Tales from the Great Book

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Tales from the Great Book by John Lehti (1390-) 1st Appearance March 21, 1954 - Bible Story adaptations had appeared in the newspapers as early as the 1920's, but they did not hit the sunday color section until John Lehti's Tales from the great book debutted in 1954.   Lehti did a fine job presenting the Bible while instilling the best features of the comics.    Each week's offering came with action, clean art, and occasionally a cliffhanger ending.  Storylines were multiweek with prominent titles.   The result a fine comic that is enjoyable to read and collect.   The market for 'Tales of the Great Book' is quite good.   Collectors tend to look for their favorites based on the storylines.   

Sunday Comics

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
S1390-0001 1954/03/21 - H VG/G/EX $10.00 #1, 'The Saga of Samson', On reverse Chuckles ad
S1390-0002 1954 - 1H VG/VG/EX $3.00 1st Story,'The Saga of Samson', No reverse (4/11)
S1390-0003 1954 - 2H VG/VG/EX $4.00 1st Year, 'Joshua Marches on Jericho', No reverse (5/9, 5/23)
S1390-0004 1954 - 2H G/G/G-EX $3.00 1st Year, 'Young Daniel's Faith', On reverse Right around Home(TH) (6/13, 8/15)
S1390-0005 1954 - 1H G-VG/G/VG $1.00 1st Year, 'King Saul & the Witch of Endor', On reverse Gasoline Alley(1TH) (9/26)
S1390-0006 1954 - 1H VG/VG/VG $2.00 1st Year, 'Joash, The Boy King', No reverse (11/7)
S1390-0007 1955 - 1H G/G/G $1.50 'The Tower of Babel', No reverse (1/2)
S1390-0008 1955 - 4H G-VG/G-VG/VG $4.00 'The unselfish love of Ruth', On reverse Judge Parker(1TH) (1/23, 2/13, 2/27, 3/20)
S1390-0009 1955 - 3H VG/VG/EX $4.50 'Moses and Miriam', On reverse Rex Morgan(1TH), Brenda Starr(1TH), Steve Canyon(1TH) (5/1, 5/8, 6/5)
S1390-0010 1955 - 1H G/G/G $1.00 'Young David', No reverse (7/3)
S1390-0011 1955 - 3H VG/VG/VG $3.00 'Jonah and the Whale', On reverse Barney Google(3TH) (9/4, 9/18, 9/25)
S1390-0012 1955 - 5H, 1TH VG/VG/VG $6.00 'Deborah's Triumph', On reverse Grin an Bear It(1TH), Mary Worth(1H), Gasoline Alley(1TH) (10/2, 10/23-11/20)
S1390-0013 1956 - 3H VG/VG/VG $3.00 'Jesus' Temptation in the Wilderness', On reverse Uncle Remus(1TH) (3/4, 3/18, 3/25)
S1390-0014 1956 - 11H VG/FR-VG/VG $10.00 'Joseph's Loyalty', On reverse Barney Google(3TH), They'll do it ev'ry time(1H), Smokey Stover(1TH) (4/8, 4/22-5/20, 6/3-7/1)
S1390-0015 1956 - 7H G-VG/G-VG/VG $7.00 'Joshua's Double Battle', On reverse Barney Google(2TH) (7/22-9/2)
S1390-0016 1956 - 2H G-VG/G-VG/VG $2.00 'Solomon & the Queen of Sheba', On reverse Our Bill(1TH) (9/9, 9/30)
S1390-0017 1957 - 1H FR-G/FR-G/G $1.00 'David and Goliath', No reverse (2/10)
