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Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Tract #3 - This Was Your Life! (1964)


Above: 1964 oversize and medium oversize versions, 1972 standard-size version.

Like the first two tracts, This Was Your Life! was originally printed in two sizes, both larger than the current standard size. It was first printed in the smaller version in 1969, and although the content was essentially the same, it was redrawn to fit the new size, and some of the panels were combined to reduce the page count to the standard 24-page length. As an example, here is the same panel shown in all three sizes:



This Was Your Life! received minor revisions in 1972 and 2002, mostly related to the font and text formatting. I've already posted the current version in comparison to some of the later revised and re-titled versions, so I won't add them here. The 1964 version is posted below:













































































I originally posted about This Was Your Life! here:


And here:




Here are my posts about the various revised and re-titled versions of This Was Your Life!:


1969 version published by Afro-American Gospel Publications:


Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #199 - It's Your Life (2006)

Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #242 - You Have a Date! (2011)

Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #248 - Your Big Moment (2011)

Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #265 - Your Best Life (2014)

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Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Tract #4 - Holy Joe (1964)


Above Left: 1964 medium oversize version, 1970 revision. Right: 1972 and 2002 revisions.


I originally posted about Holy Joe here:


Gutter Phoenix posted:

Chick tract #4 - Holy Joe (1964).



On the left: 1964 version (3.5" x 5"), 1970 version, 1972 version. On the right: 1972 version with larger cover art, 2002 revision, Hebrew version



Everyone makes fun of Holy Joe for being religious. Everybody dies in combat. Everyone goes to hell except for Holy Joe. Who's laughing now, Sarge!!??

This is another one that hasn't changed much over the years. The original version was re-drawn to fit into the standard 2.75" x 5" size, but the story is virtually the same.


The 1964 medium oversize version is really rare, so I'll post that below.




































The later, standard-sized revisions are mostly the same except for some font and formatting changes. I've compared the 1970 and 2002 versions below:


























OK, that's the last of the old tracts. I'll post some of Chicks books, the comics, and some other miscellaneous stuff when I get a chance.

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #1 - "Operation Bucharest" (1974)



This is the first of the full color comics from Chick Publications. It's also their premiere issue of the ongoing series, The Crusaders, which tells tales of two Christian missionary badasses who spread the gospel while having adventures around the world. The Crusaders consist of ex-green beret Timothy Clark, and ex-drug pusher/ current karate black belt James Carter (who is drawn like a self-portrait of artist Fred Carter).





In "Operation Bucharest," the Tim and James go to Soviet-era Romania to fight commies and make sure Christians have access to the Bible. More than one red devil is converted to Christ.




There have been a few changes to this comic, mostly notes added after the fall of communism that mention it took place during the Soviet era.


All of the Crusaders comics are still in print. In fact, all but five of the comics from Chick Publications have remained in print since they were first published: one bizarre four-issue series called The Overcomers (which I touhed on briefly earlier in the thread), and a comic adaption of the story of Jonah, which was printed on super-glossy paper and became too expensive to keep in print. I'll get to those in due time.


You can read the Operation Bucharest here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/OperationBucharest.html


I've linked this odd fundamentalist website before, but it has all but the most recent Crusaders comic, among other interesting things. It's worth browsing through:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Chick_Chri...omic_Books.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #2 - The Broken Cross (1974)



In this issue, the Crusaders save a girl named Jody from a bunch of hippie witches.







The sexual tension between Tim and Jim is palpable.












The first printing had a different cover, using the same shield design as the first issue:




You can read the whole thing here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/BrokenCross.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #3 - Scar Face (1974)



In the fictional East African country of Toganda, Kruma is viciously whipped by British colonists. He grows hating white people, and eventually becomes the president of his country with the help of a mysterious Chinese adviser named Lu Fang. Tim and Jim arrive in Toganda as missionaries, and eventually manage to convert President Kruma to Christ. Lu Fang escapes to plot his revenge.












