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Welcome to the Museum's Memory Lane!
A collection of correspondence on Chick tracts. (New e-letters added as they come in.) To view older letters & memories, click here.
[Please Note: Curator's remarks are in bold type.]
This is Chick Memories 14
From Jan 1st 2013 to present (The newest entries are at the top.)
Revised 11.21.16 (All contents ©2012 Monsterwax)
Jack Chick passed away in his sleep, Sunday Night, Oct. 23rd, 2016. It's the end of an era. Brandy Zadrozny from The Daily Beast contacted me about it (as did Dan Barry from The New York Times). Both outlets have very secular audiences, so one would expect hostile treatment of the artist. However, Brandy's essay shows a great deal of interest and respect.
Although he is no longer with us, Chick continues to bless release new tracts every two months-- tracts he drew and stockpiled in anticipation of his death. The first posthumous example of his tracts was released early November, entitled Watch Out! It is my understanding that he has at least two years worth of tracts in the pipeline, and after that, new tracts will continue with David Daniels writing them (and perhaps Fred Carter drawing them).
Whatever the distant future reveals, Chick's continued publishing of new tracts places him in a unique status for authors. He is no longer the most published author alive, yet he continues to be the most published author still publishing...
Now deceased, friends and followers are revealing photos they kept hidden of Chick to protect him from any fanatics who might attempt to enforce the Islamic fatwa (edict) to kill artists who draw pictures of Mohammed. Chick also received death threats from gay activists after publishing The Gay Blade in 1972, and various Catholic supporters after publishing Alberto in 1979, but recent assassinations of other cartoonists who dared draw Mohammed indicate the Islamic threat was most real. Chick devoted an entire full color comic book that both depicted and criticized Mohammed back in 1988, as well as numerous black and white tracts. The fact he lived to the ripe old age of 92 would seem to support his theory that he was protected by a higher power.
The King of Underground Comics is dead. Long live The King!
I just wanted to let you know that I received my membership packet and was thrilled with it (haw, haw, haw!)
Just wanted to mention that your reviews of the Chick tracts are probably one of the best and funniest things I've ever stumbled across online! I can't even tell you how many times I started crying from laughing so hard at some of the reviews, whether it was for a tract like Sampson or for Chick's Crusader comics. I also love how you guys take a very even-handed and fair approach and support Chick's freedom of speech. I just recently ordered the sampler pack of in-print tracts from his site, the fan club from your site, and I will definitely also be ordering your book soon as well! Thanks for providing me with weeks' worth of entertainment!
Hi there. I ordered the Chick Tract Club membership pack and I first wanted to say how excellent it all is! I feel like I felt when I joined the Six Million Dollar Man Club back in the 70's!!! Great button and the "Get Out of Hell Free" card is a real bonus. Thank you for putting a kit together for the real fans of Chick!
PS. After ordering the club kit I found your website - wow, fantastic! I've spent a number of hours reading all the info you've gathered and had no idea there was such a complicated history to Chick Tracts. I have such great memories of them from the 70's and 80's and still have a small collection (favorite - Soul Brother).
Hey, thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the club-- that's why we do it! -Kurt
I received your package today, and it looks great! I have devoured many pages in your book. I had to skip to the end to read about your visit to Chick Publications. I am sure that was an awesome experience.
I hand out the tracts as a means to lead people to Jesus and salvation, but I also like collecting them. You might find some humor in where I leave them on my weekly visits to stores, etc. For example, during my weekly visit to Wal-Mart, I usually leave a "Baby Talk" tract on the aisle with the pregnancy tests, either a "Sin City" or "Doom Town" next to the condoms and lubricants, and "Happy Hour" in the wine and beer sections. On top of the price scanners I prop up various tracts; this week the tract title that I left "Is Allah Like You?" since it tied in to the tragic events in California and Paris. I left a tract on a bench at our local Belk store, several underneath the price scanners there, and my waitress this weekend received a tract with my signed receipt and tip. In addition, I left some inside the credit card applications at my local gas station. I always enjoy finding new places to leave the tracts. I ordered 1,000 copies of "The Greatest Story Ever Told" since it was half price! I gave each couple in my Sunday School class a bundle, as well as the wife of my pastor.
