The story of "King Josiah" is followed by the most detailed retelling of the story of "Daniel" to date. This was the 4th time the material was covered in the BOYS' LIFE series, having been previously touched on in 1956, 1962-1963 and 1972.
After this, we have a new version of the story of "Jonah", again, by far the most detailed to date. This was the 3rd time the story had been covered, having been previously been done in Feb 1963 and Jan 1973. Note that in each case, it was covered in a single episode, while this time, the same events take up 3 whole installments, with a further 2 covering what happened after Jonah actually reached the city of Ninevah. One could say longtime BOYS' LIFE readers "only" had to wait 21 YEARS to read the outcome of this story!
Jonah strikes me as being a rather poor prophet. Not only does he try to shirk his duty, putting other people's lives in danger as a result, but after he actually succeeds in the mission he was called to do, he resents the outcome! (Nice guy.)
As twice before, the appearance of "Jonah" in the series signals that we're about to start over from the beginning-- AGAIN! (Those stories that take place after Jonah's time-- including The Maccabees-- and even the life of JESUS-- don't seem to be very popular with the BOYS' LIFE Bible Stories series.)
Incidentally, I don't know if anything was going on behind-the-scenes here, but I noticed something. Frank Bolle's signature appeared again-- on the August and November installments. I hadn't seen one since the December 1980 episode. I feel artists should ALWAYS be allowed to sign their work. A sensible editor should realize an artist's name can be an important "selling point" to any series!
Story by (??) / Art by FRANK BOLLE
BOYS' LIFE / January 1984
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See a collection of Frank Bolle's TIM HOLT covers at this very blog!