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Classics Illustrated
No. 3 - Robin Hood


Author: Howard Pyle
Artists: Jack Sparling
Classic Comic Store Ltd
RRP: £2.99
ISBN: 978 1 906814 05 2
Available 02 March 2009

The adventures of Robin Hood are brought to life in comic book form. This illustrated version of the tale is based on Howard Pyle's Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, and is set during the reign of Richard the Lionheart in the late 12th century...

The Classics Illustrated series was originally printed over a 30 years period - from 1941 to 1971. It introduced generations of children to some of the most famous stories ever told. Now, Classic Comic Store Ltd is reprinting these publications so that a new generation of children can discover these classics tales.

Volume 3, Robin Hood, is based on Howard Pyle' Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. Sadly nowhere in this collection are we told what the original publishing date was for this comic book edition, something that I'm sure would be of interest to the more mature reader.

The text and illustrations have dated considerably but, taking into account when the story is supposed to be set, this doesn't really detract from the collection as a whole.

At the back of this collection we also get a page dedicated to the legend of Robin Hood as well as a run down of the numerous timelines - history is very sketchy on when exactly Robin Hood was supposed to have existed.

What's great about this series is that it attempts to bring some of the best literature into the homes of children who would probably never discover the original books on their own. So, once they've read the comic book and know the story, there's an interested generated about the legend which may spurn some youngsters into reading up more on the legend.

An interesting tale well worth reading.


Darren Rea

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