Saturday Morning Classic Books

Oooh, what pretty pictures!

Saturday Morning Classics

Of course I read comic books as a child. I mostly stuck with the tame, humorous fare: Archie, Casper, Richie Rich, nothing too serious for an eight year old. But I, like all those who pass into adulthood, put off such childish things, or so I thought. For those who can’t decide between Middlemarch and an X-Men comic book, now you don’t have to.

Several classics have been adapted to the panel-based comic book style, making these works available to those who might otherwise avoid books with dense text and nothing to stimulate the visual sense. Passing through a bookstore near the start of the Well-Read Man project, I picked up a graphic novel version of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451. Drawn by Tim Hamilton, this 150-page colorful implementation of Bradbury’s classic is an “authorized adaptation.” Bradbury blessed the genre, calling this edition a “further rejuvenation” of his original story.

Several books from this project have made the transition over to illustrations, including some of the most serious and non-comical works every written: The Jungle, The Metamorphosis, even The Origin of Species. In Japan, you can find a manga version of the Bible that churches actually use for evangelical purposes. Oh brave new world that has such comics in it!


  1. Well,as a well read man; I have read the following books by Carl Gustav Jung and other prominant Authors.
    1) The Archetypes and the collective unconscious.
    2) Mysterium Coniunctionis: An inquiry into the separation and synthesis of psychic opposites in alchemy.
    3) The virgin of the world of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus.
    4) Natural history of the intellect by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    5) The Hermetica-the lost wisdom of the Pharaohs.
    6) SOD:the son of the man.
    7) On the Mysteries:Iamblichus. And many,many more.


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