Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bible Stories, 1989

(Continued from 1988)

The latest version of the story of "Moses" continues.  This marked the 7th time the BOYS' LIFE series would cover this material.

Frank Bolle appears to be playing a bit with the visual format of the strip.  For the first time in ages, the narrative text began appearing INSIDE the frames, rather than entirely floating outside them.  Also, I wonder if they changed editors here, as several of these installments have titles that are not only shorter than usual, but slightly awkward in phrasing.  "Moses Shatters Tablets"-- not "Moses Shatters The Tablets" ??  Odd, to say the least.

With the July 1989 installment, Frank Bolle had come full-circle to the first episode he did back in April 1979.  I wonder how many artists on this series this happened with?  (If credits were more prevalent, this would be a lot easier to answer.  Once again, NO signatures for this entire year's worth of episodes.)  Note that while the art is new, the text is IDENTICAL to the previous version!

The same is true for the March 1979 and June 1989 episodes (although the format is slightly different, and studying the art, I don't believe the earlier one in this case is the same artist).  As far as I've noticed, this was the FIRST time in the entire series this kind of thing had happened.  (Once before, when "starting over", a version of "The Creation" had reprinted the artwork from an earlier version-- but the text had been re-written.)

Story by (??)  /  Art by FRANK BOLLE
BOYS' LIFE  /  January 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  February 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  March 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  April 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  May 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  June 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  July 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  August 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  September 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  October 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  November 1989
BOYS' LIFE  /  December 1989
(Continued in 1990)

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