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The Unofficial Guide to the Art of Jack T. Chick: Chick Tracts, Crusader Comics, & Battle Cry Newspapers

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Combining a witty text with 580 dynamic images, this book plunges readers into the fascinating world of cartoonist Jack T. Chick. In over 40 years, Chick has produced over half a billion small religious pamphlets filled with comic book art and dire warnings against all in society the author deems unholy known as Chick tracts, along with comic books and newspapers, all desi Combining a witty text with 580 dynamic images, this book plunges readers into the fascinating world of cartoonist Jack T. Chick. In over 40 years, Chick has produced over half a billion small religious pamphlets filled with comic book art and dire warnings against all in society the author deems unholy known as Chick tracts, along with comic books and newspapers, all designed to scare hell out of his readers. The photos display common and rare images from Chick's 170 titles, including both eye-catching cover art and startling interior pages; a fair and balanced text explores the substance of Chick's zealous and/or inflamatory work, in which no group is spared a judgmental examination. A history of Jack T. Chick and his fire and brimstone tracts reveals other graphic artists who have worked with Chick and lists resources available to collectors of their work. Chick literature is reviewed and valued. This book is a must for comic book fans, everyone interested in graphic arts, and anyone who has been exposed to even a single Chick tract.


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Combining a witty text with 580 dynamic images, this book plunges readers into the fascinating world of cartoonist Jack T. Chick. In over 40 years, Chick has produced over half a billion small religious pamphlets filled with comic book art and dire warnings against all in society the author deems unholy known as Chick tracts, along with comic books and newspapers, all desi Combining a witty text with 580 dynamic images, this book plunges readers into the fascinating world of cartoonist Jack T. Chick. In over 40 years, Chick has produced over half a billion small religious pamphlets filled with comic book art and dire warnings against all in society the author deems unholy known as Chick tracts, along with comic books and newspapers, all designed to scare hell out of his readers. The photos display common and rare images from Chick's 170 titles, including both eye-catching cover art and startling interior pages; a fair and balanced text explores the substance of Chick's zealous and/or inflamatory work, in which no group is spared a judgmental examination. A history of Jack T. Chick and his fire and brimstone tracts reveals other graphic artists who have worked with Chick and lists resources available to collectors of their work. Chick literature is reviewed and valued. This book is a must for comic book fans, everyone interested in graphic arts, and anyone who has been exposed to even a single Chick tract.

45 review for The Unofficial Guide to the Art of Jack T. Chick: Chick Tracts, Crusader Comics, & Battle Cry Newspapers

  1. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    Jack Chick himself was a lunatic with some really messed up beliefs - I will never forget he strip he did where the child became infected with herpes because her parents pimped her out because they needed the money, and Dad raped her as well, and then the strip ended with the parents finding Jesus and getting away with these crimes scot-free. Even the doctor who the dad confesses the abuse to doesn't contact the police. Plenty of Chick's other tracts end similarly, with the main characters findin Jack Chick himself was a lunatic with some really messed up beliefs - I will never forget he strip he did where the child became infected with herpes because her parents pimped her out because they needed the money, and Dad raped her as well, and then the strip ended with the parents finding Jesus and getting away with these crimes scot-free. Even the doctor who the dad confesses the abuse to doesn't contact the police. Plenty of Chick's other tracts end similarly, with the main characters finding Jesus and praying to him and having their sins absolved. This collection is a fascinating view into Christianity done wrong, and should only be read for the lulz, or as a psychology study into the mind of a religios fanatic, or better yet, a combination of both, and it is under both of these lenses that I give this book 4 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David

