War of the Worlds (Classics Illustrated) by H G  Wells

War of the Worlds (Classics Illustrated)

Written by H G Wells
Part of the Classics Illustrated Series

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One of a range of marvellous comic books created in the '50s and '60s, now with artwork re-coloured and covers digitally enhanced for a new generation. Perfectly bound at a terrifically good value price.

“I would certainly recommend any parent hoping to inspire an interest in the ‘classics’ of literature to consider exposing their children to this excellent version of the story. Certainly the art is striking. The cover is simply superb, and Cameron's Tripods are a masterpiece of design” - John Gosling - writer

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Classics Illustrated - A wonderful History - We're delighted to re-introduce these marvellous comic books to new generations of readers who will surely enjoy them as fantastic tales of adventure and excitement but will also improve their reading skills as a result and be inspired to read the complete versions of many of these fine works. I sincerely hope that you enjoy these superb adaptations and are similarly inspired as I was, nearly 50 years ago. Jeff Brooks, CEO, Classic Comic Store Ltd


War of the Worlds (Classics Illustrated) by H G Wells

The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on a common in London. Terrifying tentacled invaders emerge and kill everything in their path. Soon the whole of human civilisation is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines. Ultimately however, the forces of the Earth overcome the Martians in a way you least expect.

The Classics Illustrated titles:

1 The War of the Worlds
2 Oliver Twist
3 Robin Hood
4 The Man in the Iron Mask
5 Romeo and Juliet
6 A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
7 Les Miserables
8 The Jungle Book
9 Mutiny on the Bounty
10 Wuthering Heights (July 09)
11 Knights of the Round Table (Aug 09)
12 Jane Eyre (Sept 09)
13 Frankenstein (Oct 09)
14 The Time Machine (Nov 09)
15 A Christmas Carol (Dec 09)
16 Moby Dick (Jan 2010)

Click here to view all the Classics Illustrated and Classics Illustrated Junior titles.


What Authors think of these Classics

I like these illustrated Children's Classics. I'm a great fan of comics and the comic strip and I think these books offer a good way for young readers to get into some of the greatest stories ever told. My three-year old was particularly keen on the Goldilocks one and has asked for it again and again!
Michael Rosen (Children's Laureate)

"My son Jack didn't like English at high school so I bought him a lot of comic versions of classic books such as Jekyll And Hyde, Kidnapped and Macbeth - now he wants to go to see the Shakespeare play. It's a great way to get people to read. The problem is that there just aren't enough comics out there any more."
Ian Rankin – author

"Even before I could read, I remember pouring through my brothers' copies of Classics Illustrated, over and over, especially their excellent comic book adaptations of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and War of the Worlds."
Martin Powell – Author

Comics - a great way for new and reluctant readers to enjoy the classics

"It's exciting to now see people well respected in education advocating comics in schools. As an English teacher and huge comic fan, I've often tried to convince colleagues of the power of comics as worthy texts"
Katie Barrowman – teacher

"If you’re old enough to remember the Classics Illustrated comic books, you’ll be glad to know that they’re back. They promise to encourage readers to get into, and through, the classics."
Dodie Ownes -- School Library Journal

"Comics are the most exciting medium today for teachers who want to grab their students' attention without sacrificing depth, and for librarians who are intrigued by this art form and its possibilities for encouraging new readers."

About the Author

H G  Wells

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book which he could find. Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education at the Normal School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction" (although he never called it such)was clearly influenced by his studies at the Normal School and his interest in biology.

H.G. Wells gained fame with his first major fiction work: The Time Machine in 1895. Soon after the publication of this book, Wells followed with The Island of Dr. Moreau (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and perhaps his most famous popular work: The War of the Worlds (1898).

Over the years Wells became concerned with the fate of human society in a world where technology and scientific study were advancing at a rapid pace. For a period he was a member of The Fabian Society, a group of social philosophers in London. Wells's later works became less science fiction and more social critique.

The accuracy of the "science" in Wells's work has often been called into question. It is rumored that Wells and the French novelist Jules Verne actually criticized each other's writing. Wells's claim was that "Verne couldn't write himself out of a paper sack" and Verne accused Wells of having "scientifically implausible ideas." The science may not be accurate, but the adventure and philosophy in those books makes Wells' early science fiction fun and fascinating to read.

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48 pages


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Classic Comic Store Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2008




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