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Golden Age Christmas – Christmas Carol, Classics Illustrated Style

Welcome to the latest edition of Golden Age Christmas, where we will feature a different Golden Age Christmas comic book story every day from now until Christmas Eve!

Today we look at a 1948 Classics Illustrated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…

This fine adaptation was written by George Lipscomb and drawn by Henry Kiefer…

Soon after we are introduced to Scrooge, he is berating his nephew over Christmas…

Later that night, Scrooge meets his first ghost, that of his former partner, Jacob Marley…

Then we meet the Ghost of Christmas Past…

Here’s a couple of great moments from this visit…

and we see Scrooge miss out on love…

When the Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge around, Scrooge sees his employee Bob Cratchett’s family…

The Ghost of Christmas Future takes Scrooge to the near future, where Scrooge is dead, as is Tiny Tim…

Great scene.

Scrooge is now redeemed, and he brings Bob Cratchett to his office the next day to surprise him…

Here’s the great epilogue…

Very strong adaptation. Liefer was a good artist. He was in his late 50′s when he drew this one.

4 Comments

interesting to find that some one actully took a christmas carol and did it as a comic book including nailing scrooges character all up to changing when he learns of tiny tim

A lot of great lines straight from Dickens at the end there, but I miss that classic opening that starts, “Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.” (In fact, he’s not only merely dead, he’s really quite sincerely dead!)

Also don’t see the immortal line“I wear the chains I forged in life.” But that may well have been in a part you didn’t show…

I was disappointed that they left out the gravy/grave joke, even though they included the bit about the undigested meat or potato.

Scrooge’s death isn’t as shocking a glimpse of Christmas future as discovering his housekeeper and the undertaker have ripped off the bedclothes he died on. Still, an effective adaptation.

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