Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos


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  1. prasrinivara

    prasrinivara GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Actually, graphic novels existed in “Classic Illustrated” comics (titles I’ve read: Ivanhoe, Ben Hur, Silas Marner) even before Sergio was born.

    I remember owning two of these titles 42 years ago (and reading the third one — the one by George Elliott — 37 years ago).

  2. Nachikethass

    Nachikethass said, over 3 years ago


    I inherited a couple of dozen of them from an unknown ‘uncle’ 30-odd years ago!

  3. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 3 years ago

    Rob’t Rodriguez approves!

  4. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 3 years ago

    Good for you Baldo!

  5. bevgrey

    bevgrey said, over 3 years ago

    I have a Classic Comics version of Ginsberg’s “Howl”. Wish I could find it. It’s been in the basement for years, so it’s probably more than a little musty.

  6. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, over 3 years ago

    Now graphic novels are another name for comic books, my son reads them.

  7. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, over 3 years ago


  8. Glover Garrett

    Glover Garrett said, over 3 years ago

    Those “Classics Illustrated” comics helped me in many of my book reports back in the 1940s.

  9. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    ^ I was wondering what those were all about. My reading fare as a kid consisted of the newspapers I delivered every day.

  10. JoPhan

    JoPhan said, over 3 years ago


    I remember those, but they were illustrated versions of regular novels. A graphic novel, OTOH, is intended to be a combination of words and pictures, so that the artist provides the descriptions and part of the narrative, and the writer does the rest of the narrative and the dialogue. There’s nothing wrong with a well-done graphic novel, it’s just a fairly new way to tell a story. And, at least Baldo is reading it because he wants to instead of for school, and he’s clearly enjoying it. It’s a lot better than if he were looking at a car magazine and only paying attention to the pictures.

  11. archangel2244

    archangel2244 said, over 3 years ago

    They would call them funny books like my parents did.

  12. mafastore

    mafastore said, over 3 years ago

    Classics Illustrated was not allowed. They were garbage reading, better to read the original. Perhaps that’s why in second grade I was reading at the end of the SRA reading box instead of the front like everyone else, by 5th grade I was reading grown up books (no, not that kind of “adult book” ). Maybe that’s why I can read a book in a couple of hours that takes my husband, who read Classics Illustrated months to read.

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