Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bible Stories, 1991

(Continued from 1990)

The latest retelling of the story of "Samuel" continues once more, including the story of when The Philistines stole "The Ark of God".  This marked the 7th time the BOYS' LIFE series would cover this material.  As before, the stories of "Saul" and "David" follow.

The trend begun 5 years earlier continues, of reusing IDENTICAL text from earlier installments, with new art.  To see what I mean, compare...

January 1991 with October 1980 

However, beginning with the February 1991 episode, the art appears to have either been REUSED as well, with some changes, or REDRAWN to look like the previous versions.

February 1991 with November 1980,
March 1991 with December 1980
April 1991 with January 1981

Here, they skipped a month-- "The Lord Rejects Saul As King".  Considering what follows, you'd that that was a crucial part of the story!
May 1991 with March 1981
June 1991 with April 1981
July 1991 with May 1981 

With August 1991, they started to have NEW art again...

August 1991 with June 1981,
September 1991 with July 1981,

Then it was back to REDRAWN art...

October 1991 with August 1981,
November 1991 with September 1981,

...and then NEW art again...   (What was going on here, anyway?)

December 1991 with October 1981.

If you click "Open Link In New Window" for each pair, you can flip between them and compare.

Personally, looking back, I think the story of Saul's "problem" with David was better told in the October 1970 and November 1970 installments.  The 1981 and 1991 versions make it seem like Saul tried to kill David right after David killed Goliath, rather than the resentment / paranoia building up over time.
And, there's no mention in the newer ones of David having MARRIED  
Saul's daughter, Michal.

Further, the later versions inexplicably have David stealing Saul's cloak, AND stealing Saul's spear, indicating he had to "prove" himself to Saul not once,
but TWICE.

Story by (??)  /  Art by FRANK BOLLE
BOYS' LIFE  /  January 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  February 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  March 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  April 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  May 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  June 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  July 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  August 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  September 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  October 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  November 1991
BOYS' LIFE  /  December 1991
(Continued in 1992)

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