Comics on Catholic Saints and other Catholic Heroes
This page covers a large collection of old comics, mostly Catholic you can view on line for free, some of the current Catholic comics, and older ones you maybe able to get. You can also read my web page on Bible comics by Protestants from a Catholic view point, and another web page on sophisticated long comics, called graphic novels, which support the Christian faith. There is also a Comics for Catholics index page, a page with successful letters which convinced librarians to add comic book Bibles and a page on getting Catholic and Christian comics, books, and other media into public libraries.
Lots of Free Old Catholic Comics on the Internet
Treasure Chest 1946-1972Treasure Chest of Fact and Fun was a series of Catholic Comics that came out about 20 times a year. Each comic had between thirty and fourty pages. The comic ran from 1946 to 1972. The whole collection is now available from the Internet Archive and Catholic University of America.
You can access Treasure Chest through the Catholic University of America. They have all the issues in order, but they seem to load slowly. At any rate here is the link to Treasure Chest at Catholic University.
Alternatively you can go straight to the Internet Archive. The difficulty is the volumes are out of order. After the two summer volumes is volume one, volume 2 and 3 are on the second page, and volumes 4 through 9 are on the third page. All other volumes are in order. You can access the whole series of Treasure Chest here.
You can also find the earlier Treasure Chest comics, from 1946 to 1963 at Comic Book Plus which has a huge collection of old comics that are in the public domain. These comics are free and legal as are the other comic books on Comic Book Plus and or course the comics linked to on this page. Click here for the link to this collection of Treasure Chest of Fact and Fun. You may find that Comic Book Plus is easier to use and better organized. You may want to read the collection up to 1963 on Comic Book Plus and then read the later ones on the above mentioned sites.
Furthermore Comic Books Plus has other Catholic Comics that the Internet Archive does not. You can read a 28 comics ranging from 35 to 54 pages long in the With the title Catholic Comics.
Finally there are three other titles that only have a few issues on Comic Book Plus, even though many issues were published. They are Timeless Topix, the continuation of Timeless Topix under another name Topix Comics and different title Heroes All. All of these were published by the Catechitical Guild, which also published Treasure Chest.
In the earlier era before 1973 Catholics were much more active in the creation of comics that the Protestants. Since then things have been reversed. Church teaching tells us that we are to use all these media to evangelize and catechize. History affirms that this is what the Catholic Church did in the past, so there is no reason we should not do this now, particularly because the Internet allows us to distribute the comics at almost no cost.
Current Catholic Comics
Daughters of Saint PaulThe Daughters of Saint Paul have been perhaps the leading center for the publishing of Catholic Comics in the last few decades. However, they did not always provide Catholic Comics.
I sent them a letter or email in the 1990s suggesting that they do the lives of the Saints in comic book form. They sent me a nice letter back saying that it was a great idea but they could not do it. This is the only time I ever received a letter like that. Nevertheless, within a few months they came out with a series of comics based on the lives of the saints. The series was originally done in French, given the timing I suspect that the French effort was independent of my suggestion. But perhaps I gave the Daughter of Saint Paul a push to translate the comics into English. Furthermore, that seems to have establilshed a tradition among the Daughters of St. Paul that continues to this day.
The original set of comics they came out with in the 90s is out of print, and is discussed below in the section on Catholic Comics that are out of print, but not online.
But the Daughters of Saint Paul have an even larger collection of comics now. You can see some of the shorter comics by clicking on this link to the comics page of the Pauline Store
However most of the longer comics are not on that page. Here is another page with a graphic novel about Pope Frances. Scroll down to find several other graphic novels only one of which is on the comics page.
But even these two pages do not have the graphic novel on the Life of Jesus which maybe the most interesting of the whole collection.
Is this all that Pauline Press has, perhaps not but it is what I found so far.
Factoid PressThe Big Book of Martyrs is a comic on the deaths of many Catholic martyrs. This book appeals to many devout Catholic men, I have never seen a woman who liked it. The comic, like its topic, is gruesome.
Like the other books in DC Comics Big Book series, there are many different artists, the cover says more than 50, each with there own unique style of drawing comics. I found the different styles interesting, but like most aspects of this book it appeals to rather mature tastes rather than children.
Most of the styles are properly respectful of the topic, but maybe five of the artists have styles that are not particularly respectful. As far as I know they did not go out of their way to be disrespectful. It is probably just the case that their style is not respectful and they did not change it, or change it enough, for this book. The writer, who put the whole thing together, is respectful of the Catholic faith. He ends by suggesting that we should aspire to be martyrs.
I read and reread this book and found it inspiring, but so far I have not become an Martyr. Nevertheless, it is not for women and children. In fact it says for mature audiences right on the cover. If your target is young men, however, this could be a useful.