-Scott (Greenwood, SC)
Glad you enjoyed the book. Just between you, me, and the eavesdropping Jesuits, the visit to Chick Publications is one of my favorite chapters, too. They were wonderful hosts and a delight to meet in person.
It's great you're passing out the Chick tracts. They really are the most eye catching tracts out there. I was reminded of that during Thanksgiving when I visited Petsmart and encountered THE MISSING DAY tract in my shopping cart. While talking to one of the clerks about aquarium fish, another clerk approached with a pile of tracts she had collected from the other carts. She seemed angry (probably inspired by the invisible demon on her shoulder). I told her those were very collectible Chick tracts and many people loved to get them, and she shouldn't throw them away. I also told her that title was very festive and appropriate for the season. Then I said I and many other people collected them, and they were some of the neatest (and cheapest) things to collect out there. These seemed to make an impression on her, though I'm not sure what she did with the tracts. Haw-haw-haw!
Hello and thank you for your fine website. Thanks for publishing my top ten list in 2008. I've since gotten sick of religion, when they pressured my then-broke ass to tithe instead of buy food.
More recently I had an exciting tract spotting in the wild: I saw some in a dentist office, just lying there forelorn, including The Awful Truth.
Boy, Jack Chick is just bringing it: he has no love for Catholics. Man. He just doesn't care about stepping on toes anymore.
Also, I was equally charmed and repulsed by reading Mean Mama. JTC is not above killing children characters in order to move a plot forward. Yikes! --
It sounds like you had some fine reading while waiting to have your teeth drilled. I can only imagine how the person who left it must have enjoyed predicting the "finders" response. Haw-haw!
Always happy to hear others enjoy these little wonders as much as I do. You should get a charge out of collecting them. Aside from all the other reasons, they are still very cheap (compared to other collectibles). Plus, the endless variations provide additional pleasures once you've obtained all 250+ titles. And considering how much the "War on Religion" has heated up in recent months (with Christian businesses being sued for refusing to help celebrate gay marriage and now Church's tax free status under threat), it is clear that the first amendment is no longer considered sacrosanct. These tracts (or at least many titles) could become illegal to pass out or even manufacture. If that happens, we can imagine how expensive it will become to obtain such artifacts! So if I were you, I'd call your mom and search for that older stash sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you may pull into her driveway one day as the church pickup is pulling out!
Hey again, Kurt,
That's very cool that you got to visit Chick Publications. Top notch. What a cultural experience. Again, very impressed with your impartiality/neutrality on Chick's worldview.
Today is International Pi Day (March 14th, 2015) and I set up a both at Alt Con filled with Chick tracts and comics. A lot of the self-professed "nerd crowd" (including older people) picked them up and told stories about encountering them in the past. Every single one of them said they had eventually thrown them away or lost them-- except one person who was still fairly certain she had them. That's about 1 out of 25 who had the sense to hold on to them! But that's also why certain tracts become so valuable: so few people ever imagine they can ever be worth anything, so only a tiny % ever get saved.
Also, for the record, that tract I discuss below that sold on ebay for $10.95 (BUY-IT-NOW) on January 12ht, 2015, not only included the original WHAT'S YOUR SCORE, but it also included several other tracts, like an oversized THE BEAST, FRAME UP, THE THING, (the original) LAST GENERATION, (the original) PASSOVER PLOT?, ESCAPE, (the original) WHY NO REVIVAL?, (the original) THE POOR REVOLUTIONIST, the super hard to find OPERATION SOMEBODY CARES, and not one, but TWO copies of THIS BOOK HAS BEEN BANNED. Plus it was free shipping! Someone really did well on that purchase!
I sure enjoy your Face Book Page and keep tabs on the museum web site. I picked up a while back a unopen and one barely open, My Name?...In The Vatican?, for nothing? Makes me wonder what is still out there? Did you ever do a remake of " The Secret Weapon" ? Don't find those anymore either.
