I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips

I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B.C. Religious Comic Strips

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by Johnny Hart
     
 

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A side-splitting collection of comic strips from one of the most popular cartoonists in history!

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id.  When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith.  Johnny passed

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A side-splitting collection of comic strips from one of the most popular cartoonists in history!

Legendary cartoonist, Johnny Hart, created two of the most popular comic strips in history: B.C. and Wizard of Id.  When he became a Christian in 1984, Johnny turned his trademark wit and humor to matters of faith.  Johnny passed away the day before Easter 2007 while at his drawing board.  “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” says his wife, Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

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ISBN-13:
9781418554880
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
05/04/2009
Sold by:
THOMAS NELSON
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
222,186
File size:
22 MB
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I Did It His Way

A Collection of B.C. Religious Comic Strips
By Johnny Hart

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2009 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4041-8739-9


Chapter One

"About The Beginning"

1950s, New York State.

Sitting at a desk in the art department of General Electric, a young man scribbles down an idea before returning to his work. By day, he is a dutiful employee, by night, a freelance cartoonist ...

Johnny Hart had always been artistic, but he never considered that his idle sketches and clever jokes might lead to a legitimate career. Some might call it fate, others, Providence, but something led him to spend his life bringing laughter into the world.

Intrigued by the whimsical and informal style of the Peanuts comic he saw in the local paper every day, Johnny set out to create his own strip. He looked to the simple life of the prehistoric caveman for his inspiration, and soon the characters that were destined for fame began to emerge.

There was B.C. himself, a humble, naïve slob; Wiley, a superstitious poet with an aversion to water and a passion for sports; Cute Chick, the first pretty woman in a world that had not yet discovered objectivity; Curls, a master of sarcastic wit; Peter, a self-styled genius and the world's first philosophical failure; Clumsy Carp, a friendly, unassuming, narrow-minded klutz with an interest in ichthyology; Fat Broad, a gal with blunt honesty and an unswerving devotion to the domination of men; Thor, an inventor, artist, and self-proclaimed ladies' man; and Grog, a real caveman's caveman.

After signing with The New York Herald Tribune for syndication, B.C. made its debut on February 17, 1958. The world of cartoons, and the twenty-seven-year-old Johnny, would never be the same. Johnny went on to become one of four cartoonists in history to have two comic strips picked up by over 1000 papers.

Over the years, B.C. has charmed audiences of all ages and walks of life. When Johnny became a Christian in 1984, he was called to put his art to work for the Lord. His new-found faith began to appear in his comics, varying from light-hearted comedy to moving and thought-provoking content. Today, his family would like to share these inspirational strips as a tribute to Johnny's God-given talent and ever-lasting grace.

THE BIRTH OF A COMIC STRIP

One day, as he was on his way to the dentist's office, Johnny spied an old barn beside the road. Between the windows of the barn hung a little sign, which read, "To be continued."

Johnny often said that some ideas came to him so fast he had to scramble to write them down, while others took long hours of struggle. His family would laugh, saying, "I guess the devil really doesn't want you to do that one."

"To be continued" was one of the ones that came easily. It was published on April 20, 2003.

A LETTER TO GOD

In 1989, Johnny wrote a full week about the Cute Chick writing a letter to God despite Fat Broad's disbelief.

SOMETIMES CONTROVERSIAL

One of the most controversial B.C. strips that Johnny ever produced appeared on Sunday, April 15, 2001.

The power of the images he used made some believe that he was portraying the replacement of Judaism with Christianity, but Johnny was simply honoring two important holidays-Passover, represented by the menorah, and Easter, represented by the cross. The real thinking behind the strip was that Christianity is rooted in Judaism.

As Johnny explained, "I noticed one day that the center section of the menorah bore the shape of a cross. I wanted everyone to see the cross in the menorah. It was a revelation to me, one that tied God's chosen people to their spiritual next of kin-the disciples of the risen Christ. This was a holy week for both Christians and Jews alike, and my intent, as always, was to pay tribute to both."

Of the resulting hype, Johnny's wife, Bobby said, "When John began doing religious strips we knew there would be controversy. All he really wanted was for his readers to enjoy his work, look up Scriptures, maybe get a few laughs, and tell others about the message he prayed they would receive. Johnny never wrote a strip with the intention of offending anyone. That simply wasn't his nature."

JOHNNY'S FINAL STRIP

Sunday comics are written and produced approximately six weeks before their publication. On Easter Sunday 2007, the day after Johnny Hart passed away, this piece was printed. Ironically, it was the last inspirational B.C. comic strip he ever created.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Johnny Hart was an award-winning author 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.

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I Did It His Way: A Collection of Classic B. C. Religious Comic Strips 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
yooby2 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, thought provoking comic. I miss the days when Johnny Hart had a strip in the daily newspaper. One problem though, the book will not open in Adobe Digital Editions on my computer. It does work fine on my nook but the pages won't enlarge and i had a hard time reading some of them. I would have liked to view them larger on my computer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book i have ever read very clean and ima beliver so this was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an AWESOME book. It's a collection of BC comics - but the religious ones - and you laugh and think while reading it. I'm buying a copy for my brother and my parents. Makes a great gift for any BC fan or Christian home!
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Couldn't resist reading Johnny's work before giving it as a 40th anniversary gift to a very special couple. So refreshing in this climate of anti-everything good and noble.
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