You can read the whole thing here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/ScarFace.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #4 - Exorcists (1975)



In Calcutta, India, young Santosh is possessed by Satan. Local religious leaders can't do anything to help, but the Crusaders promptly exorcise the demon and bring Santosh to Christ.
















You can read The Exorcists here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/TheExorcists.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #5 - Chaos (1976)



The plot is this issue has Tim and Jim going to Israel to protect an Armageddon expert from dark forces trying to kill him. A large portion of the comic shows Chick's vision of things to come, when the world breaks down into chaos fallowing the rapture.


Chick tract enthusiasts will be pleased to see the three-wheeled mobile peace guillotine from early versions of The Beast making an appearance:





























You can read Chaos here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Chaos.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #6 - Primal Man? (1976)



Hollywood shysters are making pro-evolution films to lure our children to the Devil. The crusaders explain that evolution is a hoax, the Earth is only 6,000 years old, and dinosaurs not only co-existed with man, but are still roaming around in Salinas, California. (I'll be passing through there on my way to Monterrey this weekend, so I'll keep my eyes peeled for proof).














You can read Primal Man? here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/PrimalMan.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #7 - The Ark (1976)



Noah's ark has been discovered in Turkey, but the commies have been suppressing the information because it goes against their godless beliefs. The crusaders appear on the scene and convert some communists, but it's decided that the truth about the ark will have to stay hidden until the political situation changes.








Throughout the series, Tim and Jim seem to be on a crusade against wearing shirts. Nothing gay about that.








There were dinosaurs on the ark, naturally.











You can read The Ark here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/TheArk.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #8 - The Gift (1977)



Marsha hates her life, so she jumps off of a bridge. Tim and Jim witness her suicide attempt while on a double-date, and they rush to Marsha's rescue. The crusaders and their women-friends tell Marsha about how Jesus died for her sins (the titular gift), and she gets saved.













You can read The Gift here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/TheGift.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #9 - Angel of Light (1978)



The crusaders save a woman named Darlene from a couple of masked serial killers. They seize the opportunity to tell Darlene and her boyfriend Jeff all about Lucifer. Jeff is not receptive, but they eventually convert him.
































You can read Angel of Light here, although the scan isn't very good:

http://www.fmh-child.org/AngelOfLight.html


Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #10 - Spellbound? (1978)



Tim and Jim save the life of rock star Bobby Dallas after he almost runs them off of the road. In gratitude, he invites them to a kickass rock n' roll party. They convert him to Christianity. Bobby's Satanic buddies (who also appeared in The Broken Cross) don't like that, so they murder him. Meanwhile, a pastor (based on Chick's occasional source on occult matters, John Todd) tells the crusaders all about rock n' roll's roots in druid ceremonies.

There's a lot of great stuff in this comic, so I'm going to post the whole thing.





































































The cover for Spellbound? changed over the years to keep up with the most popular format for listening to music. The original had 8-track tapes on the cover, followed by cassettes, and finally CDs.




The first two versions show a master tape, but the most recent version changes it to a CD.




Melinda holds a record in most versions, but it's changed to a CD in the most recent version.




You can read Spellbound? here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Spellbound.html


Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #11 - Sabotage? (1979)



Gary Slator becomes an instant atheist and burns down a Bible college when his professor tells him that the King James Version of the Bible isn't the actual Word of God. After ten years in prison, he is picked up by Tim and Jim. They take him to see a man named Dr. Hillman, who explains to Gary that he's been duped by Vatican conspiracies and the Alexandrian cult. The true Word of God was kept safe by true believers in the Alps until it was time for King James to have the flawlessly copied original manuscripts translated into God's English. Modern scholarship is a Satanic plot. Gary is obviously easily convinced by anyone claiming expertise in a given subject, so he quickly converts back to Christianity and decides to cut of his long, filthy hippy hair.






















