Jack Thomas Chick (April 13, 1924 – October 23, 2016) was an American cartoonist and publisher, best known for his evangelical fundamentalist Christian “Chick tracts”, which presented his perspective on a variety of issues through sequential-art morality plays.
Many of Chick’s views were controversial, as he accused Roman Catholics, Freemasons, Muslims, Jews and many other groups of murder and conspiracies. His comics have been described by Robert Ito, in Los Angeles magazine, as “equal parts hate literature and fire-and-brimstone sermonizing”.
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 designed to promote Evangelical Protestantism from a Christian fundamentalist perspective. They 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 1611 promotes heresy or immorality.
This guy made my life as a child miserable. My family and the pastor of their church both took Chick’s beliefs as truth. They spread the terrifying messages in Chick’s tracts to children, vividly describing the tortures that hell had in store. This was reiterated (for myself) in the Christian school I had to attend, as was corporal punishment. He is dead now, but if I ever ran into him whem he was alive, I would knock him out.