Christian horror comic creator Jack Chick is dead aged 92

Christian horror comic creator Jack Chick is dead aged 92 October 25, 2016

In 2015, trailing a little-known 2008 indie documentary – God’s Cartoonist: The Comic Crusade of Jack Chick – the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah described the movie as: 

A mind-blowing profile of 91-year-old author and illustrator Jack T Chick and Chick Publications.

Well, the old fire and brimstone loon has died, but his “Chick tracts”, otherwise known as “Chicklets” are destined to circulate for many years to come.
Jim Reed, of the Psychotronic Film Society, wrote:

These tracts, which are seemingly kid-friendly, yet invariably contain all manner of violent imagery and mean-spirited subject matter, are designed to be used as tools to proselytise and win converts to Fundamentalist Christianity, and are primarily distributed for free by churches and zealous individuals.

Kent evangelist and paranoid nutter Bob Hutton, is certainly one who sets great store by these tracts.
Over the last 50 years, Chick Publications released more than 800 different 3×5-inch B&W comic books. These small comics have been translated into more than 100 languages and are generally considered to be the most popular and well-read independent comic books in the history of the world.
As such, wrote Reed:

They are prized by collectors for their bizarre storylines and ‘politically incorrect’ viewpoints.You’ve likely seen one of these ‘Chick Tracts’ left on a shelf in a retail store, or in the bathroom of a restaurant or other public place. They are meant to be found, read and used as inspiration to accept Jesus Christ as one’s lord and saviour.

A 'Chicklet' spotted on a urinal
A ‘Chicklet’ spotted on a urinal

However, while many credit the ‘scare tactics’ of Chick’s comics with drawing tens of thousands of people around the globe to fundamentalist Christianity, others decry the harsh anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-atheist and anti-evolution rhetoric on display in his company’s publications as a form of hate speech.

Fiercely private, Jack Chick has rarely been photographed or interviewed, and is something of a mystery even to his loyal followers and readers.
God’s Cartoonist: The Comic Crusade of Jack Chick is the most comprehensive and in-depth look at the Chick empire, message and controversy ever made, and features exclusive, candid interviews with Chick Publications employees and comic book artists, as well as longtime tract collectors and critics of Chick’s world view. You can see a trailer here.

At this special screening, the PFS offered a wide selection of Chick Tracts for sale, and also raffled off large collections of original tracts.

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  • Sick Chick can lick the dick of Old Nick for all I care. The world is a better place without the thick old prick. Still, I must admit that I did rather admire his Jesus and Mo cartoons…..

  • Smokey

    The tracts were definitely hate speech.
    Fortunately he thought the pen was mightier than the sword (or gun).

  • L.Long

    His input as stopped at this point but it will soon be replaced by another bigoted ahole xtian! And I do hope he is in heaven because I can’t think of a better punishment then an eternity of “glory to gawd”! And bowing down to a red skinned horned evil grinning gawd!!!

  • barriejohn

    Is that what you call Chick Lit?
    I knew many Christians who used these, but, as with banners, “Open Air Preaching”, and “Gospel Jackets” (I kid you not), I couldn’t see them doing anything but turn people right off.

  • barriejohn

    This is the sort of thing that I had in mind (Nor’n Ireland, you won’t be at all surprised to learn):
    How approachable do THEY look?

  • Angela_K

    Like all religious types, he’ll never realise his life was wasted worshipping a non-existent god in hope of an afterlife.

  • barriejohn

    Here is an interesting video about Chick Tracts:
    Many of the comments resonate with my own experience, but others are just too predictably stupid:
    They are chopping heads off now all over the middle east! THis is not a fable folks. Yes we have a choice to either except Jesus or not. Hell was not created for the soul of man but for the devil and his angels. We are living in the end times now. Wake up this is no joke.

  • barriejohn

    Equally predictably, there are other videos informing us that “Chick Tracts are of the devil”!
    Is there the remotest possibility that Christians (and Muslims) might one day be able to agree what their message really is?

  • Cali Ron

    My son and his cousin found Chicklets to be quite hilarious because they are so stupid and out of touch with the world today. I think most people find them to be either stupid or stupidly funny. As for mister Chick goodbye and good riddance. The only practical use I could think of for them was as a backup when the TP runs out.

  • My friend Kurt made that documentary. He also wrote the book on Chick comics. Kurt briefly got to meet the man, and later Kurt willingly appeared (as the villainous atheist he is) in one of Chick’s comics.

  • Laura Roberts

    @Angela_K: Too true. With that little bit of talent and so much energy, imagine what he might have accomplished had he focused on something useful.

  • barriejohn

    Please read this (and follow the link):
    To most, the passing of Jack Chick is a cultural hiccup. It’s a chance to laugh at the funny books that tell such ludicrous lies that people wonder if they might be parody.
    For me its a reminder of the weird horror movie I grew up in. One where demons were real and torture was promised as a punishment for reading the wrong book or thinking the wrong thought.

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