    If you grew up in Baptist circles, you likely grew up with Chick Tracts, those hundreds of different 22-page comic booklets that reduce all of Christendom to hell avoidance. Author Kurt Kuersteiner is hands down the foremost authority on the late Jack Chick (who died in 2016 at the age of 92). Chick spent his life building the most influential underground comic series of all time, printing over 800 million tracts in over 100 languages. Each tract is a stand-alone story that rallied for various f If you grew up in Baptist circles, you likely grew up with Chick Tracts, those hundreds of different 22-page comic booklets that reduce all of Christendom to hell avoidance. Author Kurt Kuersteiner is hands down the foremost authority on the late Jack Chick (who died in 2016 at the age of 92). Chick spent his life building the most influential underground comic series of all time, printing over 800 million tracts in over 100 languages. Each tract is a stand-alone story that rallied for various fundamentalist pet topics such as exposing the evils of evolution, catholicism, homosexuality, and satanism (Halloween, Harry Potter, TV shows like Bewitched, etc.), and each concludes with a call for the reader to recite the sinner's prayer. The "Art of Jack T. Chick" is an oversized book with lots of small print so it took me quite a while to get through it all. It includes: - LOTS of chick artwork - Reasons to collect chick tracts - Summaries of every tract along with estimated collector values - Backstories of the scammers in Jack's life with their strange evangelical conspiracy theories that deeply influenced Jack's comics - The author's backstage tour of Chick Publications (where Kuersteiner was like a kid in a candy shop) Jack Chick was apparently a very gentle and private man, and only a handful of Jack photographs exist. But Jack's defining feature was his total obsession with hell. By promoting hell to be the central message, it becomes an infinity in the Christianity equation, canceling out all the other terms. Such an end can justify any and all means. The Inquisitions publicly burned people alive, demonstrating their belief in hell to onlookers, and by it, the authority that they and God wielded. The clear, but unspoken message is that you can forget about love and truth, it's might that makes right, so get with the program. In Chick's comics, hell takes the theological center stage, granting Chick the authority to press his various theological positions and social commentaries as he goes about his evangelizing. Jack was distressed when he didn't receive hate mail, since that implied he was doing something wrong, for "Christ didn't come to bring peace, but a sword" (p161). Through television and movies, audiences have become desensitized to horrific imagery over the last 40 years. But from reading posts online, it's clear that these comics left a lasting impression on Generation X/Y Baptist kids during their formative years. Here's an example from a 90s tract "No Fear?": https://www.chick.com/images/tracts/0... https://www.chick.com/images/tracts/0... Sometimes at the final judgement, the comics show the damned pleading their case, but God simply tells the person that they threw away the Chick Tract that could have saved them. In "SCREAM!" (2002), the comic shows a person burning alive but miraculously survives. In the burn ward, a friend describes how much worse the hell that Jesus created (John 1:3) could be for him. The tract ends with a warning to the reader: "You've read the story. You can't squirm out of this. You've got no excuse now!". Anyway, Kuersteiner has clearly dedicated a large portion of his life to the study of Chick and sharing his love for collecting the comics. This book is a reasonable purchase for those who want to revisit their childhood indoctrination with adult understanding, or for those who have randomly encountered Chick tracts in public transportation, bathrooms, hospitals, etc. and are just curious to learn more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josef Ploski

    I read this book cover to cover and as a Christian I found it an interesting and contemplative read. Yes, I had been exposed to Mr. Chick's work decades ago, but had forgotten about those frightening comics and images found within them, until I found this book at my library. I think subconsciously, the tracts I had seen at a young age effected me so that my own desire for salvation is not one of running to to a God of love, but away from a God of Wrath's punishment. Most all of JTC's work is base I read this book cover to cover and as a Christian I found it an interesting and contemplative read. Yes, I had been exposed to Mr. Chick's work decades ago, but had forgotten about those frightening comics and images found within them, until I found this book at my library. I think subconsciously, the tracts I had seen at a young age effected me so that my own desire for salvation is not one of running to to a God of love, but away from a God of Wrath's punishment. Most all of JTC's work is based on fear of Hell, but it is said Jesus spoke about Hell, Wrath, and Judgement more than any other topic. I just in fact finished reading the parable of the 10 virgins and the bridegroom the night before finishing this book. In the old days of Charles Spurgeon all we seemed to hear from the pulpit was fire and brimstone and now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction of only preach about Love and acceptance. I would recommend this book for preachers, teachers and laypeople. Especially those who like me are searching for this God of Love and only can find a God of judgement and wrath. This book would also be a good tool to understand the mindset of people like me and how to understand them in a biblical counseling enviornment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    A wonderfuk book about the evangelist cartoonist,

