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Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 1

    Cover art by Henry Kiefer. "The Scarlet Pimpernel," script by Baroness Orczy and Dick Davis (adaptation), art by Jim Lavery; Sir Percy Blakeney adopts the guise of the Scarlet Pimpernel to liberate would-be victims of the guillotine from the architects of the French Revolution. "The Guillotine" article; Information about the use of the guillotine during the French Revolution. "Marie Antoinette" article; A brief biography of the French queen Marie Antoinette. "The French Revolution" article. The Guillotine illustration on back cover by Henry Kiefer. NOTE: This issue an exact reprint of Fast Fiction #1 except for the title change. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #2
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 2
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    "Captain Blood," art by Henry Kiefer; Peter Blood is a surgeon sent to slavery in Barbados for tending to wounded rebels; After capturing a vessel, Blood becomes the leader of other escaped slaves and they become pirates; Adapted from Rafael Sabatini's novel Captain Blood. "Duke of Monmouth" article; The story of the historical figure who features in Blood's background. "James II" article; The story of the historical figure who features in Blood's background. "Rafael Sabatini" article; Biography of the author of Captain Blood. Captain Blood illustration on back cover by Henry Kiefer. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #3
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 3
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    Cover art by Henry Kiefer. "She," script by H. Rider Haggard (as Sir Rider Haggard) and Dick Davis (adaptation), art by Vincent Napoli; L.H. Holly and Leo Vincey venture into Africa and find the lost kingdom Kor, ruled by Ayesha, a woman rendered immortal by a supernatural Flame of Life. Biography of author H. Rider Haggard. "The Dark Continent" article; Information about Africa. "The Civilization of Ancient Egypt" article; Information about Egypt, particularly concerning the construction of the pyramids. Holly and Vincey illustration on back cover by Henry Kiefer. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #4
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 4

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    Cover art by Jim Lavery. "The 39 Steps," script by John Buchan and Dick Davis (adaptation), art by Jim Lavery; Richard Hannay helps secret agent Scudder hide out in his flat; Unfortunately, when Scudder is killed, Hannay is accused of the crime and his best hope for clearing his name is to uncover the conspiracy of undercover agents who orchestrated Scudder's death. "Spies" article; Stories of notorious real-life spies. Biography of author John Buchan. "Scottish Highlands" article; Description of the setting for the 39 Steps and its real world history. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #5
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 5

    Cover art by Henry Kiefer. "Beau Geste," script by P.C. Wren and Dick Davis (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; After a valuable sapphire goes missing, three brothers each decide to venture into the French Foreign Legion so that each will appear to be guilty, rather than expose one of their brethren as the thief; The trio goes into action in the deserts of North Africa and find themselves targeted by soldiers who have heard rumors that they're carrying the sapphire. "The Life of P.C. Wren" bio. "The Mohammedans" article; Information about Muslims. "Thrilling Sports - Mountain Climbing" article. Foreign Legion illustration by Henry Kiefer on back cover. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #6
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 6
    • Cover detached at bottom staple.
    • Restored (see item notes)
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    Cover art by Henry Kiefer (?). "Macbeth" (Part 1), script by William Shakespeare and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; After receiving a prophecy from three witches regarding his future kingship, Macbeth shares this foreknowledge with his wife and she compels him to murder King Duncan to assure he ascends to the throne. "Part 2: Long Live the King! Long Live Macbeth!", script by William Shakespeare and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Macbeth is crowned king of Scotland but he and his wife soon descend into madness as their enemies prepare for an assault on their castle. "Part 3: The Prophecies Revealed," script by William Shakespeare and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Macbeth meets his doom in battle with Macduff. "Some Interesting People Live in the Dictionary" article. "Mollycoddle" article by Jean Newton. "The Riddle of Angkor" article. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #7
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 7

