You may be wondering "Where's Parts 1 & 2?"...
|Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus Christ|
...and the answer is; we haven't run them yet!
Since it's Good Friday, we're presenting the Dell Comics adaptation of the final part of the 1961 movie, covering the period from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection.
We'll run the first part around Christmas, and the second shortly after that.
While the writer for this movie adaptation from Dell's Four Color Comics #1236 (1961) is unknown, the artist is Gerald McCann, a pulp artist who moved to comics in the early 1950s and did numerous Classics Illustrated covers and stories including "Abraham Lincoln" and "Ben-Hur".
Some cool "six degrees of separation" trivia:
- John Huston, who later did a prequel movie, The Bible: In the Beginning, directed Moby Dick, using a screenplay adapted by Ray Bradbury from the Herman Melville novel.
- Ray Bradbury wrote the voiceovers in King of Kings spoken by Orson Welles.
- Welles' The Shadow and Mercury Theatre co-star Agnes Moorehead served as dialogue coach to Jeffrey Hunter (Jesus Christ).
- Jeffrey Hunter later played Christopher Pike, the first captain of the Starship Enterprise in the pilot episode of Star Trek, "The Cage".
- Star Trek did an episode, "Bread and Circuses", about a planet where parallel evolution produced a society that resembled a 20th Century version of the Roman Empire, complete with it's own Christians and Jesus Christ (who doesn't appear on-camera, but is mentioned in dialogue)!
Who says comics ain't educational?
BTW, you can see the movie on Turner Classic Movies this Sunday morning at 11:30 am (Eastern)