If it's crap ... We'll tell you
You wouldn't know it to talk to me now but way back when I was just a wee Leon, I was quite a God-fearing, Charlie Church of a kid. I mean why not when every Sunday your parents took you to a place where for two hours everyone talked and sang songs about a guy with super powers. I don't think I ever questioned any of what I was told until I saw the original BEDAZZLED (1966) one late night on television, and even then not much. It wasn't until I was a teenager and read one of the Jack Chick comics I found on the floor of a Hall & Oates concert that the whole thing began to unravel.
Jack Chick's "Chick Tracts" are all written with the single goal of converting the reader to the most literal, conservative and fundamentalist brand of Christianity possible via sequential art and scare tactics. I would dare say these comics (that I continued to find dropped in odd places, mostly public restrooms) scare the be-Jesus out of me, because of how extreme, hypocritical and unintentionally hilarious the philosophies they espouse are.
Where as some of the comics are straight retelling of stories from the bible (usually with beautifully drawn artwork), the more memorable stories are full of paranoia against Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Dungeons & Dragons, Halloween, rock music and pretty much anything that wasn't begging Jesus to come into your heart. Even the idea of just being a good person was spit upon.
But as I said, what was scary to me as a little kid (and kicked off the ultimate WTF? question) provides me with way too much enjoyment as an adult. I now possess a sizable collection of these comics (you can still buy almost a whole set for dirt cheap here) and while my all-time favorite is "Holy Joe", running also in the Top 5 is "The Sissy":
~Duke thought Jesus was a sissy, until a trucker explained to him the horrible price Jesus paid so his sins could be forgiven. Then Duke saw that Jesus had more guts than anyone who ever lived.
The reason I'm revisiting these comics is because just yesterday I discovered that Chick publications has begun giving them the "Pixar treatment". That is, producing their own 3D computer animated adaptations of the stories.
I've run some of the original cartoon along the side so you can read all of it's goodness for yourself →
(to can read the whole thing click here)...OR you can skip right on to the main feature below.
Are they any good? Hell no.
Are they awesomely entertaining in all the wrong ways? Oh, HELL YES!!!!!