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Johnny Hart was an award-winning cartoonist who is best known for his comic strip 'B.C.', about humorous life in the stone age which started its run in newspapers in February 1958. He worked on this comic strip up until the day he died in April 2007, AD.
Johnny Hart (1931-2007) was born and raised in Endicott, New York. Johnny created the comic strips, "B.C." and the "Wizard of Id". Launched in 1958, B.C. was written and drawn by Johnny. With the release of the Wizard of Id in 1964, drawn by cartoonist Brant Parker, Hart became one of only four cartoonists to have two comic strips appearing in over 1000 papers each. Johnny won numerous awards for his work, including the National Cartoonist Society's highest honor, the Reuben award, for B.C. in 1968 and the Wizard of Id in 1984.
Just received my copy and it is as uplifting as it is fun to read . The majority of the strips are in color , this does add to the visual appeal . All fans of daily comics know that BC was drawn by Johny Hart who passed to his reward just a short time ago . This collection of strips deals with the religious side of life and are humorous and thought provoking . Hart is only the second cartoonist to be publish in more than a thousand different papers and there is a reason for his popularity . His talent for drawing emotion with just a few lines of ink was a real gift . This book captures him at his best , don't miss the opportunity to get , read and laugh with him as shares some deep truths. God Bless .
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I grew up reading J. Hart's B.C. & The Wizard of Id. It is remarkable to me that this compilation of his Christian themed B.C. comics is so vast - and that it was all previously published in our daily newspapers with out the secular/athiest crowd not calling 'foul'.
The cartoons themselves are either gently funny or sentimental & moving, so you will not find a whole lot of out-right laughs here. But that is okay, with Mr. Hart's B.C. "Christian" comics all in one place we can all see how he rather methodically and quietly slipped his beliefs and message into the mainstream without much protest.
This book is a compilation of some of the late Johnny Hart's better known Christian-influenced comics when he was cartooning B.C. When Johnny Hart became a regenerated Christian, his comic strip took a noticeable change to incorporating a Christian witness - which is remarkable in and of itself because Brother Hart was a native of the Southern Tier of New York State, and not the Bible Belt of the Deep South.
Some of them are quite amusing and downright hilarious. Wiley's Dictionary doesn't leave much to the imagination in some cases, but if anyone has the ability to think in tangents, such words like in-sin-u-ate have a totally different meaning, especially with the reference to the Garden of Eden.
I was pleased to see them include the drawing where someone got a stain on their shirt. So the shirt was taken in the blood-stained river, washed out white, and that the source of the water was from Golgotha. That one was one of the more memorable drawings that Johnny Hart did.
However, I was a bit disappointed that they did not include the strip from September 9, 2001. I can't remember all the details, but I do remember that it was published in Stars & Stripes. Some character chiseled a message on a stone tablet that said something like (I'm paraphrasing here), "Here we have kicked God out of our schools and out of our society." He tossed it in the ocean and waited for a response from someone out there in the distance (like his character normally did). The reply was, "Way to go, Kid! Hell's going to have a party when you get here!" As coincidental as it was, two days later, it was 9/11. I will never forget the timing, and yet I wish that this clip was included in the book, given the significance of it and the historical events that followed soon thereafter.
Other than where I think they could have "improved", in my estimation, this book deserves a place in everyone's bookshelves. Five stars.
I always loved the B.C. comics as a kid, and my dad used to laugh out loud at Grog all the time. This little book is a nice trip back to those comics. The cartoons in the book are religious in nature, and most of the cartoons are in color. A refreshing chance to laugh a bit and think a lot!
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This is an atheist's review of this collection of religious themed cartoons from Johnny Hart's B.C. Even as an atheist I looked forward to Hart's Christmas and Easter religious themed strips. I think it is good to see an artist's beliefs come through his work no matter what they are. They certainly didn't persuade me as his God was always revealing himself in ways that never happen in real life.
The book is good mix of Hart's different types of strips. He loved word play and I find those to be the funniest. He was also fond of having Wiley just write a poignant message in a series of panels. The other type is where God sends down lightning bolts with a ZOT! or speaks in Old English font. Hart was also fond of including strips that were critical of the First Amendment adherence to a secular public school system. While the book says Hart became born-again in 1984 his strip always was of a world where evolution did not occur and seemed at times to be contemporaneous with Biblical times.
Not included are his two strips thought to be critical of Islam. One where the cartoon shows a caveman entering an outhouse at night, and then saying, from inside, "Is it just me, or does it stink in here?" and the other with a character asking "What makes a bite thats shaped like a crescent moon?" to which another character replies, "A lunatic." While Hart denied these as an insult against Islam they seemed to me like pretty clear slams. The book does include his Easter strip of the menorah turning into a cross which many Jews found insulting.
The book includes very brief biographical information and a story of his acceptance of Christianity. I would have liked to have had more to read about his views of the religious strips, and reaction to the criticism he faced.Read more ›