January 1, 1956

The drama in the King’s hunting camp continues.

It’s not exactly love at first sight, but whatever Sari is feeling, Kevin is completely oblivious.

Meanwhile, with Christmas over, the Tribune found room to resume running KEVIN THE BOLD half-page episodes. But in comparing its January 1 episode with that from the Times-Union, a discerning observer (shout out to my friend Dale!) would quickly notice the difference between the two.

I acquired the Times-Union version years before the one from the Tribune, and in my haste to get the new one scanned, I didn’t realize the two were different. The lack of a throwaway panel is one clue—but sometimes Tribune versions from this era eliminated the throwaway by extending an adjacent panel.

Here is an infographic showing how the Tribune’s January 1 episode was cobbled together from three different episodes…

…and in case it’s helpful, here are the three full-size originals.

It’s an interesting case of the story being edited and shortened, and it also leads me to believe that the folks at the NEA knew what the Tribune was going to be doing. The action left on the cutting room floor is all about what was happening in the King’s hunting camp, which was somewhat extraneous to the story’s plot.

Next week: the story arc’s final three episodes.

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