You sure scored the MY NAME tracts, as they are perm. discontinued. That's another nice thing about the tracts, there are still plenty of bargains out there just waiting to be found. No, we never reprinted any of the tracts except ones that seem to be otherwise nonexistent (I don't want to undercut the value of the regular collectors who may have paid $100 plus for a super rare but still available title.) So I limited to the titles that no one even knew existed until we discovered them. That would be WHAT'S YOUR SCORE, and THE LOST CONTINENT. I've never seen either of those titles anywhere else except recently, an original WHAT'S YOUR SCORE appears to have popped on eBay for 28 minutes before someone snagged it with a BUY-IT-NOW option. (I think they paid a mere $11 for it.... only a fraction of its worth. So again, more proof that there are still some great deals out there!)
As an 80s kid, I grew up shocked and horrified by my father's Crusaders comics, they kicked the ass of any superhero comics. To this day the only thing I've found that comes close to the artistry, shock and impact is Heavy Metal magazine.
Thanks for writing back about this. The guy is an absolute master. I saw part of "light of the world" on youtube. The man is an unsung hero of the art world. His sinister characters are the most compelling, the way he draws them with warts and hair and fat rolls. I'm not sue which book it's in but the way he draws Nimrod is a perfect example. Crusaders covers like Angel of light, literally scared the hell out of me as a little kid.
I wish I could tell him how great of an artist he is. The fact that it's religious stuff has kept him underground but his work is truly nonpareil. -J.
Can you believe it ? It's been ten years since I joined The Chick Tract Club! Originally, I bought your book, a club membership, and a tract assortment. (I'm not sure if I bought them all from you but I did get them all around the same time.)
Other than the assortment I bought to jump-start my collection, I haven't acquired any other tracts as I thought it might be more fun to hunt for them "in the wild." Since this is Wichita, Kansas —a place with no shortage of Bible-thumpers— I thought I'd find some in no time! But, in ten years, I've encountered only ONE tract in the wild, "Titanic." And that was only a couple months ago and it was a tract I already had.
Still, finding that dog-eared copy of "Titanic" reminded me that I had a collection neatly stored away in postcard pages with a pretty cool book and club membership materials; So, I dug 'em out!
So, recently, I began entering my tract list into a database and looked up catalog and printing history codes in your book. There was one thing that I didn't see mentioned that I was curious about: Some tracts have their catalog numbers (like #042 for "Allah Had No Son" or #5005 for "The Big Deal") underlined on the back cover and some don't. And some variants of the same tract have underlining while others don't. Is there any significance in the underlining of the catalog numbers ?
Cheers!, Roman G. (Witchita, KS)
Honestly, I don't know the answer, but I can sniff around and see if I can find out. Did you see that this month, Chick is releasing his 250th tract? You have some catching up to do! (We just reprinted another one of his long, lost promos to celebrate the occasion.)
I can appreciate trying to locate Chick's tracts in the wild, and avoid overpaying for them on ebay. But if you're going to do that, may I suggest at least getting the new titles as they come out straight from Chick for 16 cents each. (Otherwise, you'll keep following further behind.) Another good place to look is any Christian Bookstore you encounter. They almost always have some older, out of print titles if they carry Chicks at all. And if they don't carry them, encourage them to get them. It's a great place to preview the merchandise.
I have read your book and would love a 2nd edition. Readership may be low for this hobby but everything has to start somewhere and if this ever takes off, you're going to be one of the main players. Your book is an amazing compilation of information and it is appreciated. I also collect western non-fiction magazines, True West, Wild West and a bunch of others no longer in publication. Talk about a lonely hobby, it's me and another collector in Oregon who may have every issue of every title ever published in the U.S. He wrote a greatly detailed book also, I may be the only guy who bought it. It's sad to think that, but we're hoping one day the hobby will take off. Probably after we're dead right? -John
A new Catholic rant against Chick demonstrates that some Catholics refuse the bury the hatchet... unless it's in Chick's skull! Check out this diatribe, the writer uses every trick in the book to demonize our beloved cartoonist, even calling his comics "born again pornography." He describes "My Name In The Vatican" as a "popular Chick tract." (Actually, it's been out of print for decades.) My favorite quote is, "Little is known about Chick outside of company propaganda. Some have even speculated that Jack Chick could be a pen name for a pool of writers pumping out the stuff." It gives a whole new meaning on the term, "mass hysteria." Haw-haw-haw!
