STORIES ABOUT ODDBALLS AND OUTCASTS OF SOCIETY
Chick was born in Boyle Heights, Ca. in 1924. For years he was what you wouldn't consider religious and his first choice of vocation was Drama. After serving in WWII as a Private, Chick returned to California to work on a Production at the Pasadena Playhouse where he met his wife, Lola Priddle, a Canadian immigrant.
It was Lola who introduced chick to Christianity. While listening to Charles E. fuller Radio hour, Chick had his meeting with Jesus.
Little else is known of Chick's personal life, except he had a daughter and it was in 1960 he self-published his first comic book, Why no revival? Also there is no photographs of Chick, which leads to some to believe he is a pen name for different artists and writers.
These comic books are small digest sized and they were popular with Fundamental Christian Churches, the books were also left in phone booths, restaurants, and of course airports or public restrooms.
The content mostly deals with Christian view of the world and tons of conspiracy theories, such as blaming the Catholic Church for the Holocaust and introducing young people to Rock n Roll. Exorcism was also the subject of one of books.
In spite of the material or message of one of his books, it is the artwork that draws people to his books, including Daniele Clowes. There is even websites and collectors clubs dedicated to him. The mind-blowing thing about Chick is he has been able to self publish these books on his own since 1960. I'm not endorsing the man's views, but he is definitely an outcast in which he has never floundered on those views no matter how fashion or political views change. His art remained consistently on par with some of the best cartoonist over the years.