Halloween May Be Over, but the Ghosts of Christmas Have Arrived in Brand New Adaptation of a Charles Dickens Classic

I'm sure we all have our favorite holiday classics that we grew up with, stories we’ve heard hundreds of times, that we could nearly quote from memory. For me, Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, originally published in 1843, is one of those stories. I’ve seen many adaptations from stage to screen, read the original book, and listened to audio retellings of this well-loved, timeless classic. Now, thanks to comiXology, you can read a brand new take on the classic story, adapted by the late, great Harvey Kurtzman.

In 1954, just a couple of years after Kurtzman founded MAD Magazine and many years before graphic novels would have their own section at Barnes and Noble, Harvey Kurtzman had plans to create his very own graphic novel adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol. Unfortunately, the project never took off due to the inability to find a willing publisher, as comics were seen as unsophisticated at the time. Now, almost 25 years after his passing, Harvey Kurtzman’s dream project has finally come to fruition in a beautiful, full-color, 120-page graphic novel, titled Marley’s Ghost. In addition to the Kurtzman Estate and book packagers Kitchen, Lind & Associates, the creative team responsible for bringing this project to life includes artist Gideon Kendall, and writers Shannon Wheeler and Josh O’Neill.

“It’s a pretty unusual project, this posthumous collaboration with one of the greatest writers and one of the greatest cartoonists of all time,” says Josh O’Neill. “As a creator who was massively influenced by Mad Magazine and Kurtzman’s work, Gideon Kendall is the perfect artist to realize Harvey’s vision on the page.”

The book is now available as a part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle for only $2.99 or free with a comiXology Unlimited Subscription, currently offering a 30 day free trial.

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