Meanwhile, a fundy writes his third sermon/hit piece against Chick for not being more outspoken about "Once Saved, NOT Always Saved" in his tracts. No wonder Chick gets frustrated with is his so-called brothern. They turn on him over the slightest disagreement.
Thanks for updating your Chick tract museum, this is a great help when referencing tracts and I use it always. Since speaking to you last time, I've nearly completed my collection of Chick tracts at the same time spending a ton of $$ doing it. I'm sure you've seen some of the insane bidding wars on tracts that are not so uncommon, but sold for ridiculous amounts of money.
I'll say, the MISSIONARIES ARE FOOLS tract just sold for $660. We give that tract away free with the Chick Tract Club. But of course-- it's only a reprint. Still, compared to the even HIGHER prices of regular comics from the same time frame, older Chick tracts are still quite a deal!
If I order tracts from the website, do I go on an insane mailing list?
It depends on how you define "insane." If you mean insane like you, no, you will not be on such a list. If you mean insane like me, well, of course! I'll come knocking at your door 24/7 to explain all the tracts to you until you convert and become a human tract dispenser!
(Just kidding.) I believe you emailed me thinking we're part of Chick publications. We are not. We're just collectors who like collecting his tracts. We don't sell his tracts on a website, except the ones that are included for free with the purchase of the chick tract club.
We also have an e-newsletter (the Chickstalker) that goes out about once a year, but the readers are all blind copied so they don't know who else gets it. And if they want off the list, they just ask.
That reminds me, I need to contact Chick Publications and ask to be put back ON their insane mailing list. They send all sorts of cool things every 2 months for free, like copies of Battle Cry, a message from Jack Chick, and samples of the latest tract. But they'll dump you from the list if you don't order more stuff after six months. I bet if you asked them NOT to be put on the list, they would be glad to oblige.
I'm sorry, I can't remember all the acronyms. Can you remind me what it means?
OSAS = Once saved always saved.
Oh yes, I didn't know the initials, but I'm aware of the belief. Chick discontinued FOUR BROTHERS because of the infighting it caused among Christians since that tract contradicted OSAS. But I don't think saying Jesus "will never leave or forsake them" means anyone automatically gets into heaven no matter what crimes/ sins they commit after accepting Jesus. (My parents would not leave or forsake me either. However, if I murdered someone, they might pay for my lawyer, but I'd definitely be out of their inheritance!)
"The Four Brothers" was based on the "parable of the sower" with it's four different types of soil into which the Word of God (seed) is sown. And it's this same "parable of the sower" that's presented in three of the four gospels; Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Now, in both the original 1987 tract and the latter "Four Angels?" tract Jack Chick portrayed "Henry" as the soil that "received" the Word of God (seed) "unto salvation" the night of the revival, and then followed it up with "fear and trembling" (I don't want to go to Hell) by continuing to "work out his salvation" (grow the seed) throughout the rest of his life by producing the "fruit" that God had required of him.
So Henry was the very obvious representation of the "soil" that received the "seed" that produced the "fruit" according to God's plan. In other words, Henry got saved the night of the revival and he stayed that way until the Lord called him home.
