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Johnny Hart, R.I.P.

Posted on 2007.04.09 at 09:55
Current Mood: sadsad
I went to check out B. C. yesterday, to see if Hart was going to do one of his weirdo Christian easter strips; he did, this one barely intelligible. But I also read that he died on Saturday, having a stroke at his drawing board. This made me sad. I always liked that strip, and its cousin, The Wizard of Id. When I was little, and learning to read, my Mom would often buy me paperback collections of those strips to encourage me to spend my time just reading things, and to enjoy books. It worked.
As mentioned above, in his later years, Hart began to incorporate Christian themes into the strip, including some pretty old-fashioned anti-Jewish (although not anti-Semitic) ideas, such as this supercessionist strip from 2001.

Still, his work brought me happiness over the years, and most of the time I appreciated his sense of humor. He will be missed.


suzermagoozer at 2007-04-09 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
what is the precise difference between anti Jewish and anti Semetic...?
theservant at 2007-04-09 14:10 (UTC) (Link)
Well, at least the way I was using it is that anti-Jewish would be a disagreement or disparagement of the religion, but not necessarily of all Jewish people or of the culture as a whole.
metalclarinet at 2007-04-09 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
When I was in high school a paperback B.C. collection materialized in my parents basement. I think it must have arrived in a box of baseball cards being discarded (so to speak) by some friends of my parents. Lets say 1966.

I didn't know what it was or pay an attention at first. However, my best friend found it and informed me that it was very in -- lots of humor about beatniks and such, but recast in the stone age.

So I read the book. I remember having some trouble because the characters had names and often talked about each other, but it wasn't easy to figure out which character went with which name. I am still not clear on how many characters are in the strip and all their names. Which one is Thor?

Only once do I recall thinking that one of his religious strips was interesting.

I do think it fair to believe that Christianity evolved from Judaism circa 2000 years ago. Of course, so did modern Judaism. I remember devoting about 2 seconds to the original strip and concluding that it was another 'message' strip that wouldn't contain a chuckle. So I skipped it.

Suppose you reversed the panels in the strip and had the Cross grow into a Menorah. What would that mean -- that Christianity was missing something? I wouldn't have cared about that, either.

And mostly I didn't care for the poetry that that showed up occasionally.
miz_tuffet at 2007-04-09 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sad about Johnny Hart's passing, too.. I also had B.C. comic paperback books when I was younger.. he's an institution. Glad someone else feels the same way :)
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