S1390-0018 1957 - 5H G-VG/G-VG/GVG $5.00 'Rahab', No reverse (3/17, 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, 5/12)
S1390-0019 1957 - 6H G-VG/G-VG/GVG $6.00 'Noah's Ark', No reverse (5/19-6/9, 6/23, 6/30)
S1390-0020 1957 - 8H VG/VG/VG $8.00 'Samson & the Gates of Gaza', On reverse Juliet Jones(1TH) (7/7-8/4, 8/18-9/1)
S1390-0021 1957 - 5H G-VG/G-VG/GVG $5.00 'Ruth and Boaz', Freddy(1TH), Heart of Juliet Jones(1TH) (9/8-9/29, 10/27)
S1390-0022 1957 - 4H VG/VG/VG $4.00 'Solomon asks for Wisdom', Toodles(1H), Uncle Remus(3TH) (11/3-11/24)
S1390-0023 1957-58 - 6H G-VG/G-VG/GVG $6.00 'Moses the Egyptian Prince', Uncle Remus(2TH) (12/1, 12/8, 12/29, 1/12-1/26)
S1390-0024 1958 - 4H VG/VG/VG $4.00 'Elisha Saves Two Boys from Slavery', On reverse Uncle Remus(2TH), Juliet Jones(1TH), Smokey Stover(1TH) (2/16-3/9)
S1390-0025 1958 - 8H G-VG/G-VG/GVG $8.00 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego', No reverse (3/30, 4/6, 4/20-5/25)
S1390-0026 1958 - 1H G/G/G $1.00 'Jacob wrestles with an Angel', No reverse (6/15)
S1390-0027 1958 - 5H G/G/G $5.00 'Joshua Battles the Five Kings', No reverse (7/6, 7/20, 8/17, 8/24, 9/7)
S1390-0028 1958 - 5H G/FR-G/G $5.00 'Esther, How she became a Queen', No reverse (10/12, 11/2-11/23)
S1390-0029 1959 - 7H G/G/G $7.00 'Samson and Delilah', No reverse (1/18, 1/25, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22-4/5)
S1390-0030 1959 - 3H G/G/G $3.00 'Joseph's Brotherly Love', No reverse (4/12, 4/19, 6/21)
S1390-0031 1959 - 1H, 1TH VG/VG/VG $2.00 'Moses the Egyptian Prince', On reverse Rivets(Q), Mark Trail(Q) (11/15, 12/6)
S1390-0032 1959/08/28 - H VG/VG/VG $1.00 'Moses Flight from Egypt', On reverse Grandma(1TH)
S1390-0033 1959-60 - 3H VG/G/VG-EX $3.00 'David and Saul', On reverse Moon Mullins(1TH) (1959:12/27 1960:1/17, 2/7)
S1390-0034 1964 - 2H VG/VG/EX $2.00 'David an Outlaw', On reverse Right around Home(2TH) (2/9, 2/16)
S1390-0035 1965 - 1TH VG/VG/VG $1.00 'David and his Army of  Outlaws', On reverse Moon Mullins(1TH) (1/10)
S1390-0036 1965 - 2H VG/VG/VG $2.00 'Othniel's Triumph' On reverse Nancy(1TH), Jackson Twins(1TH) (6/13, 6/27)
S1390-0037 1965/11 - 4H VG/VG/VG $4.00 'Moses and Plagues of Egypt' On reverse Little Iodine(4TH) (6/13, 6/27)
S1390-0038 1966/04 - 2H VG/VG/VG $2.00 'The Evil King' On reverse Brenda Starr(1TH), Mary Worth(1TH) (4/17, 4/24)
S1390-0039 1966/11 - 3TH VG/VG/VG $3.00 'Moses and the Red Sea', No reverse (11/13-11/27)
S1390-0040 1967 - 2H, 3TH VG/VG/VG $5.00 'David and Saul', On reverse Family Circus(1TH) (11/26-12/10, 12/24, 12/31)
S1390-0041 1968/06 - 4TH VG/VG/VG $4.00 'Nehemiah and the Wall', On reverse Family Circus(3TH) (6/2, 6/16-6/30)
S1390-0042 1970/12/13 - H G/G/G $1.00 'Signs of a Prophet', On reverse Apt. 3G(TH)

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