The Big Book of Martyrs is 192 pages long and the pages are larger than normal size. The comics are in black and white. You can find The Big Book of Martyrs at comic book stores and Amazon.com. The list price is about 15 dollars, 11.66 at Amazon. This is a relatively good price, but not as good as some of the comic book Bibles.
Blind ProphetI have just read the first part of the Blind Prophet in late 2016. I was impressed. The book has a character with a special power and is set in a Catholic universe. The writing had intelligent, logical, well-motivated characters. I found it a powerful story. A teen I showed it to said it was awesome.
The first episode of this graphic novel is 37 pages long and is free in the Kindle format eBook format and $5.99 in paper. Episodes 2,3, and 4 are slightly longer. The are free for those that subcribe to Kindle Unlimited, They cost $3.99 in Kindle format, and $5.99 in paper. This is a link to the first episode of The Blind Prophet on Amazon.
This could be a good opportunity to support an interesting initiative in its earliest stages.
Umbert The Unborn
Here is the web site of a pro life comic Umbert the unborn.
Jason Bach Catholic CartoonsThis is a Catholic cartoonist I found on Comic Rocket. Comic Rocket is a huge collection of on line comics, upwards of 40 thousand. Many are not religion friendly. I suspect that many in the religion section are not that religion friendly. But Jason Bach seems to be orthodox. Here is the link to Jason Bach's Catholic cartoons.
The Tautkus StudioThe Tautkus Studio is offering Catholic comics for sale with a significant collection of free on line samples so you will easily be able to evaluate the product. You have to scroll down to find the comics, including the free samples.
Tautkus also has many comics on line at Comic-Rocket. Once again the rest of Comic Rocket is problematic but the work of Tautkuss is very devout and very Catholic. The drawings are crude and ugly, but this maybe some type of sign of authenticity and sophistication. At any rate this is a large collection put together over almost a decade. Here is a link to Lives of the Saints and People Who Lived Saintly Lives. on Comic-Rocket.
Out of Print and Going out of print Catholic Comics
Pauline PressThere are also several out of print Catholic comics that you maybe able to find. As mentioned above the Daughters of Saint Paul put out a series of comics on the famous saints. These were originally done in France in I believe 1994. In 1995 they came out in English. I think there were about nine in the series. They were about 2 dollars per comic, for about 30 pages. The pages were somewhat smaller than a normal comic book.
The Saints covered in the series are:
A mentioned above I sent a letter to the Daughters of Saint Paul in 1994 suggesting that they do the lives of the Saints in comic book form. They sent me a nice letter back saying that it was a great idea but they could not do it. Was my letter the stimulus for the French comic book series. Perhaps, but as both my letter and the French series were 1994 I would not be surprised if the French series was actually started before I sent the letter to the Daughters of Saint Paul. Did my letter stimulate the Daughters of Saint Paul to go looking for comics on the lives of the saints. Perhaps, but perhaps the Daughters of Saint Paul or some other Catholic publisher would have imported the French comics any way. I have frequently thought up ideas that I did not send to a company only to have the company come out with the product a few weeks or months later even though they could not possibly have gotten the idea from me, so it could all be coincidence.
I have tried to find a new publisher for the series, perhaps one who will combine all or most of the comics into one book. I have contacted three publishers, one is showing a little interest.
Arcadius PressArcadius Press put out a series of comics on the lives of the saints. They started out putting out regular comic book sized pamphlets on individual saints. I pushed them to combine these into larger books. They said that was their plan and it is available on Amazon. Stories of The Saints Volume 1 - Saint Joan of Arc, Saint Patrick, Saint Jerome Emiliani, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint Henry
Probably because this web page used to be ranked high on Google under the words Catholic comics, frequently it was number one, the company contacted me asking for advice. Actually, a number of businesses have asked me for my advice on the basis of this site. I have gladly done my best to help them.
Unfortunately they seem to have gone out of business. Here are a couple of links. Jacket Flap provides contact information and other information, all of which maybe out of date. Here is what is left of the Aracadius Press website, which I found on the Internet Archive. Once you get there click on the links, some are still functioning. The link will allow you to get a good idea of their artistic styles which were quite good. They are similar to what is currently popular in secular American comics.
Marvel comics came out with a series of three comics, on St Francis of Assisi, Pope John Paul ll and Mother Teresa. They sold a huge number of copies and you may well be able to find these if you keep your eyes open.
As mentioned above there are many issues of Topix and Heroes All that have not been put on the Internet.
A big thanks to the guy who left the note in the guest book informing me of Topix and Heroes All. Web pages have the potential to be cooperative, collecting information from many.
Here is a primitive web comic on Saints and the Angels.
Another Catholic is producing comics in the manga style to go with the weekly readings, check it out here. I think this is an interesting idea.
Other pages on Christian Comics
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