A recent collaboration between two unexpected parties may just prove that comics may deserve elite recognition alongside of classic novels and the like. Penguin Classics, according to their website, is the “leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.” The company prints classic literature from the likes of John Steinbeck, Shirley Jackson, William Golding, Ken Kesey, and more.

Recently, Penguin classics partnered with Marvel Comics to start printing – of all things – comic books. Dubbed the “Penguin Classics Marvel Collection,” this series will feature stories from the early life of three classic superheroes: Spider-Man, Captain America, and Black Panther. These are being presented as colorful paperbacks and beautifully bound hardcover books with gilded pages.

What do you think? Do comics deserve their place in the world of classic literature?


Have Comic Books Officially Entered the Canon? – The Atlantic

Penguin Classics – Penguin Books

Penguin Classics Marvel Collection (prh.com)

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