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Holy frijoles, where to even start with this one? Have you ever been on the train or on a bus and found one of those tiny comics that relate tales of horrible things happening to people as they either fall in line or end up in the Lake of Fire depending upon whether or not they accept Christ as their personal savior? Well if you have, it's a safe bet that the comic in question is the handiwork of Jack T.Chick, an Evangelist of incredible and indomitable conviction who has devoted decades to writi Holy frijoles, where to even start with this one? Have you ever been on the train or on a bus and found one of those tiny comics that relate tales of horrible things happening to people as they either fall in line or end up in the Lake of Fire depending upon whether or not they accept Christ as their personal savior? Well if you have, it's a safe bet that the comic in question is the handiwork of Jack T.Chick, an Evangelist of incredible and indomitable conviction who has devoted decades to writing and sometimes drawing these comics — commonly referred to as "tracts" — designed to win souls for the Lord. Chick tracts are by no means heavy literature and more often than not veer waaaaaay into laughable territory thanks to Chick's over-the-top point of view and wildly paranoid and largely irrational conspiracy theories, but there are many things about them that even irreverent, bound-for-the-Lake-of-Fire heathens like myself find absolutely priceless. I'm certainly not on the same theological page as Chick and take great offense at what he has to say on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, but I just can't get mad at the guy in the same way I find myself ready to draw and quarter the majority of other evangelicals out there who knowingly prey upon the fears and insecurities of their flocks, fleecing them for all the cash they can get. Unlike those fucksticks, I genuinely believe that Chick is sincere in his intent, no matter how wrong-headed I may find much of what he says, and to order one of his tracts costs a mere fourteen cents, so I'd say whoever buys one of them is getting more than their money's worth in terms of entertainment and the possibility of being "saved" while reading. THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE ART OF JACK T. CHICK is about the most comprehensive overview of Chick's world and mission that one could ever hope for, and it has the added bonus of being written by a British convert to Chick-style Christianity who has a well-developed sense of humor that allows him to appreciate Chick tracts for the same reasons that I do, namely their in-your-face luridness, willful and smug ignoring of documented facts and simple logic, unintentionally hilarious dialogue and plots, some involving the horrors of domestic violence, multiple examples of shameless homos on the loose (one of which featuring what looks like Pazuzu from THE EXORCIST hanging around in the background, just behind a horny monk chasing a young boy down the street), fantasy role-playing games, child molestation and incest (with more random homos thrown in for extra offensiveness), drugs and booze, rock music, promiscuity, both straight and gay, that inevitably leads straight to full-blown AIDS, prison rape (that also leads straight to full-blown AIDS), personal appearances by Satan himself, and watching BEWITCHED (which we are informed is Satan's favorite TV show), each showcasing art that varies between childishly simplistic (drawn by Chick himself) to some of the finest art ever to grace a comics page (the truly incredible work of Fred Carter), hilarious ruminations on the Catholic church and several tracts that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Chick is not an anti-Semite as one might prejudicially expect. Chick believes that since the Bible clearly states that the Jews are God's chosen people, that must absolutely be the case, so it's a good idea not to fuck with them (which doesn't stop Chick from throwing in appeals for the Jews to embrace Christ anyway on the final page of each of his Jew-related tracts)! The book covers the history of Chick Publications and its trials and tribulations (of which there were many, including the open disapproval of the Catholic church and death threats from gays) in exhaustive detail, and there's not a boring sentence in all of its 224 pages. Along with the epic story of Chick's personal struggles and unwitting duping by some of his so-called collaborators (yeah, I'm talking about you, John Wayne Todd, Alberto Romero Rivera and Rebecca Brown!) who turned out to be con-men, sex-offenders or delusional liars, we're also treated to a visit to Chick Publications itself and perhaps the book's strongest draw, an often hilarious and very comprehensive synopsis and critical assessment of every Chick tract ever issued, totaling a whopping 170! In other words, THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE ART OF JACK T. CHICK is not only a steal at its $29.95 in-store cover price (or $22.76 on Amazon, but it's currently out of stock), it's a must have for both the reverent and the irreverent and I recommend it most heartily.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Kurt is THE undeniable authority when it comes to the mind-boggling intricacies of collecting, and making sense of the innumerable varieties of, Chick Tracts. His research, and fiendish devotion, have made the previously-unsurveyable landscape of all that is Chick decipherable and comprehensible. No matter if you are a curious dabbler, or a hard-core collecting fanatic, this book holds something for everybody. A nice touch is that Kurt allows his wit to shine through on the various synopses maki Kurt is THE undeniable authority when it comes to the mind-boggling intricacies of collecting, and making sense of the innumerable varieties of, Chick Tracts. His research, and fiendish devotion, have made the previously-unsurveyable landscape of all that is Chick decipherable and comprehensible. No matter if you are a curious dabbler, or a hard-core collecting fanatic, this book holds something for everybody. A nice touch is that Kurt allows his wit to shine through on the various synopses making them often more fun to read than the tracts herself. Keep it up MonsterWax! This is one of those very rare must-have bibles in its respective arena of collecting. Bravo!

  7. 5 out of 5

    R.

    Woot!! Here's the latest Chick tract, trading in on the vampire craze: http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1... Woot!! Here's the latest Chick tract, trading in on the vampire craze: http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ash Ponders

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