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Johnny Hart to Appear B.C. [a liberal analysis of "Religion among the Funnies"]
The Comics Journal ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | R.C. Harvey

Posted on 10/29/2013 10:06:13 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

Dying of a stroke on April 7, 2007, Johnny Hart, creator of the caveman comic strip B.C., could not have arranged a departure with more evocative symbolism. He died with his boots on, so to speak—at his drawing board, like the dedicated brandisher of pencil and pen he was. But he wasn’t at his drawing board because he was chained to it, like most of his brethren, by the perpetual deadlines of the syndicated cartoonist.

[SNIP]

Hart was in his studio by choice, not servitude. The studio’s atrium—30 feet high, the walls richly paneled—is filled with incidental amusements, two pool tables, a piano and set of drums, a bar and exercise equipment, but its most engaging feature is a panoramic picture window overlooking Hart’s 25-acre lake on his 250-acre estate.

[SNIP]

Another reason for saying that April 7 was symbolic is that it was a Saturday, the day before Easter, and if Hart had to pick the day of his death, he might well have chosen that day in the Christian calendar. Holy Saturday, which he usually called “kick-butt Saturday,” is the day before the annual remembrance of the Resurrection, and Hart fully expected to be resurrected.

A “re-committed” fundamentalist Christian who taught Sunday School every week in the little Presbyterian church in the nearby New York town of Ninevah, Hart frequently delivered sermons in his comic strip. Said Maxwell: “Hart believes the Lord put him into the cartooning world for a reason. Every prudent chance he gets, he takes advantage of it. On Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter—and many days between—Hart’s characters offer messages reflecting the cartoonist’s own firm belief in the gospel message. ‘I find myself trying to put the gospel into practically every strip I create without being obvious about it,’ he says.”

(Excerpt) Read more at tcj.com ...


TOPICS: Humor; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: bc; hart; johnnyhart; presbyterian
Dying of a stroke on April 7, 2007, Johnny Hart, creator of the caveman comic strip B.C., could not have arranged a departure with more evocative symbolism. He died with his boots on, so to speak -- at his drawing board, like the dedicated brandisher of pencil and pen he was.... Another reason for saying that April 7 was symbolic is that it was a Saturday, the day before Easter, and if Hart had to pick the day of his death, he might well have chosen that day in the Christian calendar. Holy Saturday, which he usually called “kick-butt Saturday,” is the day before the annual remembrance of the Resurrection, and Hart fully expected to be resurrected.

A “re-committed” fundamentalist Christian who taught Sunday School every week in the little Presbyterian church in the nearby New York town of Ninevah, Hart frequently delivered sermons in his comic strip....

Later in the article, Hart is quoted as saying “I know it sounds like I know all the answers...I do. This is the truth. What purpose would I serve if I had the answer to the mystery of life only I did not tell it for the sake of what other people believe?” The meat of the 5000+ word article is a discussion of the role of religion in the funny papers, and the tone can be summed up by the author's assertion that "Hart’s certitude is disturbing. Certainty in any arena of human affairs is a dubious attribute. Certainty breeds intolerance...." Despite the tone, IMO the article is worth reading for fans of Hart, the comic strip B.C., or religion in the arts in general.

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1 posted on 10/29/2013 10:06:13 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Johnny Hart was a great guy, and a great man...He gave a ton to this community...


2 posted on 10/29/2013 10:08:43 AM PDT by Shady (It is called LIBERTY...Freedom linked to Responsibility. Any questions?)
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To: Alex Murphy

Certainty can breed competence, success and excellence.


3 posted on 10/29/2013 10:08:48 AM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Shady

That he did.


4 posted on 10/29/2013 10:11:54 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Certainty in any arena of human affairs is a dubious attribute. Certainty breeds intolerance

Many Roman Catholics have issues with our assurance of Salvation as well.

5 posted on 10/29/2013 10:17:26 AM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Alex Murphy
The inventor of "Zot"?


6 posted on 10/29/2013 10:26:42 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ( "I was all for Obamacare, until I found out I was paying for it." - California Girl)
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To: Shady

May he rest in peace


7 posted on 10/29/2013 10:26:44 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Alex Murphy
The history of "Zot".