And then there's the "soil" in the original 1987 tract that received the "seed" but did not continue on to produce the "fruit" required by God. And of course his name was "Bobby", and the following Scripture was that which Jack Chick chose to represent him in "The Four Brothers" tract:
(Mark 4:16 KJV) And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
That's the Scripture Jack Chick chose to work from in describing Bobby. However, if it would have been me, I would have used the following account presented in the gospel of Luke:
(Luke 8:6 KJV) And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
You see in the preceding account that's given in Luke, the Lord makes it perfectly clear that this type of soil "received the seed" and "believed unto salvation"... howbeit if only for a short time. And, of course, this was the case with Bobby who gave his life to the Lord during the revival ("I accept You, Lord") but later on took his life back in order to keep his job. In fact Bobby was well on his way to producing fruit through his witness at work... that is until the
So, in the original 1987 tract, Bobby was "once saved" but he didn't stay that way. Jack Chick presented the gospel truth without compromise in "The Four Brothers"... but of course this did not set well with the many assorted "Once Saved Always Saved" Baptist believers that he's associated with. And just like Bobby, Jack Chick put out the fires of Baptist persecution by pulling the tract.
However, some 19 years later, Jack Chick re-introduces "The Four Brothers" tract in a way that will satisfy his "Once Saved Always Saved" Baptist Brothers. You see he now calls it the "Four Angels?" and Bobby never gets saved so that Jack Chick doesn't have to present the gospel truth that "Once Saved NOT Always Saved".
Here's my sermonet on "Just One More." http://www.fmh-child.org/S6.1.14.html
Thanks for elaborating Bruce. I understand where you care coming from, but at the same time, I also see where Chick is coming from. He's choosing not to fight this particular battle when he can reuse an old tract without causing a brouhaha. And to be fair to him, he's alienated/ ministered to so many politically correct causes/groups (homosexuals, the Catholics, Muslims, etc.), that to condemn him for not fighting every single battle doesn't seem very generous. From what I can see (and you explained), he hasn't endorsed the other position, he has just avoided taking sides. I can understand why you would devote a web page to argue and condemn the belief, but I wouldn't take it to the point where I condemned Chick not taking a harder line (when he's taken so many others). He's running a business that's fighting an uphill battle in today's liberal "don't judge anyone" environment, and taking on the Vatican alone cost him million$ over the years. So in order to survive the war, he's avoiding certain battles.
Chick still agrees and advocates the vast majority of your beliefs more than most anyone else. He's devoted more time, money, and resources doing it than you or anyone else I know could, so that should count for something. I would think you'd be more prone to condemn those who are waging a cultural war against Christianity in general, rather than rip on allies over details. (Especially since your side is so small.)
But that's just my opinion, I won't be offended if you ignore it-- most people do! Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to explain it all as well as you did. -Kurt
With all due respect, it is abundantly obvious that you do not understand what it means to be a Christian ("Christ like" - an
Jack Chick's publishing company is not a business... it's a ministry! And everything that takes place within that ministry must be as the Lord directs. His "The Four Brothers" tract was what God instructed him to do... however, pulling the tract was not. Jack Chick compromised his walk. Jack Chick sinned against God! Jack Chick needs to repent and make things right. -Bruce
Actually Bruce, I do know what it's like to be Christian. In fact, I agree with you, that just "believing" won't get you into heaven, and that following Jesus means you must also try to follow his teachings. But you're mistaken when you say Chick Publications is not a business. Yes, it is also a ministry, but it is definitely a business, and it will close if it loses more money than it makes. If "everything" they did was based purely on Jesus, they would give all their products away and quickly go out of business. What you call "compromising his walk," I see as a common business sense to keep the doors open. As I mentioned before, he has already defied political correctness on a number of issues (gays, Catholics, Muslims, etc.) and it has cost him dearly, yet he did not back down. So my point was simply, if you can't cut Jack slack, who can you?
Can you name ONE other Christian who you agree with 100% who also runs a business that promotes Christianity? One that is at all successful? I'm going to go out on a limb and predict "no." Because if they are as uncompromising as you insist, then they would not remain in business very long.
I'm not saying you're wrong to point out any disagreements you have with Chick's tracts, because you are not bound by the same business restraints that he is. You don't have dozens of salaries to pay every other week, or millions of dollars in machinery to pay for, or a multi-million dollar LA area business property to pay taxes and a mortgage on. (Unlike a Church or regular ministry, Chick is NOT tax exempt.) All I'm saying is to keep those business realities in mind when you criticize and judge him. IMHO, it is amazing he has managed to stay in business as long as he has considering how little he has compromised overall.
