Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Reading Room PICTURE STORIES FROM THE BIBLE: NEW TESTAMENT "Story of Jesus: Part 1"

...today it's the granddaddy of Bible comics, DC Comics' Picture Stories from the Bible!
The story continues with a caption mentioning that Mary and Joseph escaped and then takes up with Jesus as a 'tween, so we're not running that part yet...

Originally published by All-American Comics under the DC Comics logo in 1942, later editions were done by EC Comics after publisher MC Gaines sold his rights to most of the All-American line to National Allied Publications who combined the two groups into National Periodical Publications.
(National Allied and All-American had been marketing and distributing their books together, usually using the DC Comics logo, which was the result of an earlier buyout of Detective Comics Inc by National!)
Retaining the rights to the Picture Stories series, Gaines used it as the cornerstone of his new EC Comics imprint.
Note: EC Comics, now famous (or infamous) for its horror/sci-fi titles and MAD was originally conceived as Educational Comics with lots of wholesome, young-kid oriented material like Tiny Tots Comics and Land of the Lost!
Don't remember them?
That's why "Educational" Comics became "Entertaining" Comics, though they continued reprinting Picture Stories (but without the EC logo on the front after the whole "Seduction of the Innocent" scare...)

Unlike Atlas' Bible Tales, which used a plethora of artists, the entire Picture Stories series was written by Montgomery Mulford & Edward Wertheim and illustrated by Don Cameron!

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