Friday, March 1, 2013

Stories from the Bible, 1954

(Continued from 1953)

As should be obvious to even the most casual reader, the STORIES FROM THE BIBLE strip in BOYS' LIFE does not go in any kind of chronological sequence.  The episodes in 1953 focus on several "popular" or well-known stories, and only follow in the loosest-possible chronological order.  Then, after having started the series with the briefest overview of "The Creation" and "The Garden of Eden", that story is returned to at the start of 1954, and fleshed out somewhat.

I'm really wondering  if Creig Flessel did all of these, or just the ones with his name on them. It seems odd that so far, "The Creation", "Noah" and "Joseph" have all been done twice, and in each case, the first time with no artist listed. Although, by the end of 1954, we have "Moses" again as well, in in that case, both this and the earlier episode had Flessel's name on them.

Incidentally, as I was putting this page together,  by dumb luck I happened to run across the Wikipedia page for Bob LeRose-- who, apparently, was the COLORIST for probably EVERY color comic that appeared in BOYS' LIFE from either Johnstone & Cushing, or later, Al Stenzel Productions!

Story by Al Stenzel  /  Art by CREIG FLESSEL
BOYS' LIFE  /  January 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  February 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  March 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  April 1954

BOYS' LIFE  /  May 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  June 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  July 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  August 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  September 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  October 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  November 1954
BOYS' LIFE  /  December 1954
(Continued in 1955)

Copyright (C) BOY'S LIFE Magazine
Restorations by Henry Kujawa

Read the Creig Flessel page at Wikipedia
Read the Bob LeRose page at Wikipedia 
Read about the history of Johnstone & Cushing at the Hogan's Alley site 

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