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but one whose passing is unlikely to engender anything like the heartfelt tribute of other recent losses as his work was... well "Extreme" is understating it

Jack T Chick, creator of the infamous Chick Tracts, has died at the age of 92.

I was unaware of this mans career until I heard about it on scans_daily many years ago now.

He was a human being, and he had a family who will, I presume, be mourning him, so I will not speak ill of him as a person.

I WILL note that he was a man whose work was motivated by a powerful combination of paranoia and religious radicalism. He disliked, amongst other things; Roman Catholics (who he blamed for being behind Islam, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Holocaust, Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, both World Wars, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, and the assassinations of both Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.) , and he was apparenrlt even less fond of Muslims, Jews... oh, and Freemasons... and witchcraft (and anything which suggested the supernatural was not the work of Satan himself, so Harry Potter was right out).. and  that darn heavy metal music and, let us never forget Dungeons and Dragons..

I suspect he would not have been a fan of scans_daily either, something which fills me with a no small sense of satisfaction.

Here is a small. but timely, example from a tract about the perils of Halloween.

Sounds like a good time to me, though anyone dancing naked in late October in my part of Britain would have frostbite at the very best

That is several shades of drivel, of course (not least because no one in the UK carved pumpkins until sometime in the 1980's. Before then we carved turnips... 

The REALLY frightening thing is how prevalent the Chick Tracts are/were. Now if you wish to reacquaint yourself with one of the more... viciously eccentric comic creators of the past century, then they cans till be found over at his website, www.chick.com, though i would not personally recommend you sign up for their newsletter.


Date: 2016-10-24 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] remial
I'm still mad that he published that comic that alerted my parents to the fact that my D&D books taught me mind control spells that allowed me to bet my parents to buy me more D&D books...


Date: 2016-10-25 02:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] featheredserpent
After several decades of playing, you'd think I would've leveled up enough to cast that spell by now, but nooooo...

Date: 2016-10-25 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] remial
apparently it is only in the VERY first printings of the first edition books

Date: 2016-10-24 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
Oh, on the early internet his works were passed around so freely for merry mockery and parodying. And occasionally for, by some strange, strange, people, being earnestly believed. I'll say this for him, some of the parodies were brilliant. I preferred the Cthulhu one "Who will be eaten first" and the Lord of the Rings spoof one (that I can no longer find online, sorry).

Ah, memories. Welp, I guess he'll be finding out in person how right he was I hope it is something like this:

Date: 2016-10-24 11:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alicemacher
Huh. He's really gone. I hope, [personal profile] icon_uk, you don't mind my having linked to a verifiable source; it's just that since Chick was so notoriously reclusive, rarely granting interviews and nearly never allowing himself to be photographed for public consumption, a good many rumours have spread about him over the decades (e.g. that "Jack T. Chick" was merely a pseudonym for several creators).

Welp. I'm not going to celebrate his death, because as you say he was a human being, but I'm not going to mourn his passing either. He did however unintentionally provide us with some crack, alongside the hatred, and now there'll be no more of that from him. Well, there's always the creationist nonsense category on PalaeoFail.

Date: 2016-10-24 11:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ozaline
Sorry to hear he passed, I wonder how happy he was when he saw evil everywhere.

I find chick(and other) religious tracks lying around quite often I end up throwing a few of them away every week at work. And on my way to FCBD this year I came across one so it was my first free comic of the day, set the bar low it did.

Date: 2016-10-24 11:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
Those are some solemnly unsettling children, but nothing will beat Bobby from that end times one.

Date: 2016-10-24 11:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Can't say I'm sorry. We gleefully mocked his work as ridiculous and absurd, nothing but a joke, but too many people took it bloody seriously and followed those directions in real life. Given the number of kids who committed suicide as a result of Conversion Therapy, it's a good thing a person who preached that stuff can't continue doing harm.

Heck, he was bad even by televangelists standards. At least they don't preach that it's okay if a father raped his baby daughter because he found Jesus in the end so it's all fine and dandy.

Date: 2016-10-25 12:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] freezer
Chick did have a worrying tendency to end his stories with "I repented seconds before my death, so I'm saved, even though I did so more out of fear of Hell than remorse for my actions" didn't he?

Date: 2016-10-25 04:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
Sadly the company that created his comics still exists and is still churning out the damnable things.

Date: 2016-10-25 12:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] freezer
I would recommend The Bible Reloaded on YouTube, if you want to experience Chick Tracts Rifftrax-style.

I'd also recommend them as an atheist/"skeptic" channel, as they're the only such channel I've discovered that isn't mostly "RELIGiON IZ DUM" or uses atheism as an excuse to spout Libertarian gibberish. </tangent>

Date: 2016-10-25 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
Huh, so he was a real person.

Date: 2016-10-25 12:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] veleda_k
Ironically, Buffy would later learn that to defend herself against demons and vampires, she needed not Jesus, but a solid wooden stake and a good one liner.

"I felt a great disturbance in the force.....

Date: 2016-10-25 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] 7dialsmystery
..... as if millions of cheapskates suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

People gave these things out in lieu of tips at restuarants on Sundays after Church. That's how I became acquainted with them. For all the wrong reasons, they made me ardently desire that Heaven and Hell were real places....well, maybe just Hell.

Date: 2016-10-25 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
I've known of his works for years, but the first (and so far only) time I've seen his tracts in physical form was ~5 years ago, when I was still working at the Hill Library at NCSU. Someone had scattered several throughout the building -- in the stacks, in study areas, even in the adjoining ice cream parlor -- and I collected as many as I could. Not sure what I did with them; they're probably still packed in a box somewhere.

Also, I've seen the film adaptation of one of Chick's more (in)famous tracts -- Dark Dungeons (the anti-D&D one) -- and it is exactly as over-the-top as I'd expected/hoped.

Date: 2016-10-25 01:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
Not a fan of the guy but not going to celebrate his death either.

Date: 2016-10-25 02:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
There is no fucking way pumpkins could have been carved by pre-Christian Iron Age Britons. Because the only pumpkins in the world at the time were an ocean away in the Americas.

Date: 2016-10-25 04:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dcbanacek
If you're going to bring FACTS into a Chick Tract, we're going to be here all day. :)

Date: 2016-10-25 04:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
The comics were either the most seriously over the top fundamentalist propaganda ever created or the slyest of subversive comedy.

The fact they could be take either way depending on the audience was part of their charm.

Date: 2016-10-25 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] onsokumaru
If I believed in after life, I would smile at the idea of Chick and Dillon finding themselves in the same file, in front of heaven's gates.


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