Four Color #1052 - Ben Hur
(November 1959)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell Movie Classic
Editing
?
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "Ben Hur, No. 1052." (No hyphen in indicia title.)
Code number is B.HUR O.S. #1052-5911.
Copyright 1959 by Loew's Incorporated. Adapted from the 1959 movie "Ben-Hur".
"Movie Classic" on cover.


MGM's Ben-Hur (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Sam Savitt (painting)
Inks
Sam Savitt (painting)
Colors
Sam Savitt (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
historical
Characters
Ben-Hur
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover art credit from "Sam Savitt Checklist" in Illustration Magazine Vol 1, #4 (August 2002).

Ben-Hur (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Russ Manning
Inks
Russ Manning
Letters
typeset

Genre
historical
Characters
Ben-Hur; Messala
Synopsis
Preview of the story.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black and white. Four illustrations with typeset text. Movie poster with partial cast and credits list is also printed.

Ben-Hur (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
Lew Wallace (original story); Eric Freiwald; Robert Schaefer (comic adaptation)
Pencils
Russ Manning
Inks
Russ Manning
Colors
?
Letters
Russ Manning

Genre
historical
Characters
Judah Ben-Hur; Messala; Quintus Arrius; Tiberius; Pontius Pilate (cameo); Joseph; Mary; Jesus Christ
Synopsis
Messala returns to Jerusalem to become commander of the Roman Legion there. He meets a childhood friend, Prince Judah Ben-Hur, who is the richest man in the city. Massala asks him to put down a possible rebellion by the Jews. Ben-Hur refuses and is sentenced to be a galley slave. After three years on the galleys, he saves the life of Commander Quintus Arrius during a sea battle and is given his freedom, though not allowed to return to Judea. He becomes an expert chariot racer and is rewarded by being named Arrius' heir. He is able to return to Judea, where he challenges Messala to a chariot race to the death. While all this is happening, the story of Jesus Christ is being told in the background.

Indexer Notes

Last panel is Dell's "A Pledge to Parents." Adapted from the 1959 movie "Ben-Hur," based on the Lew Wallace novel of the same name. Though the Christ story plays an important part in the plot, Jesus is never directly referred to by name and his face is never depicted. Letters credit for this sequence from Alberto Becattini (May 14, 2007)

Ben-Hur (Table of Contents: 3)

filler / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photos)
Inks
? (photos)
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Facts about the movie.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black and white. Three photos from the movie with typeset text.

Ben-Hur (Table of Contents: 4)

filler / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photos)
Inks
? (photos)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Facts about the movie and its production.

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Collage of blue-tinted photos from the movie surrounding typeset text.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. MGM's Ben-Hur
  2. 1. Ben-Hur
  3. 2. Ben-Hur
  4. 3. Ben-Hur
  5. 4. Ben-Hur
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