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b. 1922, b. again 1948, still with us
I am always delighted to receive one of these little tracts. As Chick himself so correctly states: "Nobody, young or old, can resist cartoons." This is what Chick calls "The Devil's Medium: comics." In the tract "Who, Me?", Chinese spies observed American children enjoying comic books, noted how irresistable they were and promptly printed their own Maoist propaganda-and won the war. So, Chick thought, if the devil can win a war with cartoons, so could he save souls.
That's exactly what Chick is doing: he's saving us.
From the site FAQ:
It's not just that they want to be kind, it's because if they don't try, your blood (or sin?) will be on their hands. Does this mean the christian will go to hell, even though they accepted "God's free gift?"
They seem content to say it would be tragic, and that God tells us to, but I have yet to find the answer here.
Chick knows what Hell is-he's seen it. As Daniel Raeburn says, in The Imp, "We know from his letters that Chick was one of the relatively few soldiers to survive the fanatical, hellish slaughter at Okinawa in World War II."
"Okinawa was indeed a grisley operation, but out of over 300K American troups, only 4 % died and 10% were wounded. Compare this to the fate of the 120 K fanatical Japanese troops: over 93% of them died, many by suicide."
It seems that even if Chick's survival wasn't so unlikely, there's a good chance he saw an awful lot of death.
Chick sees so many of "the lost" headed straight to Hell, and, by gum, it's only right that he should want to save us! After all, hell ain't no party!
The more obvious roads to hell are descibed in tracts aimed at young people: homosexuality, the Occult, RPG's, Harry Potter, believing in evolution, etc.
Just who is Jack T Chick?
Jack was always interested in drawing. He claims he had to repeat the first grade because he always drew "airplanes in battle." (World War I, or the Spanish-American War?) Growing up, Jack says he was headed to hell because he "swore a lot."
He lived near Hollywood in Pasadena, and says he may have been a Hollywood actor had he not been drafted into WWII, where he fought in Asia and the Pacific Islands. When he came back to California, he went into acting school, but, miraculously, heard a broadcast of Charles E. Fullerís Old Fashioned Revival Hour and was saved. Thus began his mania.
He became interested in the power and corruption within the Church when he read Power From On High by Charles Finney. It was then that he began making drawings about it, it was said. He created the comicWhy No Revival? Seems Chick becomes quite faithful around this time!
One day as he was driving home, he saw a group of teenagers, who he naturally assumed were JD's, standing by the side of the road. He began weeping audibly and had to pull over, because he was convinced they would all go to hell. He immediately began work on A Demon's Nightmare. It took 15 minutes. A Miracle! "God miraculously used the owner of the company Jack worked for to pay for the first printing of this new soul winning book." I'm not sure what that means.
Chick Publications is located in Rancho Cucamonga (since 1970). In 1972, Chick hired a real cartoonist (and the only other man ever to draw a Chick comic or tract) named Fred Carter. The tract output doubled and the series [i]Crusader comics,[/i] drawn by Carter, appeared.
Carter and Chick comics discernable in one simple way: quality. Carter's works are highly detailed and professional, while Chick's are "cartooney."
*IMP PUBLICATIONS: Dan Raeburn email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links for the Chicklets*
Jack T. Chick Museum of Fine Art
A good collection of tracts, with top 5 tract lists, records of Chick knock-off tracts, news and parodies. Sort of a Jack T. Chick anti-fan fanclub.
The Jack T. Chick Parody Archives
An indispensible companion to the main Jack Chick site. Parodies are done by several contributors, and they invariably follow a specific real tract, line-for-line. Tremendous fun. Seems that Chick himself found the antitracts a little too close for comfort, so the site has provided us with a peek into the "Holy War."
A parody of the Chick Tract, Big Daddy?
From Adult Christianity and the XXX-Rated Bible sites, which are also great fun. Tracts find biblical condonment for bondage and...well, nothing, really, about abortion. Includes links to Avoiding Self-Abuse, and the liberal christian Read The Bible tracts.
Jack Chick's Lies: The Real Alberto Rivera (with a letter from an Alberto supporter and counter-reply)
An interesting critique of the real story of Alberto. Was he a lecherous child abuser, a persecuted priest, or both?
Jack Chick and Chick Publications Wikipedia entries
review written by Alleee, 07/2002.
Last updated 03/2005.