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‘B.C.’ to publish collection of religious-themed comics

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 18, 2009 | 6:25 pm

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“Do you believe in heaven and hell?”

Johnny Hart’s comic strip “B.C.” has always had its religious themes. Next month, you’ll be able to find them compiled in a book from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Here’s the word from the publisher:

Any reader can find him or herself in the cast of cavemen and women: humble B.C., Peter the Philosopher, one-legged Wiley, or the strong and intimidating Fat Broad. These characters, combined with Hart’s gift of using an ancient setting for modern commentary, made B.C. a goldmine for hilarious comics on any number of subjects. By his own admission, however, the famed cartoonist’s favorite strips were those that involved matters of faith.

I Did It His Way” represents the realization of one of Hart’s deepest desires.  When Hart passed away the day before Easter 2007, he was hard at work on gathering these religious strips into a collection to share with his readers. His daughter, Perri, coordinated efforts with his wife, Bobby, to make the collection a reality, “This book is a dream that Johnny and I shared,” remembers Bobby. “I knew I had to finish our dream.”

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