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Children's Digest vol. 24, no. 235 (February 1974)

Otaku-sempai
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May 2 2013, 12:02am

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Children's Digest vol. 24, no. 235 (February 1974) Can't Post

This issue of Children's Digest has the first part of Lester Abrams' comic-strip adaptation of "Riddles in the Dark" from The Hobbit. I have located and purchased the following issue (March 1974) with the second half of the adaptation. As far as I know, this is as much of the book as was adapted for the magazine.

If anyone knows where I can acquire a copy of this back issue for a reasonable price, please, tet me know. I found the March issue for under $5 (US).

Abrams went on to become a character designer for Rankin/Bass and was a character designer for the animated versions of The Hobbit, Return of the King, and The Last Unicorn.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Otaku-sempai
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May 8 2013, 6:13am

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The March '74 issue arrived in the mail the other day. [In reply to] Can't Post

Apparently, my memory isn't quite as good as I thought. The story isn't in comics form as I believed. Instead, it is a somewhat condensed version of "Riddles in the Dark" (no mention of Bilbo's brass buttons flying off of his waistcoat, for instance) with a number of monochrome illustrations by Lester Abrams (eight of them in this issue).

There is a great resemblance to the character designs used in the Rankin/Bass animated film, but there are significant differences as well. Gollum looks much the same, rather froggish, but his feet are much more paddle-like (almost like fins) than in the animated version. Now I am wondering if the comic-strip panels that I can still remember were something that appeared a few years later in an issue of TV Guide, when the animated special was being promoted. They would still have had nothing to do with the Eclipse collected graphic novel that was published many years later.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring

 
 

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