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Jack Chick (April 13, 1924 – October 23, 2016) was an American cartoonist, publisher, and conspiracy theorist, best known for his fundamentalist Christian "Chick tracts."

In them he expressed his perspective on a variety of issues through sequential-art morality plays.

Some of his tracts asserted that Roman Catholics, Freemasons, Muslims, and many other groups might be involved with murder and various conspiracies. Chick's views have been spread mostly through the tracts and, more recently, online.

His company, Chick Publications, says it has sold over 750 million tracts, comics tracts and comic books, videos, books, and posters. They are all designed to promote Evangelical Protestantism from a Christian fundamentalist perspective, and have been translated into more than 100 languages.

Chick was an Independent Baptist who followed a premillennial dispensationalist view of the End Times. He was a believer in the King James Only movement, which posits that every English translation of the Bible more recent than the year 1611 promotes heresy or immorality.


Chick was born in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, California and later moved with his family to Alhambra. There Chick was active in the high school drama club.

According to Chick, he was not religious in high school. After graduation, he continued his drama education at the Pasadena Playhouse School of Theater on a two-year scholarship.

In February 1943, during World War II, Chick was drafted as a private into the U.S. Army. He served for three years in the Pacific theater, serving in New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines, and Japan working in cryptography.

Although he did not see combat, "almost all" of the fellow servicemen he befriended were killed in action, and many of them engaged in activities such as visiting brothels. Chick credited his time overseas for inspiring him to translate his tracts into many different languages and said that he had "a special burden for missions and missionaries."

After the war, he returned to the Pasadena Playhouse, where he met his future wife while working on a production there. Lola Lynn Priddle (1926–1998), a Canadian immigrant, came from a very religious family, and Chick has said that she was "instrumental in his salvation."

Priddle and her parents introduced Chick to the Charles E. Fuller radio show The Old-Fashioned Revival Hour, and Chick said that he was converted while listening to an episode of this show.

Chick and Priddle married in 1948. They had one child, a daughter named Carol, who died in 2001 from surgery complications. In February 1998, Priddle died. The widower Chick remarried, to an Asian woman named Susie.

In a 2005 issue of his company's newsletter, Battle Cry, Chick reported that he had a life-threatening health emergency sometime between 2003 and 2005.

He said, "My flu turned into pneumonia, my blood sugar dropped to 20 (I am diabetic)... I was going into a coma. My wife called 911 and while they were on the way, I had a heart attack. A day or so later I had to undergo a triple bypass."

Chick had limited personal contact with the public; he gave only one known professional interview after 1975. The lack of available public information about him created some speculation that he was a pen name for unnamed authors.

Chick died in his sleep at age 92. His body was discovered on the evening of October 23, 2016, in his home at Alhambra, California. The interment was private.

But now let's go back... back to the start of the art...


From 1953 to 1955, Chick drew a single-panel cartoon, whose text was written by P. S. Clayton, titled Times Have Changed? It thematically resembled the B.C. comic strip and The Flintstones animated cartoon, but predated both. These were syndicated by the Mirror Enterprises Co. in Los Angeles area newspapers.

After converting to Christianity, Chick wanted to evangelize others, but he was too shy to talk to people directly about religion. Chick heard from missionary Bob Hammond, who had broadcast in Asia on the Voice of America, that the Chinese Communist Party had gained significant influence among ordinary Chinese in the 1950s through the distribution of small comic books.

Chick also began working with a prison ministry and created a flip chart of illustrations to use with his presentation. He hit upon the idea of creating witnessing tracts, which could be given to people directly or indirectly.

While working for the AstroScience Corporation (a maker of tape recorders and avionics for the U.S. government) in El Monte, California, he self-published his first tract, Why No Revival? in 1960. He paid for it with a loan from his credit union.

He published his second tract, A Demon's Nightmare, in 1962. He decided to create more tracts and began "using his kitchen table as an office and art studio." Christian bookstores were reluctant to accept the tracts, but they were popular among missionaries and churches.

He officially established Chick Publications in 1970 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Initially, Chick wrote and illustrated all of the comics himself.

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But in 1972 he hired another artist to illustrate many of the tracts. This was Fred Carter, who illustrated tracts anonymously until 1980, when he was identified in an issue of Chick's newsletter Battle Cry.

Carter also produced the oil paintings seen in The Light of the World, a film Chick produced that related the Christian gospel.

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This Was Your Life! is a Chick tract that was translated in over 100 languages. Chick Publications described it as its most popular title - his "masterwork," if you will.

Chick Publications also released about 25 full-color "Chick comics" since its founding. They are full-size comic books, and most were first published between 1974 and 1985.

The first 11 form the Crusader comics series, which follows the stories of two fundamentalist Christians and addresses topics such as the occult, Bible prophecy, and the theory of evolution.

Chick Publications also distributes "Chick tracts," small comic tracts with religious messages. Most of these can be viewed in their entirety on the company's website.

As we mentioned, he most popular Chick tract was "This Was Your Life!" It has been translated into around 100 languages, and many other tracts are available in widely spoken languages such as Arabic, German, Spanish, and Tagalog.

(Several of Chick's tracts have even been translated into less widely-spoken languages as Blue Hmong, Huichol, Ngiemboon, Tshiluba, and the constructed language of Esperanto.)

Wiccan author Kerr Cuhulain has described Chick and his theories as being "anti-feminist" and "anti-Pagan," noting that a Chick Publications comic book was the source of a Rapid City, South Dakota police detective's presentation on the history of Satanism given in 1989, and describes him as "easily the least reputable source of reliable information on religious groups."

Six of Jack Chick's comics feature Alberto Rivera specifically: Alberto, Double Cross, The Godfathers, The Force, Four Horsemen, and The Prophet. Rivera was an anti-Catholic religious activist who claimed to have been a Jesuit priest before becoming a Fundamentalist Protestant. Rivera was the source of many of the conspiracy theories about the Vatican and the Jesuits espoused by Chick.

Catholic Answers has called Chick "savagely anti-Catholic," and describes his statements about the Catholic Church as "bizarre" and "often grotesque in their arguments," and called for the tracts to be pulled from the market and corrected. But of course that never took place, thanks to freedom of speech.

In the early 1980s, Chick's stance on Catholicism led some Christian bookstores to stop stocking his tracts, however, and he withdrew from the Christian Booksellers Association after the association considered expelling him.

Christianity Today described Chick as an example of "the world of ordinary, nonlearned evangelicals," for whom "atavistic anti-Catholicism remains as colorful and unmistakable as ever."

Michael Ian Borer, a sociology professor of Furman University at the time, showed Chick's strong anti-Catholic themes in a 2007 American Sociological Association presentation and in a peer-reviewed article the following year in Religion And American Culture.

Chick responded to these accusations by saying that he was opposed to the Roman Catholic Church as a sociopolitical organization, but not to its individual members.

In his "Roman Catholicism FAQ," Chick said he began publishing his theories about the Catholic Church because "he loves Catholics and wants them to be saved through faith in Jesus."

In the wake of Jack Chick's death, a biography, You Don't Know Jack: The Authorized Biography of Christian Cartoonist Jack T. Chick by David W. Daniels, was published by Chick Publications in 2017.

In addition to his life story, the book also contains a number of previously unpublished photographs of Chick.

Main Chick-related Website: chick.com
















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