    Cover art by Henry Kiefer. "Boy Hero of the Window Bobby Driscoll" article. "About the Author of the Window" article; Biography of author Cornell Woolrich. "The Window," script by Cornell Woolrich and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Tommy Woodry is constantly making up tall tales; One night, he sees neighbors in his apartment building kill a man; He tries to tell his parents, but is assumed to be telling another fib. "Chapter 2: Cornered by the Killer!", script by Cornell Woolrich and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Tommy tries to involve the police but even they are dubious of his story; Worse, the killers have become alerted to the danger Tommy poses to them. "Chapter 3: No Way to Escape!", script by Cornell Woolrich and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; The murderers close in on Tommy as he runs for his life. "Chapter 4: The Plunge to Doom!", script by Cornell Woolrich and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Tommy flees from the killers into a crumbling building as the police finally close in. "Exciting Sport: The First Dive Bombers" article; All about the sport of falconry. "Daredevil Fugitive" text story. "Post Office Words" article by Francis Colby. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #8
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 8
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    Cover art by Henry Kiefer. "Hamlet Part I," script by William Shakespeare and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Prince Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost, who reveals he was murdered by King Claudius. "Hamlet Part II," script by William Shakespeare and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Hamlet feigns madness to thwart Claudius' suspicions about him. "Hamlet Part III: Hamlet Sets a Trap for the King," script by William Shakespeare and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Hamlet sets up a play which mirrors the events of his father's death, hoping it will provoke King Claudius. "Hamlet Part IV: Vengeance to God Alone Belongs," script by William Shakespeare and Dana Dutch (adaptation), art by Henry Kiefer; Hamlet faces a duel before King Claudius and finally has his revenge before dying. Article about the anti-communist group the Christophers by J. Henry Haggerty. "Skeet Calls for Skill" article; All about skeet shooting. "A Curious List of Everyday Expressions" article by Frank Colby. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #9
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 9

    "Nicholas Nickleby," script by Charles Dickens (original novel) and Dick Davis (adaptation), art by Gustav Schrotter; After the death of the family patriarch, young Nicholas Nickleby and his family are left with little means to survive; The family is forced to split up, and Nicholas lands in a school run by a mean principal. "Exciting Sport: Skiing" article. "Cinderella's Slippers Were Not Made of Glass" article; Information about earlier versions of the Cinderella story where her slippers were made of fur. "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic" text story by Ernest L. Thayer; The great baseball player Casey steps up to bat confident he'll win the game, but instead strikes out. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #10
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 10
    • 1" Cumulative spine split.

    Cover art by H. C. Kiefer. Ben Hur comic ad. "Romeo and Juliet," script by William Shakespeare (original play) and D. E. Dutch (adaptation), art by H. C. Kiefer; When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues between two teenager. "Zadig" text story by Voltaire and Julius W. Muller (adaptation). "The Purple Lock of Nisus" fantasy story. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 11

    Cover art by Gustav Schrotter. "Ben-Hur," script by Lew Wallace and Dana E. Dutch (adaptor), art by Gustav Schrotter; When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and returns for revenge. "What Became of Ben-Hur's Great Wealth?" text article. "James Morier: The Word of the Law" historical one-page story. "Escape from a French War Prison" historical story, script by Frederick Marryat (original author). "The Cheating of Hadschi Stavros" text story by Edmond About (original author). 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 12

    "La Svengali" (The Story of Trilby), script by George du Maurier (original author), art by Gustav Schrotter; The story of Trilby OFerrall, an artists model in Paris, who falls under the spell of the compelling Svengali, a musician who trains her voice through hypnosis and turns her into a singing star; The pair travels throughout Europe on successful concert tours, Trilby as La Svengali, the famous singer, and Svengali as the accompanying orchestra conductor. "The First Commandos, or The Flowers of Begtash" historical article. "Wilhelm Tell" one-page historical story. "How the Rajah Took the Census" text story. La Svengali illustration on the back cover. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #13
    Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated (1949) 13
    • Cover detached at one staple.

    Final issue of the series. Cover art by Henry Kiefer. "Scaramouche," original story by Rafael Sabatini, art by Henry Kiefer; Andre-Louis Moreau is pursued as a political enemy of France; In his journeys, he performs in the Comedia dell'Arte as Scaramouche, in which guise he can spy upon the very people who seek his life; Later, he becomes pupil to a fencing master and soon has the skills he needs to face his enemies. "The Shark Fighters" article; Information about battling sharks underwater. "The Necklace," original story by Guy de Maupassant; Mathilde borrows a necklace from her friend Jeanne to wear at a party, but after losing it she spends her fortune acquiring a replacement; Only after Mathilde falls into poverty and becomes a beggar does she learn Jeanne's necklace wasn't expensive at all--it was an imitation; Adapted from the 1884 short story "La Parure" by Guy de Maupassant. "Tank Tactics at Carthage 241 B.C." article; Information about siege warfare in Carthage. 36 pgs., full color. Cover price $0.10.