Jack Chick: 1924 – 2016

You have probably heard the news already. Jack Chick, about whose work we’ve often posted, has died. He was 92. Other than Wikipedia, which mentions the date of Chick’s death (23 October 2016), there are no reliable sources of news yet, but when we find some, we’ll mention them.

If you haven’t yet seen any of Chick’s comics, you can read them online using the links in this post: Creationist Comic Books. They’re classics — especially Big Daddy?

According to Wikipedia:

Chick’s views have been spread worldwide, mostly through the tracts and now online. His company, Chick Publications, says it has sold over 750 million tracts, comics tracts and comic books, videos, books, and posters designed to promote Evangelical Protestantism from a Christian fundamentalist perspective or point of view. They have been translated into more than 100 languages. As evidenced from his writings and publications, Chick is an Independent Baptist who followed a premillennial dispensationalist view of the end times. He is a believer in the King James Only movement, which posits that every English translation of the Bible more recent than 1611 promotes heresy or immorality.

Verily, a man with strong beliefs. We’ve been critical of Chick, but this is not the time for that, so we’re asking you, dear reader, to be moderate in your comments.

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27 responses to “Jack Chick: 1924 – 2016

  1. So, Chick died on October 23. Interesting. According to Archbishop Ussher, the first day of creation was October 23, 4004 BC.

  2. I’ll just provide a link for Fred Clark’s obit for Jack Chick.

  3. Neil – thanks – I have always appreciated the viewpoint of the Slacktivist.

  4. Is this the part where I’m supposed to be the “better person” and mourn his passing?

  5. “We’ve been critical of Chick, but this is not the time for that, so we’re asking you, dear reader, to be moderate in your comments.”

    Jack Chick hated Jews, Catholics, smart people, tolerant people, evolution accepters, gays, immigrants, and many, many others. He’d have smiled and laughed if he had heard about the death of someone like you, dear SC, or of the passing of anyone who reads your posts. Lord knows how many lives he ruined with his comics.

    The world will be a smidgen better without him.

  6. Just read @Neil Rickert’s link: LOL, D and D players and Rock ‘n’ Rollers, too!

  7. Mark Germano says: “He’d have smiled and laughed if he had heard about the death of someone like you, dear SC, or of the passing of anyone who reads your posts.”

    Perhaps. But we can be better than that.

  8. Wow, he really held on. 92? Am I a bad person for being glad he lived to see the legalization of gay marriage?

  9. SC stated: “We’ve been critical of Chick, but this is not the time for that, so we’re asking you, dear reader, to be moderate in your comments.” and “But we can be better than that.”
    Agreed. All negative comments should end at the toe tag. Condolences to the Chick family.

  10. I would point out that Wikipedia is not, of itself, a “reliable source” (and this is in fact official Wikipedia policy). However, when it follows its own rules (which unfortunately it does only on a patchy basis), it does site a reliable source for its facts — in this case the New Republic: https://newrepublic.com/minutes/138111/jack-chick-soul-winner-catholic-hater-dead

  11. He served 3 years in the Pacific theater in World War Two. If there is any substance in the idea of hell, he is likely to have seen quite enough of it, and I certainly wish him no more.

  12. Arrgh! A typo in my post at “Archbishop Usaher”. That should be “Ussher”.

    Thanks, Curmy.

    Oh — and imagine Chick’s surprise when St. Peter informs him that no intolerant, unrepentant bigots are allowed past the Pearly Gates. Poor Jack!
    And all these years he thought he was doing God’s work. He must have thought that the “Do unto others” part wasn’t all that important.

  13. Jack Chick may be gone forever, his tracks will stay with us.
    So I’m not sure if all negative comments should end at his toe tag.
    That said I only can say his death leaves me cold.

  14. I’m sure that if Mr. Chick’s faith has any validity, he doesn’t care now about any of this. After all, Ecclesiastes tells up that “the dead know not anything.” Not that he knew much while alive.

  15. That said I only can say his death leaves me cold.

    Well, if it’s any consolation, it leaves Chick cold too.

  16. While I don’t consider it a loss, like David Bowie earlier this year, he did provide entertainment. I especially like the Youtuber Morrakiu parody readings of Chick tracts. Chick tracts are essentially parodies of themselves.
    Obviously it is a money maker, so I’d expect them to stick around for a while. Jack Chick’s ghost writer/artist might even continue to knock one out once in a while.
    The synergy between Hovind and Jack Chick is interesting, with both of them using each other as a source.
    The sort of narrow fundamentalism is losing adherents, hopefully more people will see them as a laugh and not take them seriously at all.

  17. The best I can do here by way of compassion is: Jack Chick didn’t create the toxic doctrines of fear and bigotry he espoused, he was in fact a victim of them. And — as for any victim of mental illness, no matter how vile the symptoms thereof — one can still find a touch of sympathy for his family.

  18. Megalonyx says: “And — as for any victim of mental illness, no matter how vile the symptoms thereof — one can still find a touch of sympathy for his family.”

    Olivia says, somewhat reluctantly, that yes, she has a bit of sympathy for your family.

  19. I’ll miss Big Daddy. Chick was one of a kind. He was true to himself right to the end.

  20. Holding the Line in Florida

    Has the Hamster responded? I am sure he is heartbroken! But then again, I am sure he is rejoicing that another saved soul is now singing songs with Jesus!

  21. I think Jack Chick did more to drive people away from fundamentalist christianity than Dawkins could ever hope to accomplish.

    In that regard, I don’t agree with the Slacktivist; those christians who actually radicalised after reading his bunk were probably a few cans short of a sixpack in the first place.

  22. Draken, you might be right. The ideal tract would be one that makes the typical Catholic or liberal protestant start asking a few questions. Ideally this would be done with tact and subtlety. Chick tracts are very much in your face with fundie theology. They represent the prejudices and beliefs of a fully formed fundie. This is one reason they are so amusing to the rest of us and not effective at all.

  23. Does anybody remember the old Professor Poopfossil cartoon? I saw it once as a kid. I killed a minute trying to Google it, got nothing. Could Jack Chick go that way too?

  24. Techreseller

    Like the old joke, I am not prejudiced. I hate everybody.