The bi-month has passed and Jack still hasn't sent out a new Battle Cry (newsletter). I have always kinda' liked the Battle Cry items, especially since they add to the story of the latest tract.
But now its even worse, because with JtC turning 90, I wonder whether he is still even among us. Or is he too sick to keep up? (YAHHHHH!)
You seem to have some excellent communication-related trust from Jack. Can you
Hey Bill. Yes, he's still alive and drawing tracts, having just celebrated his 90th. (In fact, he's drawing extra ones for the eventual day he's called home. Let's hope that's a long way off!)
If you aren't getting Battlecry, try ordering something from Chick Publications. They purge the BC mailing list automatically after six months to only their current customers. Considering the cheap price of their tracts and all the free stuff we get (Battle Cry & all the tracts for free on-line), ordering something twice a year seems like an awfully fair deal!
I noticed you're missing something from your collection. I was standing outside of a Marilyn Manson concert with my friend and my girlfriend (now wife) in Jacksonville in 1997. I didn't give a sh*t about Marilyn Manson, but I couldn't resist a good circus:
I got a stack of OLD tracts from a creepy guy who was there with his whole family. I had to talk to him for almost half an hour while he slowly doled them out to me. Included in the stack was Ivan the Terrible, which became the crown jewel in my collection.
oh, I have it, it's a fave, too! That's a great story and fun link, though!
I first encountered Chick tracts circa 1973. I was seven years old at the time, and my older brother had begun what was to be a brief sojourn as a born-again Christian. The very first tract I saw was, indeed, "Somebody Goofed!" In order to drive its point home, someone (probably my brother) had helpfully colored-in the demon in the final panel. And so, when I flipped to the last page I encountered a bright red denizen of Hell telling me what would happen if I didn't accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
It scared the bejeezus out of me. But not into me, which I suppose was the intent.
Over the subsequent decades (I'm now 47) I encountered various Chick tracts in the usual locations: buses, grocery stores, libraries, pay phones and so on. While I was never swayed by their message, I could see the genuine appeal that these kinds of things would have to a certain audience. Hence why I was delighted when I happened upon your website.
Thanks George, delighted to know you enjoy the site. You may also want to join our facebook page.
THE ART OF JACK CHICK book. I wish to purchase but why can't I find it in the official Jack Chick website? What allegiance exactly do you have to chick comics? Please respond as I wish to purchase soon.
Regards, Shaun (England)
We are not Chick Publications... we are in Florida and Chick Publications is in California, all the way across the country. I maintain the Chick Tract Fan Club though, and wrote the latest book about Chick and his tract empire, a book he told me he "enjoyed." That being said, I do not take sides in the book about if Chick is right or wrong. I try to be unbiased overall, but as a collector of his work, I'm obviously a fan of his cartoons. Fundamentalists seem content with my neutrality (though some gripe), while some from the politically correct crowd object to the fact I do not condemn Chick's views. If you seek a book attacking the man or his views, you will be disappointed. If, however, you are comfortable with making up your own mind and not having the author tell you what to think, I believe you will be pleased. Chick Publications does not offer it because it is not a Gospel "soul winning" book, but instead, aimed towards collectors with a good sense of humor.
Thanks for the speedy reply. The information you have on John Todd. How accurate is it? Thanks again, Shaun.
If you are a John Todd supporter, you may not like the information in the book on Todd. It is extensive. Again, I do not judge whether what he says is correct or not, but his personal character has certainly fallen from grace. My sources are as accurate as news paper articles and state records-- which are cited in the book and are the basis of my information. In fact, the entire book is clearly cited throughout, so you can follow up on the sources of anything you find interesting or provocative.
