Jack Chick was working day and night trying to provide for his family. He had 2 jobs, drawing sales flyers for Astro-Science and cartoons for a local newspaper.
Working from his kitchen table in his "free time", he wrote Why No Revival. It was a large format measuring 10 inches wide. He had not started a publishing company yet so he worked from home as time permitted.
A Demon's Nightmare was Jack's first story written in tract form. It measured slightly smaller at 8 inches wide. Jack was inspired to write this when his heart was broken for a group of teenagers who appeared aimless and lost without the Jesus he knew.
The Last Call came out in 1963. Jack was running his fledgling company all by himself. He was invited to present the gospel to a group of inmates at a prison camp in the mountains above Azusa, California. Jack presented the gospel in "flip chart" format. Eleven prisoners attended chapel that night. When he finished, nine of them got saved! So, Jack published the story as his fourth book, naming it This Was Your Life. To this day, it is Jack's most popular title and the one most widely translated.
Jack was writing and paying for the tract publishing himself. While thinking about what to name his company, his printer, John Boewe, showed up with the tracts and said, "Here. I've already printed the tracts. You're Chick Publications!" So, the printer named the company, not Jack!
Soon orders were coming in. Jack needed a partner to help —a Christian partner. He was working for Lockheed and heard about another Christian working there named George. Jack gave him a tract and George liked it. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. They moved the business part from Jack's kitchen table to George's garage, and Jack went back to drawing more tracts.
Jack's printer, John Boewe, had set up a high speed printing press to print a smaller tract called, The Four Spiritual Laws for another company. John told Jack if he could reformat the tracts to the smaller size and use just 24 pages, they could save a lot of money and make tracts that would easily fit in a shirt pocket. Jack did, and after the first advertisement, sales suddenly exploded!
The start of Fisherman's Club. Soul winners who signed up would receive 100 Chick tracts each month.
Right away, they needed a staff to handle all the orders and more space than George's garage. So, they rented a small industrial suite in Pomona, California.
Operation Somebody Cares is launched. Jack's research showed that if a church returned to a neighborhood several times with a different tract each week, more people were willing to listen to the gospel and consider attending the church.
Fred Carter joins the Chick family and begins illustrating some of Jack's stories.
Evolution poster first published. Jack recognized early that the lie of evolution was the foundation of many other of Satan's deceptions. One of Fred Carter's first projects was this exposure of Evolution. It was based on the centerfold of the tract, Big Daddy.
Jack publishes his very first Crusaders comic book, entitled Operation Bucharest. The Crusaders were the result of a desire to give young people godly heroes. It also became a platform to educate on the dangers of the cults, including Roman Catholicism.
George had been thinking ahead and figured out how they could get their own printing press. So they did and enabled Chick Publications to better control the cost of the tracts as an independent publisher.
About 100 million tracts sold since inception. By 2018 this figure had grown to over 900 million.
The first comic book about former Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera, is published. The ex-Jesuit priest confirmed Jack's belief that Roman Catholicism is not biblical. Jack felt strongly that God wanted Chick Publications to be one of the few voices raised against this age-old idolatry.
The first issue of "Battle Cry" is published. It was intended to encourage soul winning and expand on subjects covered briefly in the tracts. This was originally a full-sized newspaper but later was reduced in size. It is still sent free to all who place a recent order for tracts.
Missionaries who learned of the tracts requested translations for their mission fields. Chick Publications agreed to do the art work for free if the missionary would furnish a quality translation and buy the first 10,000-tract press run. This provided an inventory of tracts for other missionaries working in that field as well as for immigrants to the US and other countries.
The company's website, www.chick.com, is launched. God provided a top-notch technical staff able to utilize the efficiencies of the digital world. This helped keep the booklet tracts affordable.
Chick Publications sells its 500 millionth tract.
Jack had been praying about someone who could help him research topics for the tracts. In August, 2000, Jack hired David W. Daniels to be his tract writing partner. David learned Jack's style of using an engaging story to drive home the truth of the gospel.
Jack publishes his 150th tract entitled, The Big Deal.
Jack releases his first gospel film, The Light of the World, made from over 360 oil paintings done by Fred Carter. As video technology grew, Jack longed to use it for the gospel. This 78-minute film fulfilled his dream. He used his own money to pay for the soundtrack, composed by John Campbell.
Many of those who use Chick tracts have sent money asking us to provide tracts to missionaries. So, we started a Mission Fund in 2004 to provide tracts, free of charge, to missionaries all over the world. As of 2018, Christians like you have provided over 20 million tracts for missionaries in 60+ countries through the Chick Mission Fund.
If you'd like to learn more about how you can help, please visit our Mission Fund information page.
At first, we were skeptical about creating our own YouTube channel because we weren't sure what content to upload and if anyone would care enough to watch! Well, more than a decade later, we've been able to reach thousands of people with messages on soul-winning, Bible versions, false religions, Halloween witnessing ideas, even information about our founder, Jack Chick. As of 2018, we've reached over 2 million views and 12k subscribers to our channel.
Many have written to tell how this series has strengthened their faith. They are beginning to see that they can hold a Bible in their hands in which they have absolute confidence that they have the words of God. No more contradictions or uncertainty. This has been faith-building for many!
Author David W. Daniels had a passion to alert Christians to the changes that were being made by Bible publishers. So he wrote Look What's Missing to highlight some of the most important verses that have been removed by modern Bible publishers.
Have you checked to see what's missing from YOUR Bible?
For years, we westled with which Spanish Bible version we should use in our tracts for Spanish-speaking people because we found problems with all of them.
Until 2010, no Spanish Bible was free from corrupted Alexandrian texts. But that all changed with the release of the Reina Valera Gómez 2010 Bible... the only Spanish Bible that follows the Received Text in every single verse.
After years of work, the Reina Valera Gómez (RVG) Bible is finally available. A true, "Textus Receptus" Bible, the RVG has been proofread and refined by Spanish-speaking Christians in 13 countries.
In 2007, Steve West called Chick Publications with an idea, and a vision. He asked for permission to make video animations of Chick tracts, using software currently available. His vision was to deliver these gospel messages to a generation that is reading less and less. He hoped to have them translated and make something that would help missionaries spread the Gospel.
Our customers know that cartoon gospel tracts are the best way to introduce a non-believer to the Gospel. Likewise, the Gospel of John and Romans is the best way to introduce a non-believer to the Bible.
We created pocket-sized John and Romans booklets to make sharing God's Word so easy!
On October 23rd, 2016, Jack T. Chick is called home. "Well done, good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
David W. Daniels, after 16 years of working with and being trained by Jack Chick, continues to write new tracts with the help of Jack's long-time friend and illustrator, Fred Carter.