Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda. I have heard of the book but I am embarrassed to say that I have never read it.

I like listening to recordings of the old time radio shows. I agree with Orson Welles when he said that the old time radio shows were the theater of the mind. I decided to listen to a radio adaptation of The Prisoner of Zenda.

As the radio dramatization of the show progressed I became completely lost as to the story line sequence. I really didn't know what was going on so I started to listen to it from the beginning once again. I was still lost. What was I to do? Just give up entirely? I needed something to set the plot and characters in my mind so that I could enjoy the story. Then I thought of it. The Classics Illustrated comic books.

I checked to see if I had a copy of The Prisoner of Zenda in the Classics Illustrated comic books and I did. And what’s more there is a list of the characters on the very first page.

I started reading the comic book version of The Prisoner of Zenda, and what a blessing it was. Everything in the story is falling into place quite nicely. When I finish the comic I will go back and listen to the radio dramatization once again. The Classics Illustrated comics were of a great help when I was in high school and now they are coming to my rescue once again. Have a great day and read a comic of whatever kind you want. Of Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge was my favorite. And the superheroes? Plastic Man was my favorite superhero. Comic books were a great part of my life. I enjoyed them as a child. Don’t forget your childhood and the fun times that you had. Take care. Lew

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