Classics Illustrated #21 [HRN 114] - 3 Famous Mysteries
([December 1953])

Gilberton, 1947 Series
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0.15 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly except February, May, August, and November
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Gilberton Company, Inc.
Brand
Classics Illustrated
Editing
Al Kanter (as Albert W. Raymond) (editor); Harry Adler (as Harry M. Adler) (managing editor)

Issue Notes

Second indexer's copy has painted cover; HRN 114; and Classics Illustrated brand, all supporting the 1953 dating above. The indicia date, however, is April, 1945.

3 Famous Mysteries (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Parker (painted)
Inks
John Parker (painted)
Colors
John Parker (painted)

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Sherlock Holmes; Toby (bloodhound)
Synopsis
Sherlock Holmes and Toby upon the traces
Reprints
Keywords
bloodhound; crime; detective; dog; England; murder; mystery

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Sign of the 4 (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 29 pages (report information)

Script
Arthur Conan Doyle (original author); ? (adaptor)
Pencils
Louis Zansky (as Zansky)
Inks
Louis Zansky (as Zansky)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Miss Mary Morstan; Thaddeus Sholto; Inspector Jones; Toby (bloodhound); Jonathan Small; Tonga
Synopsis
Mary Morstan consults Sherlock Holmes about her missing father, mysterious pearls, and a curious invitation. They are led to Bartholomew Sholto, who has discovered a treasure in which she should share, but he has been killed and the treasure taken. Holmes, Watson, and Inspector Jones track the killers and thieves (Small and Tonga), whom Sholto's father had cheated in India. Small and Tonga are both killed.
Keywords
bloodhound; crime; detective; dog; England; India; murder; mystery

Indexer Notes

Watson is presented comically, as in the contemporary Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce films, rather than as in the original story.

The Flayed Hand (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Guy de Maupassant (original author); ? (adaptor)
Pencils
Allen Simons
Inks
Allen Simons
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Henry Matson; Mrs Matson; Peter
Synopsis
Peter shows his friends a flayed hand, which belonged to a long-dead murderer. Henry Matson had gone wild, killing with a hatchet, until a strong man wrestled it away and killed him in his turn. The friends warn Peter that the dead killer may return, but he scoffs. That night, the hand strangles Peter as Marston gloats from beyond the grave.
Keywords
crime; ghost; hatchet; horror; murder; supernatural

Indexer Notes

Bloody hatchet blade in one panel

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Edgar Allan Poe (original author); ? (adaptor)
Pencils
Arnold Hicks (as Arnold L. Hicks)
Inks
Arnold Hicks (as Arnold L. Hicks)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Dupin; Poe; inspector; Jean; ape
Synopsis
A mysterious assailant brutally kills two women in the Rue Morgue. Dupin concludes that the killer must be an ape, and leads the hunt to track him down and kill him.
Keywords
ape; Borneo; crime; detective; France; horror; murder; mystery; Paris

Indexer Notes

Dupin's friend is specifically identified as Poe, as is not the case in the original. None of Dupin's thought processes are explained. Bloody razor shown, along with dead bodies and pool of blood.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Born in Boston January 18, 1809, Poe was orphaned in early childhood.
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Edgar Allan Poe; Guy de Maupassant; Arthur Conan Doyle
Synopsis
Short bios of the three authors

Indexer Notes

Portraits of the authors

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Build Your Own Library (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. 3 Famous Mysteries
  2. 1. ["Free Free"]
  3. 2. The Sign of the 4
  4. 3. The Flayed Hand
  5. 4. The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  6. 5. ["Born in Boston January 18, 1809, Poe was orphaned in early childhood."]
  7. 6. ["Read the best in the world's finest juvenile publication"]
  8. 7. Build Your Own Library
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