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Cheap Thrills: Illustrator Nestor Redondo Draws Dracula

Contributed by Owen Schumacher

They're cheap, and they're really, really fun.

From 1973 into the late '70s, academic publisher Pendulum Press—sometimes giving printing rights to houses like Starbooks—released their Illustrated Classics, a series of edutainment books intended to introduce school kids to great works of the Western canon. Usually paperback but sometimes hardcover, all of the more than 100 books were art directed by editor and producer Vincent Fago. Students were treated to such classics as Hawthorne's, The House of the Seven Gables [1977], Helen Keller's, The Story of My Life [1974], and the highlight of this article, Dracula [1973] by Bram Stoker.

Many of the books, including the one featured, were illustrated by Fago's friend, Nestor Redondo, an amazing talent from the Philippines, whose credits include DC Comics', Rima the Jungle Girl [1974-1975] and Swamp Thing [1974-1976]. As an interesting side note, he also drew the heavenly DC undertaking, The Bible [1975], a curious, one-off collector's item, as well as the Christian comic, Marx, Lenin, Mao and Christ [1977]. Anyway, Nestor was a genius, and vampirism never looked better!

Bram Stoker Dracula

Bram Stoker Dracula

Bram Stoker Dracula

Bram Stoker Dracula

Bram Stoker Dracula

4 comments:

  1. Where would one be able to find these now? I had the Dracula version as a kid and I loved it. I am now on a mission to find a copy.

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  2. You're on a wonderful journey, my friend. Alibris.com is my favorite. There are tons of third party libraries connected to the site, so you can find lots of dusty books for cheap. I did a search for Dracula just now and found three entries. You'll like the prices!

    http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qyear=1970&qyearhi=1980&qpub=pendulum+press&title=dracula

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  3. Thanks for posting this. Any idea who the cover artist was for the Dracula book? I also had it as a kid and loved it.

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  4. I remember getting this comic book along with a set of audio tapes. I found the book on amazon for $2 (used) great. But now I've been searching for the audio tapes or mp3 that go with the book. 5 months and nada. If anyone can point in the right direction Bram Stoker will bless your soul. XD

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