*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Atlas, and its predecessor Timely, was well known for having an eye on popular trends, and being the first not only to bandwagon-jump but also unafraid to try every off-beat genre they could think of. This week, we pay tribute to that diligence with a quartet of miscellaneous – some of them very miscellaneous – oddball titles, three of whom began as Timely rather than Atlas series. 1953’s Bible Tales For Young Folk was an attempt at a ‘worthy’ comic to counter prevailing criticism of the medium, retelling Christian myths – sorry, fables – with often quite beautiful illustrations. During the 5-issue run, Jerry Robinson, Joe Maneely, Fred Kida, Syd Shores, Sid Greene and Bill Everett were all contributors to this advertisement-free anomaly. Girl Comics was a counterpart to Man Comics, tales of true-to-life adventure and daring with female central characters. It began in 1948 as a straight romance series, but from #5 to #12 tried to tap into the ‘Nancy Drew’ demographic, before falling back into the safe love route with #13 and a title change to Girl Confessions. 1949’s Little Lenny was one of a multitude of ‘mischievous kid’ strips, and… no, that’s all I got. Moving on, our final entry here is the 1949-launched Sport Stars, which changed its title to Sports Action from #2, originally real-life biographies of contemporary (then) and historical sporting figures and their achievements, which later branched out into sport-themed thriller fiction. Illustrated are Bible Tales for Young Folk #2 VG £27, and Sports Action #14 FN £49.