"Classics Illustrated" Time
Machine Comic #133 (art by Cameron) was originally issued in July
of 1956. There were nine re-printings of the comic; a 'first edition'
can be distinguished by the fact that the highest number on the
re-order list is # 132... and there's an ad for the next Classics
Illustrated Comic to be released - #134, Romeo and Juliet.
Read the "Classics Illustrated"
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link by Sandra Petojevic, Master of Arts, October 29, 2006
One Time Machine scholar suggests
that George Pal's movie draws on the Classics Illustrated visualization.
Your initial reaction may be "no way!" But consider his
a good look at the portrayal of Weena in the Classics Illustrated
adaptation of 1956 and try to ignore that Yvette Mimieux was chosen
[in 1959] for her likeness to the Weena in that comic book! Even
the hair style is similar
note the similarity of some details in the Classics Illustrated
to David Duncan's screenplay. For example, in the comic book, like
in the movie, Weena does not die. Also, the comic book shows future
times before the Traveler reaches 802,701 (most notable are the
tethered dirigibles at the top of page 5, which [also] show up in
the movie) and, in both cases, the end of the world is ignored.
All these and other characteristics from the comic book show up
in the movie."
are other design similarities which Pal appears to have borrowed
from the Classics Illustrated adaptation. Among them are the color
of the Morlocks - bluish, not beige-white like Wells describes them.
take a look at the Palace of Green Porcelain (top of page 28). It's
hard to ignore the uncanny design similarity with the dome building
of the Eloi in the Pal film. Even the tower, which in the comic
book is at the front, appears in the movie at the side of the building."