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Stories by Famous Authors Series

Below you will find copies of the vintage Stories by Famous Authors/Fast Fiction series for sale. This series was first produced by Seaboard Publishing as Fast Fiction and provided competition for the more well known series, Classics Illustrated (see www.classicsillustrated.co.uk ) The series used some of the same artists as that series, including the well known and very well regarded Henry Carl Keifer. Clearly Albert Kanter, the Father of the Classics Illustrated series wasn’t impressed to have another publisher muscling in on his idea and was also angered that Keifer was also churning out some of the Seaboard stories - Hamlet and She refer - and so Kanter bought the upstart in 1951. Within the thirteen produced there are several titles that were never produced in the Classics Illustrated run - She, Beau Geste, Captain Blood, Scaramouche, The 39 Steps, The Window, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Nicholas Nickleby and Svengali. In fact, if you own The Red Badge of Courage, number 98 in the Classics Illustrated series, then you have what was planned to be number 14 in the series from Stories by Famous Authors and was purchased by Gilberton at the same time as the purchase of the publishing rights for the 13 issued. That is why The Red Badge of Courage is only 32 pages long (as were all the Seaboard series) and the issue was padded with a fifteen page short history of the American Civil War - fascinating stuff - at least to the ardent collector! A picture displayed to the left of the stock item is a picture of the actual one for sale (click on it for a larger image). You can also search via the search box above (e.g. for a particular title).
* Prices indicated in US Dollars are estimates only - the actual charge will be confirmed at check out.

Ben-Hur (SBF16434)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 11
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: VG
   

 
Price: £30.00
($37.50) *

 
Ben-Hur (SBF10171)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 11
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: VG
   

 
Price: £35.00
($43.75) *

 
Ben-Hur (SBF11371)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 11
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: VG
   

 
Price: £36.00
($45.00) *

 
Ben-Hur (SBF00161)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 11
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: VG
   

 
Price: £45.00
($56.25) *

 
Captain Blood (SBF02407)

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Edition: 1
Issue: 2
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Good
   

General comments on this item: Fast Fiction
 
Price: £45.00
($56.25) *

 
Macbeth (SBF10168)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 6
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Good
   

 
Price: £30.00
($37.50) *

 
The Window (SBF11890)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 7
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Good -
   

 
Price: £13.00
($16.25) *

 
The Window (SBF04914)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 7
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Good
   

 
Price: £14.00
($17.50) *

 
The Window (SBF04915)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 7
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Good
   

 
Price: £14.00
($17.50) *

 
The Window (SBF14272)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 7
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: VG
   

 
Price: £28.00
($35.00) *

 
The Window (SBF10169)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 7
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: VG
   

 
Price: £40.00
($50.00) *

 
Hamlet (SBF11812)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 8
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Fair
   

 
Price: £7.00
($8.75) *

 
Hamlet (SBF00141)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 8
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Good
   

 
Price: £12.00
($15.00) *

 
Hamlet (SBF16432)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 8
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: Good -
   

 
Price: £15.00
($18.75) *

 
Hamlet (SBF11370)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 8
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: VG
   

 
Price: £36.00
($45.00) *

 
Nicholas Nickleby (SBF04939)

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Edition: n/a
Issue: 9
Country: USA
Cover: PCV
HRN: n/a
Condition: F2G
   

 
Price: £7.00
($8.75) *

 

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