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Bible Tales for Young Folk #1-5 (Aug. 1953 - March 1954).

Bible Tales 1Of all the short-run titles that Timely/Atlas tried out in the 1950's, one of the most unique was in the tiny genre of "religious comics". In 1953, editor-in-chief Stan Lee threw yet another series onto the stands, increasing Timely's ever-burgeoning line-up (the industry leader by sheer volume) yet again. Issue #1 of a new title called Bible Tales for Young Folk debuted with an Aug/53 cover date, squeezed onto the racks between the July debuts of Lorna the Jungle Queen, Homer Hooper, Wendy Parker and the Sept/53 debuts of Speed Carter Spaceman and The Monkey and the Bear. The series lasted only 5 issues and the title changed to Bible Tales for Young People for the last 2 issues. As for the content, during this 5 issue excursion into biblical history we find one of the most "artist dense" religious runs in comic book history. It seems that 2 names had a large part in putting this series together, at least to launch it. Jerry Robinson was the main cover artist, drawing at least 4 of the 5 covers as well as 1- page features on the inside front/back covers. He also got the series off to it's start by a 5-page intro illustrating "In The beginning..." [Genesis 1,2,3].

Don Rico, a writer/artist who had worked at Timely from as far back as 1943 (on Captain America, Human Torch, Blonde Phantom, The Destroyer, among others), was by the 1950's abandoning the drawing board to concentrate solely on writing. Rico was one of 5 "main" scripters for what we now call the Atlas line, the others being Hank Chapman, Carl Wessler, Paul S. Newman and Stan Lee himself. Rico more likely than not also had editorial control over the books he was writing as there was no way Stan Lee could edit the entire line. Al Jaffee had similar control over his "Patsy Walker" group of teen books. Rico may or may not have scripted these bible stories (there are no scripting credits) but I'd guess he did. He also picked up the pencil again and contributed illustrations to the inside back cover and back cover of the first issue. So what were the contents? The stories ran the gamut of tales and parables found in both the new and old testaments and the artistic line-up was simply incredible. Bible Tales 3

Robinson's artwork is gorgeous on not only covers to issues #2,3,4 and 5, but also on his take on Genesis 1,2,3. He had a much larger career with Stan Lee than most people actually realize, drawing some of the lines grittiest crime and war stories in 1951-52 and some of their best romance tales as late as 1956.

The other artists in the series were: Syd Shores, Sam Kweskin, Joe Sinnott, Fred Kida, Bernie Krigstein, Bill Everett, Joe Maneely, Sid Greene, Paul Reinman, Chuck Winter, Gene Colan, Pete Tumlinson, Mort Lawrence and Louis Ravielli.

A magnificent collection of comic book artists populated this title for its short 5 issue run. As usual, the axe fell and Stan continued to throw titles out onto the stands throughout the 1950's hoping something would stick. Some did, some didn't but the point would become moot as 1957 approached. Martin Goodman changed his distribution company to ANC in 1956 and when ANC went under in spring of 1957, it took down the industry leader in quantity of titles and employment for freelancers. ANC's collapse pushed most of the freelancers out of the comic book business forever and closed the book on a phenomenal decade of comic book diversity.

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Jerry Robinson (born January 1, 1922 in Trenton, New Jersey - New York, December 7, 2011) is an American comic book artist best known for his work on DC Comics' Batman line of comics during the 1940s.

Jerry RobinsonJerry Robinson was a journalism student at Columbia University in Manhattan when he began working for writer-artist Bob Kane in 1939. Kane, with writer Bill Finger, had shortly before created the character Batman for National Comics, the future DC Comics. He started as a letterer and a background inker, shortly graduating to inking secondary figures. Within a year, he became Batman's primary inker, with George Roussos inking backgrounds. Batman's archnemesis the Joker was introduced in Batman #1 (Spring 1940). Credit for that character's creation is disputed. Robinson has said he created the character. In 1943, when Kane left the Batman comic books to focus on penciling the daily Batman newspaper comic strip, Robinson took over the full penciling, along with others such as Dick Sprang. As was customary of the time, only Kane's name appeared on the strip.

Robinson went on to work on numerous other characters and for several publishers, at one point even doing free-lance illustrations for at least one textbook publisher. For Lev Gleason, he did the 'London' feature for Daredevil Comics. He worked on 'Green Hornet' for Harvey from 1942 to 1943, 'Atoman' for Spark in 1944, 'Fighting Yank' and 'Black Terror' (together with Mort Meskin) for Nedor from 1946 to 1949. Robinson also worked with Meskin for National/DC, drawing 'The Vigilante' and 'Johnny Quick' from 1946 to 1949.

In the 1950s, Robinson was a teacher at the School of Visual Arts. He worked for Stan Lee at Timely during this period, where he illustrated stories for many crime, romance, war and western titles. He also made cover illustrations for the 'Bible Tales For Young Folk'.

In a long, successful interlude outside of comic books, as a newspaper cartoonist, Robinson created True Classroom Flubs and Fluffs, which for most of the 1960s ran in the New York Sunday News (later incorporated into the Daily News). He was president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1967 to 1969 and served a two year term as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists starting in 1973.

During the mid-1970s, Robinson was a crucial supporter of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in their long struggle with DC Comics to win full recognition and compensation as the creators of Superman. With comics artist and rights advocate Neal Adams, Robinson organized key support around Siegel and Shuster, to whom DC, in December 1975, granted lifetime stipends and a credit in all broadcast and published Superman works.

In 1978, he founded Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate/CartoonArts International which as of 2010 has more than 550 artists from over 75 countries. During 1999, Robinson created an original manga series, Astra with the help of mangaka Shojin Tanaka and Ken-ichi Oishi. On May 26, 2007, DC Comics announced that Robinson had been hired by the company as a "creative consultant".

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