The digest-sized “photo novel” It Rhymes with Lust (1950), one precursor of the graphic novel. Cover art by using Matt Baker and Ray Osrin.

The Forties saw the launching of Classics Illustrated, a comic-e-book collection that generally adapted top notch, public domain novels into standalone comic books for younger readers. In 1947 Fawcett Comics published Comics Novel #1: “Anarcho, Dictator of Death”, a 52-web page comedian devoted to one story.[17] In 1950, St. John Publications produced the digest-sized, grownup-orientated “photograph novel” It Rhymes with Lust, a film noir-inspired slice of steeltown life starring a scheming, manipulative redhead named Rust. Touted as “an unique full-period novel” on its cover, the 128-page digest with the aid of pseudonymous writer “Drake Waller” (Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller), penciler Matt Baker and inker Ray Osrin proved a hit sufficient to cause an unrelated second image novel, The Case of the Winking Buddha by way of pulp novelist Manning Lee Stokes and illustrator Charles Raab.[18][19] Presaging Will Eisner’s a couple of-tale photograph novel A Contract with God (1978), cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman wrote and drew the 4-story mass-market paperback Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book (Ballantine Books #338K), published in 1959.[20]

By the past due Nineteen Sixties, American comedian e-book creators were turning into greater adventurous with the form. Gil Kane and Archie Goodwin self-published a forty-page, magazine-format comics novel, His Name is… Savage (Adventure House Press) in 1968—the equal yr Marvel Comics posted two troubles of The Spectacular Spider-Man in a similar format. Columnist and comic-book creator Steven Grant additionally argues that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Doctor Strange story in Strange Tales #130–146, even though posted serially from 1965–1966, is “the primary American photograph novel”.[21] (Similarly, critic Jason Sacks stated the 13-problem “Panther’s Rage” — comics’ first-acknowledged titled, self-contained, multi-issue tale arc — that ran from 1973 to 1975 inside the Black Panther collection in Marvel’s Jungle Action as “Marvel’s first photo novel”.[22])


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