Classics Illustrated Junior, #548
. Famous Authors Ltd. . New York, N.Y.
PN6728.6.F3 C53 no... (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Charles Santino reported in Aesop's Fables #3 (1991) that he had heard from John Haufe that an Aesopic fable appeared as back-up story in about forty Classics Junior Illustrated issues between #509 and #572. I followed the tip when I came across a group of these comics in Venice, and it paid off! The Arab and His Camel takes up four pages (27-30) and is labelled Aesop's Fables. The only problem is that this story, The Camel's Nose, is not an Aesopic fable! (Two years and many fables later, I still have never otherwise seen this story as an Aesopic fable.) The closest Aesopic story I know is of a porcupine and a snake. The camel asks to put his head, then his neck, then his forepaws, and finally his whole self into the Arab's tent. Finally he suggests that the Arab leave. A greedy person is never satisfied. I hope this find is the first of many CIJ's! (The hope has been fulfilled!) The extra copy shows curious variations on the inside cover and the back cover. The former mentions no number, date, or editor. The latter lists CIJ numbers through 556, whereas the good copy went only through 545. Did the series go through a phase where they offered less editorial information than earlier and did not peg issues to months or seasons as they had done earlier? $.15.