You can read the entirety of Sabotage? here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Sabotage.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #12 - Alberto (1979)



This is the first of seven comics detailing the story of ex-Jesuit priest Alberto Rivera, a major source for Chick's most inflammatory anti-Catholic material. In the first installment, Alberto meets the two Crusaders and tells him the story of his life up through leaving the priesthood. Vatican conspiracy theories, ahoy!






























You can read Alberto here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Alberto.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #13 - Double-Cross (1981)




In the second installment of the Alberto series, he tells the story of being hunted by the Vatican, and saving his sister Maria from a Satanic nunnery. Later, his Jesuit dentist attempts to murder him.



























This comic taught me that Abraham Lincoln tried to warn us about the sinister influence of the Vatican. Also, Jerry Brown is a secret Jesuit.




You can read Double-Cross here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/DoubleCross.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #14 - The Godfathers (1982)




In this issue, Alberto tells the Crusaders that the Nazis and Communists are two branches of the Vatican, and were created by the Pope to kick the Jews out of Jerusalem.

































You can read The Godfathers here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Godfathers.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #15 - The Force (1983)




In the fourth chapter of Alberto's story, he explains the occult foundation of the Catholic Church. Prepare to learn the truth about exorcism, Santa Claus, and Jesuit baby sacrifice.































You can read The Force here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Force.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #16 - Four Horsemen (1985)




In the fifth installment of the Alberto series, he gives the Crusaders his own spin on The Book of Revelation, which is based on secret information he learned at the Vatican during his time as a Jesuit.



























You can read Four Horsemen here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/FourHorsemen.html


The mobile guillotine strikes again:

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



SniperWoreConverse posted:

The evil rock music one reminds me of an actual super lovely personal failing I had irl. In the olden days I was friends with this kid who was a huge dick, but honestly alright despite that. We were assholes back to him, but he was an important part of the dynamics of our group of high school morons.

One day it turned out he started going to one of these chick style churches because some hot chick invited him. It was a total gently caress job where they convinced him to ritually burn hundreds of bucks worth of really good music, I mean this dude had like a thousand or 500 cds back when that poo poo was NOT cheap. I mean, giant binders of the fuckers. And he had metal classics as well as a lot of really esoteric poo poo too. I had a fuckin cassette player for christssake, this was when dial up was a big deal, it was hard to find the weird good bands that never got popular.

Anyway, we were all like "what the gently caress dude, I would have bought some of those, you don't have to destroy them," etc. Whatever, weird but maybe not that big a deal. He started trying to integrate people from that church into our group and it was a poo poo show. I remember me and this other dude giving one of his church friends a ride home and he started off on this crazy tangent about women and dick size and all this whole nutso thing, and I'm like "holy poo poo dude" making sideways eye contact with my friend who's driving, and this guy is just going and going, really hosed up misogynistic poo poo, talking about whores, sluts, stretched out pussys, really offputting disturbing poo poo. We weren't even replying to him or interacting with the dude and just dumped him off at his destination and went back. Never saw him again.

We had a couple cool chicks in the group and they really hated the fucker and wanted nothing to do with him, and I was like yeah he's a goddamn creep. Like I was a typical goony loser and even I understood that he had really hosed ideas about women.

Our guy ended up drifting out of our group into Jesus land.

That whole scene was bad news and insane. Years later we found out they had pressured our guy into groveling on the ground literally crawling towards a crucifix begging for mercy and poo poo like that. He ended up sharing a house with a bunch of them and the righteous Christians basically conned him out of a ton of money they spent on drugs. Later on he got roped into investing in some kind of Christian dance school that ended up evaporating, along with his cash. Even later I guess came out as trans and they all shunned him. Dunno if he has any friends or family at all now, dunno how he ended up.

I talked about it with people I knew from those days and they're all mostly like "there's nothing we could have done," but I think I could have done something, said something. I legit think finding Jesus ruined his life way worse than it would have been otherwise. I'll feel terrible every time I think about it for the rest of my life, I think. All the signs were there, it was obvious that this was bad news and he was going the wrong way, but I never said anything when I knew better.

