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Posted 27th January 2010 at 07:50 PM by Sam@Cult Labs




Chick comics are a revelation, but not in the way the authors of these fascinating but morally dubious comic book tracts would probably envisage.

Founded by fundamentalist Protestant Jack T. Chick, Chick Publications specialise in a particularly odious Right Wing brand of Christian Evangelism.

I've been a fan for years, ever since the local troop of street preachers handed them out with zeal to the Heavy Metal kids hanging out in the local town centre. What amazed me about them was the mix of hard line 'Fire & Brimstone' rhetoric and blind hate. Mix this with an often crude art style, then check out the jaw dropping form in the back of each pamphlet, which, while resembling the kind of thing you'd see in a kids comic when you wanted to join the Whizzer & Chips fan club, was in fact a solemn prayer to God, asking him to come into your heart, right there in the street. There was even a tick box in some of them, to indicate you had given yourself to the Lord.

The other joy of a classic Chick comic is that they remain in print from the moment of initial publication and endure unchanged regardless of societal changes. Once Jack has said his piece on a topic, it carved in stone like the tablets of the Ten Commandments.

I urge anyone to seek out the vintage classic "The Gay Blade" for the most marked example of this phenomenon.

Clearly written as the human rights movement saw Homosexuals asserting themselves politically, with the events occurring after the Stonewall riots, and socially, as alternative lifestyles gained more tolerance and Bath Houses and Discotheques sprang up across Manhattan, it's portrayal of Gay people as far out transvestite hippies who are enacting a global conspiracy to turn the whole world queer is pure vintage Chick and an excellent introduction to this wonderful world of spiteful propaganda.

While thinking about Chick comics today, I did an idle search and was overjoyed to see that you can now embed Chick books on blogs. Now at last I can share my all time favourite with the world.

riffs on the classic TV format as an average, flawed man is shown his life on a giant cinema screen while God glows sternly and dooms him to burn forever in the fiery lake of Hell.

After suffering a fatal heart attack, illustrated brilliantly with the mans pipe flying from his mouth as Death lurks ominously in the background, the poor lost soul is taken to meet God by an angel, where his most embarrassing moments are screened while he offers feeble apologies to the Creator for telling the odd mucky story, or, Heavens Above, looking at a girls behind, following the programming that his benevolent judge built into his DNA in the first place.

Our pathetic hero whispered rumours and he was disobedient to his parents. I know right? this guy deserves to fry!

After looking in a big book where his name doesn't appear, it's off to the burning lake forever. They give this booklet to young children.

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