Christian Cartoonist Jack Chick has passed away at the age of 92.
Chick was known for his small comic strip booklets, called “Chick tracts.” The comics promoted an extreme conservative Christian message filled with hatred and justified with ignorance.
According to a Facebook post from Chick Publications, Chick passed away October 23. The announcement reads, in part:
Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Brother Jack Chick passed away Sunday evening, October 23, peacefully in his sleep. He was 92.
The announcement continues:
Our promise to you —
“The Method,” “The Vision,” “The Purpose” of Chick Publications and Jack Chick was described by Robert Ito in the Los Angeles magazine as “equal parts hate literature and fire-and-brimstone sermonizing.”Chick tracts often warned of the supposed dangers of everything from rock music to evolution, to Harry Potter, to homosexuality; and accused Roman Catholics, Freemasons, Muslims, Jews, and many other groups of murder and conspiracies.
One of Chick’s most famous works, “Dark Dungeons,” which espoused Chick’s belief that roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons were tools of Satanism, was adapted into an independent short film in 2014.
Wikipedia reports Chick’s views have been spread worldwide, mostly through the tracts and now online. His company, Chick Publications, says it has sold over 750 million tracts, comics tracts and comic books, videos, books, and posters designed to promote Evangelical Protestantism from a Christian fundamentalist perspective or point of view. They have been translated into more than 100 languages.
Chick was an Independent Baptist and a believer in the King James Only movement, which holds that every English translation of the Bible more recent than 1611 promotes heresy or immorality.