The take away is that if u see something, say something, and this story combined with other stuff I've experienced with this kinda religious person has convinced me that they absolutely cannot be trusted in any way and will completely gently caress you over for any reason.



I knew a couple of people who got super-religious right around the end of high school or soon thereafter. It's a weird time, especially for aimless people struggling to figure out a direction in life. It's a shame he wandered into the snare of evangelical Christianity though. Those are some pretty toxic beliefs, especially for impressionable teenagers.

I was a teenage metalhead, so I've always loved the Christian anti-rock material because it's just so ridiculous and out-of-touch, but I've read and heard quite a few stories about people who've grown up with parents that believed in that nonsense, and it was no joke to them. That recent thread on the 1980's Satanic Panic had some prime examples:

https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3809323


That reminds me, The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years has a short segment with a woman named Darlyne Pettinicchio from the Back in Control Training Center, an organization that specialized in deprogramming teenage metal fans during the 80's. Jello Biafra frequently mentioned them in his old spoken word albums. I can't find anything recent on them, so they either disbanded, or changed the name of their Christian boot-camps. Here's an old article:










Also, here is the first part of a hilarious Christian documentary called Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock n' Roll (1989):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKIQ7T-t_V4#t=1s

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Young Freud posted:

I didn't even notice there's an aquarium supposedly to catch the head and drown it.

So, whatever happen to Alberto Rivera?

Alberto died of colon cancer in 1997 at the age of 61. He claimed that the Jesuits has tricked him into ingesting a cancer-causing poison. Here's a brief write up on the Chick Tract Fan Club website:

http://www.monsterwax.com/nury.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #17 - The Prophet (1988)




Returning from Lebanon, an ABC news correspondent named Rosco runs into an old war buddy at the airport. His pal is Tim the crusader, and he's got Jim and Alberto with him. They all get to talking, and Alberto explains how Islam is actually a Vatican creation, and the Moon god is a phony. Also, the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II was a false flag.





























This is the sixth chapter in the Alberto saga, and the last to be published in the Crusaders series (Alberto Rivera released a seventh volume under his own A.I.C. imprint).


You can read The Prophet here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Prophet.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Great Holocaust I (Alberto Part 7): The Martyr Story of Klark Butterfield (1994)




This one isn't a Crusaders comic, but it is a continuation of the Alberto series so I figured I'd include it. It was published by Alberto Rivera's own AIC Ministries, and the quality of the art and printing pales in comparison to the earlier comics drawn by Fred Carter and written/ published by Chick.

It tells the story of former Catholic priest named Clark Butterfield. He wrote an anti-Vatican book called Night Journey to Rome and sent the manuscript to Chick Publications. They declined to publish it, but Alberto thought it was so important that he released it himself under his own AIC Ministries. The material was so explosive that the Vatican and Freemasons ordered Clark's doctor to murder him.





















The back cover shows an eighth Alberto comic titled The Plot of Holocaust. As far as I know, it was never published by either Chick Publications or AIC, and most likely never got past the planning stages. The drawing on the cover is from the Crusaders comic Double Cross.




You can read The Great Holocaust here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/TheGreatHolocaust.html

Or here:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/28250300...-Alberto-Part-7


Here's a bit more about the Alberto comics, and anti-Vatican Chick tracts in general:

http://www.fmh-child.org/AlbertoRivera.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Here's a promising documentary from 1984 called Deception of a Generation about the Satanic influence of toys and cartoons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnjdq32u-MU







Here's one from 1989 called Devil Worship: The Rise of Satanism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6IUZ87gGDk#t=986s



It even has an appearance from Mark of the Temple of Olympus, last seen in the amazing Pagan Invasion series!