I'm so glad I stumbled across your reviews before I ran out and bought an additional 50 chick tracts, once I read your oppinions and all the witty sarcasm you included while your bs radar was cranked up to full detection, I began to question my salvation. How could anyone fall for this world wide conspiracy of getting men to trust in the precious shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, it makes more sense that by just being a good person and trying super hard not to offend anyone we can make it to heaven all by ourselves. Thank you for exposing the real crook in this case, I think ill start attending mass every Sunday, confessing my dirty secrets, and giving as much money as I can so the good 'father' and our holy poop, oh I mean pope, can assure me ill only spend a certain amount of time in purgatory. (Which by the way is NEVER mentioned in the bible) but hey we are not supposed to read, just listen to the father and say a few hail marys, am I right brother? That awful Jack Chick should have been drug through the coals along time ago for bringing to light any misinformation in any religion. Hey i'd love to have you come to my house and preview every movie I'm about to watch, if you don't think its 100% true you can give it sarcastic praise and tell me your version of how it SHOULD go. Spoken like a true catholic. Thanks again bud, I enjoy reading criticism from assholes like you. - Ashley S.
Thanks for writing. It's enthusiastic feebback like yours that keep us from shutting down the site due to lack of interest and indifference. But seriously, we get it from both sides... Many liberals hate us because we're too sympathetic to Chick, while various fundys hate us because we're not respectful enough of his work. However, if you read more than just a handful of reviews, you'll see EVERYONE gets the same sarcastic treatment. Not because we have it in for any particular group, but because laughs are what we're striving for, and to exempt one side or the other from being the target would forfeit nearly half of the humor. So more fair to make fun of both extremes plus it's twice as entertaining (IMHO).
We're not here to preach, we let Chick and his tracts do that for themselves. It is true that there are a lot of Religion Haters who enjoy this site. Perhaps they think as you do, that we denigrate Chick's message. But there are just as many true Christians who enjoy our site as well, because they recognize we are not out to put Chick down, we actually love his comics, irregardless of whether we agree with all his religious views or not. Let's be honest-- comics are NOT high brow literature. They invite humorous reactions because they try to be humorous themselves. (That's why they call them comics!) So maybe if you snoop around the site some more, you'll realize we mean no one harm. You can still enjoy reading the reviews without losing your faith (as most visitors do.) If other readers become Satanists afterwards, look at the bright side: We did you and the Lord a favor by helping to separate the wheat from the chaff. After all, you sound pretty hard-core. Would you want heaven to be overcrowded with a bunch of half-hearted Christians? (I didn't think so. Haw-haw-haw!)
Your right. I'm sorry. I felt bad about my message all night. I'm glad to see you have a sense of humor, I just take salvation very seriously I guess because half of my family is not saved and I worry about where they will end up. I was not raised with any type of religion so I want to instill good values in my two children. While the chick tracts are very much over the top, and I find myself rolling my eyes sometimes, I appreciate the message he is trying to send. Thank you for writing back, you sound like a person I would get along with. I apologize for the A-hole comment.
That's A-o.k., Ashley!
I asked Chick.com why they stopped publishing Wounded Children and this what they answered: "That tract had some errors in it and Jack Chick decided that we were not going to have it printed any more." - Mike
That sounds about right. There are several tracts they've discontinued with no plans to reprint, like Lisa, Wounded Children, Hit Parade, Kings of The East, That Old Devil (just to name a few). Chick had included The Poor Revolutionist on that list, but changed his mind and printed is last year (probably because of some of the more controversial actions taken by President Obama). So you never know what can be added or subtracted to that list.
I received an anonymous letter in the mail, along with a Complete Catholic Mass and Daily Medications book. The hand written note read:
"To whom it may concern!
"After watch [sic] a few clips from the video that you sell (God's Cartoonist), I fear that you souls are at risk. I pray that what I have enclosed at the very least, will start the process of your withdraw from such extreme fringe paranoia."
It was signed "A Christian". Unfortunately, there was no return address to send an equally fun tract to.
