/1/1959
  $0.15
  $40.00
No copies available
   

#150 Variation A

  6/1/1959
  $0.35
  $40.00
2 copies available from $8.00
Royal Canadian Police  

#150 Variation A (2nd printing)

 
  $14.99
  $14.99
No copies available
Spiral bound; Published by Jack Lake Productions; ca. 2011  

#153 Variation A

  12/1/1959
  $0.35
  $60.00
No copies available
Man, Guns & Cattle  

#154 Variation A

  1/1/1960
  $0.15
  $58.00
No copies available
AKA Classics Illustraated #154- not a special issue  

#156 Variation A

  6/1/1960
  $0.35
  $89.00
No copies available
The Atomic Age  

#159 Variation A

  12/1/1960
  $0.35
  $36.00
3 copies available from $4.75
Rockets, Jets and Missiles  

#162 Variation A

  6/1/1961
  $0.35
  $75.00
No copies available
War Between the States  

#162 Variation A (2nd printing)

 
  $14.99
  $12.00
No copies available
2nd printing; Published by Jake Lake Productions; ca. 2007 Jack Kirby, Sam Glanzman, Till Goodan, George Peltz, George Evans, Edd Ashe, John Tartaglione, Stan Campbell

#165 Variation A

  12/1/1961
  $0.35
  $65.00
No copies available
To the Stars  

#166 Variation A

 
  $0.35
  $51.00
No copies available
World War II  

#166 Variation A (2nd printing)

 
  $19.99
  $19.99
No copies available
2nd printing, ca. 2012; Published by Jack Lake Productions; Spiral-bound  

#167 Variation A

  7/1/1962
  $0.35
  $51.00
No copies available
Prehistoric World  

#167 Variation A (2nd printing)

  7/1/1962
  $0.35
  $45.00
No copies available
HRN 167; Prehistoric World