And who could forget 1994's The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_T5EF-uzU#t=1417s





This isn't exactly a Christian scare film, but I feel it's worth sharing anyway. Tragedy or Hope? (1972) tells the story of a young college protester who is visited by the ghosts of his forefathers. They teach him the true meaning of freedom, and then join forces to go beat up the rest of the hippies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhXV-7ujgbU

A better quality version is on archive.org:

https://archive.org/details/Tragedyo1972

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Nearly twenty years elapsed between the publication of the sixth Alberto comic in 1988 and the next volume of the Crusaders in 2007, so this seems as good a time as any to mention the handful of miscellaneous Chick comics that aren't a part of the Crusaders series.



King of Kings (1980)



This is Chick's retelling of the entire Bible with all of his favorite conspiracy theories retconned in to the story-line.






























You can read the whole thing here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/KingOfKings.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Two new tracts are out today:



Tract #289 - Almost Time

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1166/1166_01.asp




Tract #290 - Help

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1120/1120_01.asp


I'll post more about these two when I get hard copies of them.


In even more exciting news, an official biography of Jack Chick has been released!







I am ordering a copy today, and will post about it as soon as I receive and read it.

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Big Betrayal (1981)



The Jesuits orchestrated the Civil War and murdered Abraham Lincoln.

This comic is based on a book called Fifty Years in the Church of Rome by Charles Chiniquy. He was a Catholic priest who became disillusioned with the church, was excommunicated, and then repeatedly brought up on false charges by agents of the Vatican. Abraham Lincoln successfully defended Chiniquy in court, which angered the Jesuits enough to assassinate him nine years later.


























You can read a pdf version of Fifty Years in the Church of Rome here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Fifty_Year...rch_of_Rome.pdf


Chick Publications also sells a version of the book:

http://www.chick.com/catalog/books/0180.asp


You can read The Big Betrayal here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/TheBigBetrayal.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Overcomers (1987/ 1988)

I mentioned this bizarre four-comic series earlier in the thread.

Gutter Phoenix posted:

Speaking of comics, I'm fond of The Overcomers (1987/1988) by Mary Mitchell, in which Guardian Angels that look like Siegfried and Roy come to Earth to protect kids from evil. These are notable for the terrible art, incoherent plot, and portrayal of Jesus with gaping stigmata! Sadly, they are out of print.














They are the only comics from Chick Publications without art by Fred Carter. They are also the only comics that Jack didn't write. I have no clue what inspired their publication, but they sold very poorly, and the series was quickly cancelled. As a result, they are pretty tough to find these days. That's a shame, because they really are something special.

I'll come back to these later. They deserve a closer look, but I want to get through the rest of the Crusaders series first.

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Jonah (1994)



This comic tells the story of Jonah. It's similar to the tract The First Jaws, and some of the panels are nearly identical, although the artwork in the comic was painted.





























Jonah is currently unavailable. It was printed on thick, glossy paper and became too expensive to keep in stock. Besides the Overcomers series, it is only comic from Chick Publications that is out pf print. It's the most recent of the miscellaneous, non-Crusaders comics to be published.


I posted about The First Jaws here:

Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #71 - The First Jaws (1985)


You can read Jonah here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Jonah.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



As I mentioned earlier, almost twenty years passed between the publication of Crusaders #17 in 1988 and issue #18 in 2007. During that period, Fred Carter was busy drawing the artwork for most of the Bible series of tracts (1984-1992), followed by the hundreds of detailed oil paintings he created for the 2003 film Light of the World:



Anyway, back to the adventures of America's favorite evangelical missionary couple, Timothy and James.


The Crusaders #18 - The Enchanter (2007)



Darlene's husband Jake is murdered by Mormon "Avenging Angels" in retribution for leaving the church. Terrified that she'll be next, Darlene reaches out to the Crusaders for help. They send her money so she can get a bus ticket to her mother's house. Tim and Jim decide they ought to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so they seek out an ex-Mormon named David Franks, who tells them all about Joseph Smith and the sinister origins of the his evil church. The comic gives no real resolution to Jake's death, but we can assume his killers will go to Hell, so I guess that's punishment enough.
































