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Classic Bible Stories : Jesus The Road of Courage / Mark, the Youngest Disciple [Hardcover]

Frank Hampson
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26 Mar 2010 Classic Bible Stories
Some of Britain s finest English comics artists of all time, including Frank Hampson (creator of Dan Dare) and Frank Bellamy (creator of Heros the Spartan) also produced strips for the classic British comic Eagle based on stories from the Bible. Now, for the first time ever, all these Bible Stories are being collected, beginning with Frank Hampson s Road of Courage, the life story of Jesus, and Mark: The Youngest Disciple, the story of the man who wrote the first New Testament gospel to be circulated. Lavishly reproduced, presented in a high-quality hardback library format, the book also includes supporting material on the background to the bible stories featured in the strips and background on the development of the early Christian church, plus features on the how the strips themselves were created. Road to Courage is a vibrant testament to the dedication, power, and sheer artistry of Frank Hampson. - Win Wiacek


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; Reprint edition (26 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848565259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848565258
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 22.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Hampson was perhaps best known as the creator and original artist for Dan Dare, but he also illustrated a number of children's books for Ladybird. Dan Dare was first published in the British comic The Eagle in April 1950, and was last published as an ongoing series in 1996 - although Dan had undergone more than a few changes by then.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated graphic biographies 15 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
Eagle comic was started by the Rev Marcus Morris and the first issue was in April 1950. Its heyday was from 1950 to the early 60s. Contributors included Chad Varah who was also ordained and went on to found The Samaritans.

The Christian influence on the comic was reflected in its content aiming to be educational and inspiring as well as full of adventure. Its most famous character was Dan Dare a space adventurer of impeccable ethical character. Also the comic included serialised biographies of famous characters including Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, King David (David: The Shepherd King) and the two included in this volume Jesus Christ (entitled Jesus: The Road of Courage) and Mark (of Mark's gospel) entitled Mark: The Youngest Disciple. The Road of Courage was written by Marcus Morris and Mark was written by Chad Varah.

However, one of the highest points of Eagle was the quality of the artwork in particular that of Frank Hampson who wrote and illustrated many of the Dan Dare stories. Arguably the pinnacle of Hampson's work was the Dan Dare trilogy The Man from Nowhere, Rogue Planet and The Reign of the Robots all of which have been issued by Titan Books and previously by Hawk Books and Dragon's Dream.

However Jesus: The Road of Courage must rank pretty close to those. The quality of the artwork is outstanding. Almost every frame is a mini masterpiece of colour and detail. It is the quality of this artwork that makes this book what it is and the reproduction is excellent considering it has been reproduced from old copies of the comic (from 1960 I believe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus, the road of courage 10 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The work of Frank Hampson is peerless , but I did not realise that "Mark, the youngest disciple" wasn't drawn by him also.
But an excellent publication.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bible Stories 13 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
Not great print quality when compared to earlier reprints. Also 'Mark, the Youngest Disciple' is not illustrated by Frank Hampson as the cover implies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous! 14 May 2010
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Illustrated Bible stories are becoming more common. A quick search will reveal dozens of illustrated bibles and/or books of the Bible. This Titan book, "Classic Bible Stories", is somewhat of an oddity in that it is not a new edition, but rather a reprint of two separate tales by Frank Hampton, Marcus Morris, Chad Varah and Giorgio Bellavitas.

"The Road of Courage" and "the Youngest Disciple" are reprinted, yet originally appeared in Eagle in 1960 and 1958 respectively. The strips are breath-takingingly beautiful and accurate to the King James translations. Story telling liberties have been taken only to turn the story of Yeshua, and Johanan Marcus into a more compelling (if it needed that), easy to follow narrative. Morris and Varah succeeded. Hampton and Bellavitas illustrate the strips with passion and a technical skill that few artists have possessed. I particularly enjoy the architectural backgrounds that Bellavitas provides and the classy human figures of Hampton. Mr Hampton even took a trip to the Holy Land to provide historical accuracy for his settings!

Presumably, this is the first book in a new series. That is great news as I enjoyed the book immensely. This is my first exposure to this great literature (in this version), and I was blessed.

Thank you Titan (and Eagle).
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