Wednesday, December 24, 2014
More on Pendulum Press--the 1972 CI reprints
As reported by William B. Jones, Jr. in his excellent Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, the Pendulum Press "Now Age Books" series originated in 1972 as reprints of original Classics Illustrated and Classics Illustrated Junior titles. When these failed to sell well, Pendulum decided to go with new adaptations and new art the following year. I had never encountered a one of the CI reprints, either on line or off, until yesterday, when the Now Age Books reissue of CI's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea showed up on eBay. (It's on its way to my address as we speak. Paid too much for it, and I'd do it again.) I proceeded to locate two other Now Age/CI cover scans in cyberspace. Behold:
Now I know these things exist. Frankly, I was beginning to think Jones may be in error. After all, even a survey as skillfully researched and organized as his CI history is bound to contain a few errors, given its sheer scope. But, as it turns out, Jones' 1972 Pendulum data is spot on, to the delight of this CI fan. The 1972 CI reprints really did happen, and I'm going to have one in my humble collection. CI Santa is looking out for this collector....