Monday, April 8, 2013

Bible Stories, 1975

(Continued from 1974)

As has happened several times before, this latest incarnation of the BIBLE series featured new versions of the stories of "Noah's Ark", "The Tower Of Babel", "Abraham", "Sodom And Gomorrah", and, as a bonus, "Hanukkah".

Interestingly, the last chapter of the "Abraham" story focuses on events which had not been recounted in this series before, that of the search for a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac.  Apparently, Rebecca was already related before her marriage via Abraham's brother. That's keeping things "in the family", I suppose.

The art for the February through September installments border on "art nouveau", almost resembling stained-glass window art, a style that was apparently very popular in the mid-1970's.

1975 was also the first time in quite a few years that the feature reverted to full pages, if only for certain episodes (February-May, one of the two November episodes and the one for December).

Finally, the last episode of this year, December 1975, later became the 1st one where the text wound up being reused word-for-word.  It makes me speculate as to whether or not that might also be the point where Al Stenzel was replaced on the series.  A later writer might have felt more comfortable re-using his own text.

Story by Al Stenzel  /  Art by  (??)
BOYS' LIFE  /  January 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  February 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  March 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  April 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  May 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  June 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  July 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  August 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  September 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  October 1975
BOYS' LIFE  /  November 1975
Story by (??)  /  Art by (??)
BOYS' LIFE  /  December 1975
(Continued in 1976)

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