Thanks for the kind words on the book. I have to say, I use it a lot too! (The ol' memory isn't what is used to be.) But I'm certainly glad others find it enjoyable or useful as well. I'd like to do a sequel to is sometime, when I have enough material to fill it. It takes a while to finish though-- my last book on old time radio horror shows took nearly two years to complete!
Just a quick question I was wondering if you know the answer to... I'm in the process of cataloging all my tracts, and am using the codes to identify "age" or rather "position" when it comes to variations within a kind... I know about the tract-no / print run (eg 01/A) and the tract-no date-of-print (eg 028 0104.1)
-James B (New Zealand)
I explained most the codes in the book, but I didn't mention these as they are even MORE confusing and I wasn't sure of them myself. So I contacted someone at Chick and they provided the following:
1. The first number is not necessarily the order in which the tract was written. It only indicates when the number was given to the tract, in the lower numbers. So 101 was given a number before 102. But 840 might be earlier than 101, being a completely different designation of number. They picked another number grouping for Spanish, German, French, Italian, etc. In comics, 118 may be The Enchanter, but 318 may be the Spanish Enchanter. Yet it doesn't tell you which was published first.
3. The remaining numbers are an esoteric system. But by and large, the earlier letters of the alphabet inside each hyphen are earlier … whatevers.
I hope this helps!
Dear Webmaster -
We're sorry to hear it, but thanks for alerting us, Adriane. Tommy had a funny sense of humor, and we know he enjoyed Chick tracts. So there's a better than average chance he converted back to being a Baptist seconds before his passing, adding yet another notch in Chick's Gunslinger handle of saved souls. Our condolences to his family.
Just thinking after visiting your site...
Interesting that you'd accuse a good organization like Life Messengers of "knocking off" Jack Chick's work!
I helped bring the first cartoon tracts by Ron Wheeler into the world in 1982 at American Tract, and they weren't a knock-off of anyone, at least not that Ron or I ever knew of. But your approach makes it sound like Jack's tracts and using cartooning are divinely inspired. Besides, even if some have used Jack's concepts (which I always thought were great), so what? Is it wrong for someone else to also do cartoon booklets to get their message across? If so, I'd like to think such folks were smart enough to know a good idea when they see one, and follow a leader.
As a publisher for the past 34 years, I've felt that being copied in concept is perhaps the greatest compliment! Of course, if LM has actually used Jack's copyrighted work, that's another issue altogether. I'd also like to think that Jack (whose work I've defended for many years against detractors) would prefer to take Paul's approach to preachers who were "knock-offs" of him--"Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice" (Philippians 1:15-18).
Onward and upward!
Thanks for visiting our site and taking the time to communicate your thoughts. However, you are mistaken if you think we are accusing other Gospel cartoon tract companies of stealing or misappropriating Chick's work. When we say "knock-off", we do not mean illegal counterfeits or anything improper, just imitations of the same basic concept. It's all fair game because religious tracts have been around for centuries. To my knowledge, however, Chick was the first to fill them with humorous cartoons. It was considered revolutionary by some, and even sacrilegious by others, since the Bible is supposed to be serious and cartoons are not. In fact, Chick's first "tracts" were more like 28 page mini comic (8 x 10") books. He sold them in Christian book stores but they were criticized as being controversial for using low-brow cartoons to evangelize. That was 1961. Within a couple of years, the fully illustrated cartoon booklets shunk to nearly half that size, and then into tiny 3 x 5" tracts we still see today.
Like you say, imitating the same technique of creating fully illustrated Gospel cartoon tracts is a compliment to Chick, not a put down. In fact, the reason we list those tracts on our site (which is a fan site and has no affiliation with Chick Publications) is because I personally enjoy and collect those other Gospel cartoon tracts a well. I assume many other collectors do, too. I have never seen any Gospel cartoon tracts dated before 1961 that are not from Chick, but if you have access to any, I would certainly appreciate getting my hands on some (or at least, copies). In fact, I would appreciate any cartoon tracts (or copies) that are not listed on our site, including Life's Messenger Tracts. Thanks again for writing and keep on tract'n!
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