THE PICTURE above is from the final panel of a Chick comic titled Moving On Up! It’s about the fate of a little boy named Tyler, who was raised by his godless mother to believe that we evolved from goo. Tyler was told: “Our religion is called evolution.” In the end, Tyler suffers the fate he deserves — in Jack Chick’s universe.
You may not have heard of Jack Chick, but there’s little doubt that the anti-evolution crusader with whom you’re debating has been affected by at least one of Chick’s comics. According to the Wikipedia article, Chick Publications “…claims to have sold over 750 million comic-style tracts, known as Chick tracts, comic books, videos, books, and posters …” Therefore, you’ve certainly encountered the impact of Chick’s material, even if you weren’t aware of it. It’s quite possible that Chick and his comics are currently the world’s principal source of misinformation about evolution — and science generally.
If you have the time, you can review dozens of Chick comics here: Chick Cartoon Tracts: Over 700 Million Sold. Chick comics are devoted to more than evolution. Among other topics, you can find comics about Catholicism, Islam, Masonry, witchcraft, etc. Of particular relevance to evolution are these:
In The Beginning, followed by There Go The Dinosaurs, and you must see the very influential Big Daddy? Here’s another one about teaching evolution: Apes, Lies and Ms. Henn.
Chick didn’t originate his anti-science nonsense, but he’s quite likely the most successful popularizer of such ideas. When you’ve familiarized yourself with some of Chick’s material, you’ll begin to recognize his errors and distortions when they are recited by supporters of anti-science legislation and school board policies.
You’ve already observed Chick’s influence, many times, but now you know the source.