Gilberton, 1953 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Random Cover from Series #516
Spring 1969
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Publication Dates:
October 1953 - March 1971
Number of Issues Published:
78 (#501 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - #577 - The Runaway Dumpling)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden and Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series
Series Details:
Publisher's Brands:
Indicia Publishers:
Notes
Classics Illustrated Junior is a series of 77 fairy and folk tale, myth and legend comic book adaptations created by Albert Lewis Kanter as a companion series to his popular Classics Illustrated. The Junior series began monthly publication by Famous Authors, Ltd. in October 1953, and published its last "first edition" issue in 1962. Titles were reprinted over the years until spring 1971 when the series ceased publication altogether.

Issues cost 15-cents rather than the typical 10 or 12-cents, and jumped to 25-cents before the series' demise. Supplemental features included Aesop fables adaptations, a limerick by Edward Lear, a nursery rhyme or a poem from Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses", a factual article about a bird, beast, fish or reptile, and a dot-to-dot puzzle or a picture to color. Full-page, back cover pinups of story scenes were featured on the first 20 titles.

Kanter allowed only in-house advertising in his publications. Inside back covers sometimes offered lists of back titles and order forms or subscription order forms for the Junior series and sometimes Classics Illustrated. First editions of a title featured a "Coming Next Month" promo on the inside front cover which was dropped in reprints. Artists associated with the series included John Costanza, Kurt Schaffenberger, L. B. Cole, Dik Browne, and Graham Ingels. Kanter distributed the line abroad.

In the new millennium, some titles were reprinted by Jack Lake Productions of Canada, and, in September 2008, Classic Comic Store Ltd., based in the United Kingdom, began publishing the Junior line for distribution in the UK, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
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501 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 502 - The Ugly Duckling
503 - Cinderella 504 - The Pied Piper
505 - The Sleeping Beauty 506 - The Three Little Pigs
507 - Jack and the Beanstalk 508 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears
509 - Beauty and the Beast 510 - Little Red Riding Hood
511 - Puss In Boots 512 - Rumpelstiltskin
513 - Pinnochio 514 - The Steadfast Tin Soldier
515 - Johnny Appleseed 516 - Aladdin and His Lamp
517 - The Emperor's New Clothes 518 - The Golden Goose
519 - Paul Bunyan 520 - Thumbelina
521 [O] - The King of the Golden River 522 [O] - The Nightengale
522 [HRN 576] 523 - The Gallant Tailor
524 - The Wild Swans 525 - The Little Mermaid
526 - The Frog Prince 527 - The Golden Haired Giant
528 - The Penny Prince 529 - The Magic Servants
530 - The Golden Bird 531 - Rapunzel
532 - The Dancing Princesses 533 - The Magic Fountain
534 - The Golden Touch 535 - The Wizard of Oz
536 - The Chimney Sweep 537 - The Three Fairies
538 - Silly Hans 539 - The Enchanted Fish
540 - The Tinder-Box 541 - Snow White and Rose Red
542 - The Donkey's Tale 543 - The House in the Woods
544 - The Golden Fleece 545 - The Glass Mountain
546 - The Elves and the Shoemaker 547 - The Wishing Table
548 - The Magic Pitcher 549 - Simple Kate
550 - The Singing Donkey 551 - The Queen Bee
552 - The Three Little Dwarfs 553 - King Thrushbeard
554 - The Enchanted Deer 555 - The 3 Golden Apples
556 - The Elf Mound 557 - Silly Willy
558 - The Magic Dish 559 - The Japanese Lantern
560 - The Doll Princess 561 - Hans Humdrum
562 - The Enchanted Pony 563 - The Wishing Well
564 - The Salt Mountain 565 - The Silly Princess
566 - Clumsy Hans 567 - The Bearskin Soldier
568 - The Happy Hedgehog 569 - The Three Giants
570 - The Pearl Princess 571 - How Fire Came to the Indians
572 - The Drummer Boy 573 - The Crystal Ball
574 - Brightboots 575 - The Fearless Prince
576 - The Princess Who Saw Everything 577 - The Runaway Dumpling

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501 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 501
502 - The Ugly Duckling 502
503 - Cinderella 504 - The Pied Piper
504 505 - The Sleeping Beauty
505 - The Sleeping Beauty 506 - The Three Little Pigs
506 507 - Jack and the Beanstalk
507 508 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears
509 - Beauty and the Beast 509 - Beauty and the Beast
510 - Little Red Riding Hood 510
511 - Puss In Boots 511
512 - Rumpelstiltskin 512 - Rumpelstiltskin
513 - Pinnochio 513
514 - The Steadfast Tin Soldier 515 - Johnny Appleseed
515 516 - Aladdin and His Lamp
516 517 - The Emperor's New Clothes
517 518 - The Golden Goose
518 519 - Paul Bunyan
519 520 - Thumbelina
520 521 [O] - The King of the Golden River
521 522 [O] - The Nightengale
522 [HRN 576] - The Nightengale 522 [HRN 576]
523 - The Gallant Tailor 524 - The Wild Swans
525 - The Little Mermaid 526 - The Frog Prince
527 - The Golden Haired Giant 528 - The Penny Prince
529 - The Magic Servants 530 - The Golden Bird
530 531 - Rapunzel
531 532 - The Dancing Princesses
532 533 - The Magic Fountain
533 534 - The Golden Touch
534 535 - The Wizard of Oz
535 535
536 - The Chimney Sweep 537 - The Three Fairies
538 - Silly Hans 539 - The Enchanted Fish
540 - The Tinder-Box 541 - Snow White and Rose Red
542 - The Donkey's Tale 543 - The House in the Woods
544 - The Golden Fleece 545 - The Glass Mountain
546 - The Elves and the Shoemaker 547 - The Wishing Table
548 - The Magic Pitcher 549 - Simple Kate
550 - The Singing Donkey 551 - The Queen Bee
552 - The Three Little Dwarfs 553 - King Thrushbeard
554 - The Enchanted Deer 555 - The 3 Golden Apples
556 - The Elf Mound 557 - Silly Willy
558 - The Magic Dish 559 - The Japanese Lantern
560 - The Doll Princess 561 - Hans Humdrum
562 - The Enchanted Pony 563 - The Wishing Well
564 - The Salt Mountain 565 - The Silly Princess
566 - Clumsy Hans 567 - The Bearskin Soldier
568 - The Happy Hedgehog 569 - The Three Giants
570 - The Pearl Princess 571 - How Fire Came to the Indians
572 - The Drummer Boy 573 - The Crystal Ball
574 - Brightboots 575 - The Fearless Prince
576 - The Princess Who Saw Everything 577 - The Runaway Dumpling