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Beach Blanket Northanger Abbey

We loved the cover of Marvel Comics Northanger Abbey #1. Catherine Morland looks intense and Gothic.

Northanger Abbey #1 Marvel Comics

Northanger Abbey #2 was just released on December 14th, 2011. We are a bit puzzled by the artists new direction.

Our first impression was that Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland had morphed into Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello from the Beach Blanket movies! I have seen Austen’s characters dressed in unusual and non-period attire before, but never with a bouffant 1960’s hairdo. Even the Sense and Sensibility from 1971 does not rival this audacity.

Beach Blanket Northanger Abbey

This new comic book series is brought to you by Adapter: Nancy Butler, Penciller: Janet Lee, Penciller (cover): Julian Totino  Tedesco, Colorist: Nick Filardi, Letterer: Jeff Eckleberry, Editor: Sana Amanat.

One wonders out loud, if this is a wild fluke or intentional???


Laurel Ann

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© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

6 thoughts on “Beach Blanket Northanger Abbey”

  1. I’m still just adjusting to the fact that Jane Austen is in comic book format. I can see the comparison- loved Annette btw.

    Thanks for the post!


  2. When I envision Catherine Morland I see Actress Felicity Jones (NA2) in my mind. In a circular way I see some of her and her hair styles from that film version in these cartoons. Do you suppose the inspiration came from that movie? Looks plausible to me.

    On a side-note, has anyone seen the amazing cartoons by Sonny Liew in Marvel Comic’s Sense and Sensibility? Talk about some talent!


  3. K in all seriousness I saw the first pic and I was like….humm ok this isn’t too bad but I knew there was something just not right about the pic but yet couldn’t put my finger on exactly WHAT was bothering me and keeping me from LOVING it…. you nailed it…..the beehive hairdo is bugging me!!! BAD!!


  4. Hahahaha, that is a pretty remarkable resemblance! I wonder what the illustrator had in mind at the time. I do have to say that I enjoy the graphic novel/comic versions of Jane Austen’s novels so far. They really bring a fresh new approach to Austen. They may not be to everyone’s taste though.


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