In case you missed it: One of the most widely read comics artists (well, maybe) of all time died on Sunday. That man was Jack Chick, the crazy Evangelical Christian best known for “Chick Tracts.” Chick’s company claims to have printed over 800 million of the preachy comics, which warned the world of sin, Satanism, vast unholy conspiracies, and general impending fiery doom for all non-believers. Chick was more or less anti-everything: anti-Catholic, anti-Mormon, anti-Muslim, anti-Mason, anti-rock ‘n roll, anti-gay, anti-evolution, anti-science, anti-Dungeons & Dragons, anti-Harry Potter, anti-Stewie, anti-Walking Dead, and anti-Halloween. His works may have contributed to the so-called “Satanic panic” of the ’80s and ’90s.
What was the true effect of Chick’s works—the many Chick Tracts and Crusader comics he produced in his long career? Do people take them seriously? We’ve only ever known them as an object of ridicule on the Internet, but perhaps our view is skewed. After all, we are card-carrying Satanists spreading our dark master’s wickedness. Duh.
Below are a couple of Chick’s more famous attacks on all that is fun and Fundamentally evil. Let this be a lesson to all you foolish children who think Halloween and D&D are harmless amusements. Satan is indoctrinating you! This isn’t a game! It’s all trick… and no treat! Sheesh.
Here’s another memorable one, about the dangers of occult recruitment through Dungeons & Dragons: