THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Overview) Part 2
First published in 1874, this was another of the earliest Jules Verne stories I was exposed to as a kid. More or less. More so than most, various adaptations of this story have been more different from each other than normal.
Gilberton's CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED line was shut down in 1971.
In 1973, Pendulum Press, Inc. picked up the ball, doing brand-new versions of old stories in hardbound editions. The line was headed up by Vince Fago, most known for funny-animal comics, and a brief run as Marvel's Editor during WW2. Pendulum's MYSTERIOUS ISLAND was written by Otto Binder and had interior art by E.R. CRUZ. (Cruz did a ton of work for DC and Warren in the
70s & 80s, including THE SHADOW, SHERLOCK HOLMES, and various
stories in EERIE magazine.) There've been 4 different editions of this (so far) over the years!
THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 64-1387 /
cover by EUFRONIO REYES CRUZ (Pendulum Press, Inc. / 1974)
MARVEL CLASSICS COMICS 11 /
cover by Gil Kane & Al Milgrom (Marvel / 1976)
THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND C19 /
cover by E.R. CRUZ (Academic Industries, Inc. / 1984)
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED 24 /
cover by RICHARD CASE (Acclaim Entertainment / July 1997)
THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND SP-9286 /
cover by ?? (Saddleback Publishing, Inc. / 2010)
Copyright (C) the various artists & publishers.
Scan of 1974 Pendulum Press edition from the KNC Book site
Scan of 1976 Marvel Classics Comics edition from the CLCen site
Scan of 1984 Academic Industries edition from the My Comics Shop site
Scan of 1997 Acclaim Entertainment edition from the My Comics Shop site
Scan of 2010 Saddleback Publishing edition from the Saddleback site
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa
Read about the book at the Wikipedia site!
Visit the Jules Verne website
to see various editions of the novel over the years!
Read about the history of Gilberton & Classics Illustrated at Wikipedia
Read about Vincent Fago's Pendulum Press at the Kleefeld On Comics blog
Read more about Pendulum Press at Wikipedia!
Read a bit more about Pendulum Press at the Illustration Facebook blog
Visit the Saddleback Publishing site
to BUY a copy of the Pendulum adaptation!
Read about E.R. Cruz at Steve W.'s Steve Does Comics blog
Read about E.R. Cruz at the Comic Vine site
Read about E.R. Cruz at the Lambiek site
See more of E.R. Cruz's work at the Comic Art Fans site!
Read about Richard Case at the Wikipedia site
Read about Richard Case at the Lambiek site
Read an excerpt of the 1947 Gilberton adaptation!
Read the 1961 Dell Comics adaptation of the Ray Harryhausen movie
at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine!
See the 20,000 LEAGUES overview!
See the JOURNEY overview!
See the MYSTERIOUS ISLAND overview!