You can read The Enchanter here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/TheEnchanter.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #19 - Unwanted (2010)



This comic tells the story of Chaplain Dann Slator, who also appeared in the 1982 tracts Reverend Wonderful, and The Letter. Born to drunken parents who didn't want him, Dann grew up during the depression and fought in World War II, narrowly avoiding death numerous times. He was a hard-drinking troublemaker, even long after the war ended. That all changed when he saw an artist give a presentation about the end-times. Dann got saved, and started spreading the gospel by passing out tracts.

The artist isn't named in the comic, but it is clearly supposed to be Jack Chick. Even before Chick started publishing tracts, he made up a series of cartoons similar to what eventually became This Was Your Life! to use as a visual aid when preaching his message. Anyway, Dann started passing out Chick tracts soon after Jack started making them, and has reportedly given out over a million of them over the years. He's still at it as far as I know.


















You can read Unwanted here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Unwanted.html


I mentioned a bit about Chaplain Dann when I wrote about these tracts:


Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #54 - Reverend Wonderful (1982)

The cowboy character is based on a real-life man who goes by the name Chaplain Dann, who also appears in the next tract (The Letter). During a lengthy life spent preaching the Good News, Dann has reportedly given out over one million Chick tracts! That is impressive.

Chaplain Dann's autobiography was recently published by the guy who wrote The Art of Jack T. Chick. You can read more about it here:

http://www.monsterwax.com/DannBook.html


Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #55 - The Letter (1982)

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



RagnarokAngel posted:

Gutter Phoenix, have you considered putting your posts on a tumblr or a blog or something? Having all the of the chick tracts in release order has been a fascinating experience to see them evolve as Chick's views changed. I'd love to be able to share them with people outside these forums.

I'm glad other people find it interesting! I've thought about putting together a website or something (mostly to trade extra tracts with other collectors), but I haven't done so yet. Maybe I'll get around to doing that after I post the remaining Chick stuff here.

There are still a few comics to go (plus the Overcomers series), a handful of books illustrated by Chick/ Carter, the Battle Cry newsletter, and some other miscellaneous items. We're in the home stretch, but there's plenty of great stuff left!

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #20 - Jesuits (2011)




Jesuits use hate-crime laws to arrest and imprison Protestants.

















You can read the entire comic here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/Jesuits.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Iron Prince posted:

just ordered a copy of the biography. seems too interesting to pass up. as always, thanks for always updating the thread gutter phoenix

You Don't Know Jack by David W. Daniels (2017)



I received my copy a few days ago. It's a quick read, full of pictures, and a large portion of it is a defense of Alberto Rivera for some reason, but there's still plenty of interesting stuff. It's basically a print version of the Chick Publications video series of the same name:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=totLO3sV6-Y#t=5s


I found the descriptions of his family life especially interesting. His parents made fun of him for becoming a Christian. His daughter was ridiculed at school, got involved in drugs and witchcraft, and died before the age of 50. I also found it interesting that he wasn't a regular churchgoer.

There is also plenty of talk about where his beliefs came from and how they evolved.


















Apparently Fang predates the tracts. He added him into the background of his drawings because he loved animals, especially his dogs. Also, the cat's name is Goldie.








Author David Daniels talks about how he started helping Chick write the tracts starting with the Bob series in 2000 or so. He also helped write the comics starting with The Enchanter. He never mentions who will be drawing the tracts once Chick's backlog runs out, but he'll be writing them. His ideas mirror Chick's pretty closely, so that seems fitting.

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #21 - Black Angel (2013)



This is the story of an O.G. named Peanut and his time in an Ontario, California gang called "The Black Angels." After discarding his Catholic upbringing and accepting a Chick-approved Protestant version of Jesus Christ, he decides to preach his story to other gang members so that they too have a chance to avoid an eternity in Hell.


















According to You Don't Know Jack, David Daniels was the main writer on this comic, as well as the previous one (Jesuits).


