Friday, October 9, 2015


Classics Illustrated #4 The Last of the Mohicans was illustrated by legendary John Severin & Stephen Addeo as an adaptation of classic novel of the same title written by James Fenimore Cooper. Certainly a fine representation of Severin's great work in the comic book field.

John Severin! Who knew? I am constantly amazed at the comic book talent in the Classics Illustrated series.

Great splash page!

Set in 1757, when France and Great Britain battled for control of North America, it is the story of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, commander of a beleaguered fort and their journey to be reunited with him. The girls, Cora and Alice, are rescued from an ambush by Hawkeye, a hunter, and his two Mohican companions, Chingachgook and his son, Uncas. Together, they endeavor to get the girls to safety.

Classics Illustrated #4 The Last of the Mohicans 
Text article of the original author with portrait and illustration of James Fenimore Cooper writing at his desk.
Penciled by John (Sgt. Fury, Blazing Combat) Severin with inks by Stephen (Classics Illustrated) Addeo.

When Marvel Comics adapted The Last of the Mohicans back in their Marvel Illustrated series (#6) a few years ago, one of the covers was from another favorite artist of mine, David Mack. Roy Thomas scripted the comic book series.

Famed Heat (based on his terrific TV movie L.A. Takedown) director Michael Mann wrote the Last of the Mohicans motion picture screenplay with Christopher Crowe as well as directing it as well. He also both directed and wrote the screenplay to Manhunter, the first appearance of Hannibal Lecktor (from Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.) One of my all time favorite movies.

I hope you've enjoyed the Classics Illustrated series as much as I have. It was an important part of my growing up.

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Thank You! 

Powerful N.C. Wyeth illustration for Last of the Mohicans I came across recently, just had to include it!

1 comment:

  1. Never saw this one before, but I detect the hand of Reed Crandall on some of the pencils. Take a second look at pages 19 (especially the woman at the bottom),23, 25 and 33, if I'm reading the numbers correctly. That guy pointing away from us on page 23 has the curve and folds of a Crandall arm. unlike Severin's more basic angles. And a lot of the landscaping, rocks and waterways remind me of Crandall's Flash Gordon comic of years later. I've not seen any documentation of this, so I may just be hallucinating. but I know Crandall pencilled for Evans on some Classics and that a lot of E.C. guys jammed on some of the double sized Classics "World Around Us" books.

    Thanks for posting this.