"It so happens that the way I did it the first time was using a screen shot from Caddyshack, where the pastor gets hit by a lightning bolt. Being a bit of a fan of the comic strip "B.C." I captioned the photo with the lightning bolt sound that Johnny Hart used in his strip- ZOT! That is where the term Zot originated."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1686991/posts?q=1&;page=21

Post #38.

8 posted on 10/29/2013 10:32:01 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ( "I was all for Obamacare, until I found out I was paying for it." - California Girl)
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To: zot; Interesting Times

Your origin revealed; or at least one version.


9 posted on 10/29/2013 10:37:39 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Alex Murphy

You know who else exhibits certitude and does so falsely? Leftists.


10 posted on 10/29/2013 10:38:12 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Alex Murphy

My favorite cartoonist.

BC made me actually laugh out loud. Not many today can boast of that. His sense of humor was spot on.

I just bought a whole bunch of his earlier books on ebay. Sitting reading them is a very enjoyable pastime. I become a kid again.


11 posted on 10/29/2013 10:55:37 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Uncle Miltie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zotz!


12 posted on 10/29/2013 10:56:54 AM PDT by pabianice (LINE)
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To: Gamecock

“Certainty in any arena of human affairs is a dubious attribute. Certainty breeds intolerance”

This explains the intolerance of our demoncrat left, they are absolutely certain about so many things. (global warming, ObamaCare, abortion, etc. etc.)


13 posted on 10/29/2013 10:57:51 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Uncle Miltie
The history of "Zot".
"It so happens that the way I did it the first time was using a screen shot from Caddyshack, where the pastor gets hit by a lightning bolt. Being a bit of a fan of the comic strip "B.C." I captioned the photo with the lightning bolt sound that Johnny Hart used in his strip- ZOT! That is where the term Zot originated.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1686991/posts?q=1&;page=21

Post #38.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1686991/posts?page=38#38
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14 posted on 10/29/2013 11:01:21 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Johnny Hart seams to have influenced a lot of people, I wonder if the cartoon also had a influence in the title of the movie Zotz!.


15 posted on 10/29/2013 11:04:25 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Enraging Muslims since 2003 (give or take 1300 years)

16 posted on 10/29/2013 11:11:28 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Dr.Deth

His best comic ever!


17 posted on 10/29/2013 11:27:49 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Dr.Deth

Ho-ho-ho! What a hoot! Thanks - I’d forgotten that one.


18 posted on 10/29/2013 12:08:53 PM PDT by Montana_Sam (Truth lives.)
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To: Alex Murphy
I admired Johnny Hart very much.

When he passed, I was moved to write a limerick in his memory, which I sent to his family.

I was thrilled to receive a thank you not from them, expressing their appreciation.

There once was a cartoonist named Hart
For the Gospel he did his small part
And he proved it’s not a rumor
That God has a sense of humor
Picking Easter for Johnny to depart

April 8, 2007

19 posted on 10/29/2013 12:24:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Alex Murphy

Lib newspapers hated his pro-Christian Sunday cartoons and often they would not print one.

I loved his take on Halloween.


20 posted on 10/29/2013 12:28:12 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Shady; ifinnegan; b4its2late; Gamecock; Uncle Miltie; Viennacon; GreyFriar; GeronL; Beowulf9; ...
From Wikipedia:
Hart was memorialized in a May 14, 2007 strip of the comic strip Mother Goose & Grimm. In the June 20, 2007 Blondie strip, the last panel shows Mr. Dithers saying, "Boy oh boy, that Johnny Hart sure knew his stuff, didn't he?" Bruce Tinsley honored Hart in his Mallard Fillmore strip of July 10, 2007.



21 posted on 10/29/2013 12:36:17 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Thank you.


22 posted on 10/29/2013 12:37:36 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Alex Murphy

Very nice.


23 posted on 10/29/2013 1:25:36 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Viennacon

I am sure that he is.


24 posted on 10/29/2013 1:43:25 PM PDT by Jemian (I do my best editing just after I hit the "post" button.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Really always appreciated B.C. comics around Christmas and Easter.


25 posted on 10/29/2013 3:32:46 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Yes, I took my screen name from the sound lightning makes in the BC comic strip. Johnny Hart did a lot of good with his Christian testimony. May he rest in peace.


26 posted on 10/29/2013 4:46:31 PM PDT by zot
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To: Alex Murphy

Your finding and posting this, I sure appreciate.


27 posted on 10/30/2013 2:16:37 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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