Geary’s Great Expectations

Great Expectations cover

I hadn’t paid much attention to Papercutz’s Classics Illustrated line revamp. Although a wonderful idea, doing classic works of literature in comic form, it never seems to work out quite as intended. (This is at least the third attempt at the idea with that name.) I suspect kids can tell that what they’re getting is supposed to be good for them, and adaptations, even of great books, don’t inspire quite the creative achievement that more original work does.

Given my love for his work, though, I was excited to hear that the next release was Great Expectations by Rick Geary.

Great Expectations is a full-color hardcover, 56 pages long, at a size of 6 1/2″ by 9″, a cover price of $9.95, and the ISBN 978-1-59707-097-3. In both the prose novel and the graphic novel, the homeless orphan Pip falls desperately in love with the beautiful but shallow Estella. Pip struggles to prove himself worthy of Estella while a mysterious benefactor intervenes in the boy’s life.

It’s not new work, but a reprint of a 1990 First Comics release. The hardcover binding should make it more school- and library-friendly, which I suspect are the key audience targets. Nice price point for that.

6 Responses to “Geary’s Great Expectations”

  1. Ray Cornwall Says:

    My question: Many of the creators of First Comics were royally screwed when that operation went belly-up. As a result, I’d wonder if Geary was getting any sort of reprint money for this new edition. I’d be less interested if there’s no payments for the creators because of some hitch in the First situation.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, what an excellent question! I think I will ask the publisher about that.

  3. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    Geary’s Great Expectations was one of their early adaptations, I believe. My recollection is that the creators who got screwed were the later adaptations (particularly the ones that were assigned and then not published by First because they stopped publishing). this probably included one of my favorites of their adaptations, Peter Kuper’s The Jungle.

    The First version of Classics Illustrated did such a good job of finding artists that fit the mood of the works — I’m really glad to see them coming back into print.

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