You can read Black Angel here:

http://www.fmh-child.org/BlackAngel.html

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



The Crusaders #22 - Unthinkable (2016)



Rachel Cohen meets the Crusaders at the hospital after her friend Rabbi Solomon is beaten to death. They tell her about the history of antisemitism in America, and convince her to give up Judaism in favor of evangelical Christianity.

































This is the last of the comics to date. According to You Don't Know Jack, the writing was a collaborative effort between Jack Chick and David Daniels. It's based on the Chick Publications book As America Has Done to Israel by John P. McTernan.


Here is the page for Unthinkable on the Chick Publications website:

http://www.chick.com/catalog/comics/3022.asp


You can read an eight-page exert here:

http://www.chick.com/catalog/comics/3022_m.asp


Here is the page for As America Has Done to Israel on the Chick Publications website:

http://www.chick.com/catalog/books/1289.asp

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Tract # 289 - Almost Time (2017)




Billy Gibbs wants to know about Judgement Day, but his father forbids him to learn about Christianity. However, he talks to a preacher, gets saved, and converts his family as well. Six months later, after reading the Bible cover-to-cover, Billy goes back to the preacher to ask about Armageddon since the text is a little unclear about exactly what happens. The last third of the tract is classic Chick, and shows his vision of things to come.





























You can read Almost Time here:

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1166/1166_01.asp

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Tract #290 - Help (2017)




This is Fred Carter's revision of Soul Survivor featuring black characters. I've compared the two below:

























You can read Help here:

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1120/1120_01.asp


I posted about Soul Survivor here:

Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract #283 - Soul Survivor (2016)

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



Now seems as good a time as any to post a few miscellaneous items.


Evolution Poster (1973)



This is a full-color 11" x 32" poster of a painting by Fred Carter, similar to the center panels from the tract Big Daddy?. Sadly, it is now out of print, although I don't know when that happened. I bought one from Chick.com way back in 2000, so it was available until at least that time.






Here are four different versions of the centerfold from Big Daddy?:




I posted about Big Daddy? here:

Gutter Phoenix posted:

Tract # 15 - Big Daddy? (1970).

Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



There have been a lot of Chick tract parodies over the years. I figured I'd post a couple of the more notable ones.


Head Shop or Dead Shop? (1974)



This parody tract was written by P.J. O' Rourke and illustrated by Jeff Cox. It appeared in the December 1974 issue of National Lampoon magazine.

















Devil Doll? (1989)



This parody tract was written and illustrated by Dan Clowes, and originally published in the first issue of his comic book Eightball. It was later reprinted in tract form and included in Jello Biafra's 1994 spoken word album Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police.

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Gutter Phoenix
Jul 23, 2013



BOOKS


Chick Publications has published quite a few books by who's who of crackpot authors over the past half-century. I'll focus on those that were authored and/or illustrated by Jack Chick, and mentions a handful of others if I have time.


The Last Call (1963)



This is one of the earliest efforts by Jack Chick, and his first book. The text is taken from the sermons of a preacher named Charles G. Finney, whose message had an obvious influence on Chick's beliefs.

It was originally released in a landscape format, but was revised and re-released in a standard form in 1978. Beyond being reformatted to fit the new shape, the material is essentially unchanged.



The Last Call received a new cover and some changes to the font in 2012, but otherwise remains pretty much the same. It is still in print.




Here are a few representative pictures. They are from the original version.





































I wrote about The Last Call here:

Gutter Phoenix posted:

The Last Call (1963). This is a transitional point for Jack Chick, as it's more of a text-heavy book than a comic style tract. Although it's essentially the same size as the large versions of Why No Revival? and A Demon's Nightmare, the page length is doubled.



It isn't generally considered to be a tract these days, but that's mainly because the size was never reduced to the more common 2.75" x 5" modern format.



Of all the early printed material from Jack Chick, this is among the easiest to find, probably because it seems more like a book than some flimsy religious comic book.

Here are signs of things to come from Chick's original publisher/ distributor:



There would be one more big one before Jack embraced the DIY spirit and decided to do it all himself:




Coming Next: This Was Your Life

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