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There’s a New World Coming by Hal Lindsey and Al Hartley (Spire Christian Comics, 1974)





Ten years Before Jack Chick’s Dark Dungeons, there was Hal Lindsey and Spire Christian Comics. Lindsey, who I mentioned briefly here, started a Christian ministry at UCLA in 1970 to target members of the hippie community. That same year he published The Late, Great Planet Earth, a bestselling smash that fit the global ills of the day into end times prophecy—this was 25 years before the Left Behind series debuted, mind you. The irony is that Lindsey used the same formula—simple, unassuming prose presenting provocative, faith-based ideas—made popular by Erich Von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods (1968) and other occult-related popular literature of the era.

The comic is based on the book of the same name, also published in 1974. I found the pages above at one of my favorite blogs, Garage Sale Finds, where you can and must read the whole comic. “The Great Snatch!!!” refers to the Rapture, for those not hip to the Jesus, and that’s not the last uncomfortably unwitting sexual innuendo in the book by a long shot. The comic is meant specifically to deter hippies from stuff that hippies like—there are a number of references and panels condemning drugs, as well as “free love,” all things occult, and, for some reason, martinis. But the comic also presents being “saved” during the Rapture as the most awesomely psychedelic event in the history of the universe.

My favorite bit describes the “bodily resurrection of the dead,” when we’re told that it doesn’t matter how messed up or decayed the dead body is: “even if it was chewed up by a man-eating shark—Christ puts it all together again.” How very specific! All in all, it’s just a real pleasure watching these beautifully-dressed white folks getting sucked up into the swirling, rainbow-streaked sky and chatting matter-of-factly about the whole thing. Sucks to be the guy swallowed in hell fire, I guess, but you can’t win ’em all.

Oh, and here‘s that kick-ass Larry Norman song.

Boys Reading Comic Books (1970, 1973)

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Miamicon, December, 1970. (Photo: The Miami Herald)

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January 20, 1973. (Photo: Unknown)

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From Wikipedia:

The Cross and the Switchblade is a book written in 1962 by pastor David Wilkerson with John and Elizabeth Sherrill. It tells the true story of Wilkerson’s first five years in New York City, where he ministered to disillusioned youth, encouraging them to turn away from the drugs and gang violence they were involved with. The book became a best seller, with more than 15 million copies distributed in over 30 languages.

The comic book adaptation came out in 1972. I’m not so sure even one of the good pastor’s thousand pieces would be able to say I love you, but it’s the thought that counts.

(Images via Seattle Washington Archive/eBay and The Haunted Closet)




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