Classics Illustrated....whew. The blandest, most lifeless comics ever, that for good measure turned 3 and 400-page-long timeless masterpieces into 30 or 40 pages of formulaic dreck. Hackwork tossed off by people with neither the knack nor the enthusiasm required for adaptations. I'm actually shocked people still seem to like them.
I understand they were revived a few years ago in a more literate, higher-quality incarnation, and by people committed to doing the job right (or better, at least). Never thumbed through one, but they sure look good.
But the old CIs that Jake refers to? Bleccch. The kind of crap that, if they were the only comics in the barber shop, just made the ordeal of the haircut even worse.
Some of the "new" CIs: