Classics Illustrated #13: Ivanhoe

Overview

The Story of Wilfred of Ivanhoe has thrilled audiences since it was first conceived in the early 19th century. Set in 1194 at the end of the Third Crusade, Sir Walter Scott’s novel also contains appearances by Sir Robin of Locksley and his Merry Men. Ray Lago’s background in action-packed comics makes him a great choice to draw this epic tale. The public's interest in this genre shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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Overview

The Story of Wilfred of Ivanhoe has thrilled audiences since it was first conceived in the early 19th century. Set in 1194 at the end of the Third Crusade, Sir Walter Scott’s novel also contains appearances by Sir Robin of Locksley and his Merry Men. Ray Lago’s background in action-packed comics makes him a great choice to draw this epic tale. The public's interest in this genre shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This excellent adaptation of Scott's epic novel compresses an immense amount of action, historical detail, politics, philosophy, drama, and romance. The measured pacing balances the quieter discourses among characters with the violent battles and jousting. In simple and clean layouts, the story flows nicely from panel to panel. The medieval language comes alive in lines such as: "Thou wouldst quench the light of chivalry which alone distinguishes the noble from the base." Harris handles the large cast of characters well, especially Ivanhoe, King Richard, and Robin Hood, who are incognito for most of the story. Lago's wonderful detailed watercolors feature expressive characters, a pastoral countryside, stately castles, and regal pageantry. The omission of sound effects, common in manga and comic books, prevents the story from becoming cartoonlike. The beauty of the artwork contrasts with the often crass, contemptuous behavior of the nobles. The well-written introduction links the themes and attitudes found in the historical novel to issues still being faced in the present, such as class and society, anti-Semitism, concepts of chivalry, and glory in battle. Isaac and Rebecca are portrayed sympathetically, and readers will rightfully be concerned about the intense prejudice against Jews. The striking illustrations and strong storytelling will win over many readers.—June Shimonishi, Torrance Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597072489
  • Publisher: Papercutz
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: Classics Illustrated Graphic Novels Series , #13
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 801,469
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Wayne Harris is a comicbook writer who worked on several titles for Blackthorne Comics including “Danse,” “Outposts,” and “Street Wolf.”

Ray Lago has illustrated over 50 different comicbook titles throughout his career. Aside from CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED, Lago is also known for his work on “X-Men: The Ultra Collection,” (Marvel Comics) “Star Wars: Jedi Academy,” (Leviathan Press), and “Predator” (Dark Horse Comics).

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