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Sun Dec 7, 2014, 01:11 AM

Religion In The Comics - 003



This installment is about our old friend Oral Roberts. For those not familiar with this Holy Con Man, here is a snippet from Wikipedia:

Roberts' fundraising was controversial. In January 1987, during a fundraising drive, Roberts announced to a television audience that unless he raised $8 million by that March, God would "call him home." However, the year before on Easter he had told a gathering at the Dallas Convention Center that God had instructed him to raise the money "by the end of the year" or he would die. Regardless of this new March deadline and the fact that he was still $4.5 million short of his goal, some were fearful that he was referring to suicide, given the impassioned pleas and tears that accompanied his statement. He raised $9.1 million.


Here is the story even Wikipedia doesn't know. Even the official Oral Roberts website makes no mention of this. In 1956 he began publishing his own comic book called Oral Roberts True Stories. It ran for 19 quarterly issues. After the first issue, the numbering skipped to 102. While I have found images for all issues, I have only found one issue displayed in its entirety. I assume the format was consistent. It began with an image of Oral who presented himself as the narrator of these TRUE stories. Some are Bible stories, some are tales of people who found Jesus, and other stories are about the miracles God grants to his believers.

Here for your viewing pleasure is issue #106. It can be viewed in its entirity at http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=7864
It is the story of a man who began by believing in purple elephants to believing in Jesus. A step up or down depending on your point of view. I personally see it as more of a lateral shift. After all, no one can prove that purple elephants don't exist.





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deucemagnet Dec 2014 #1
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edhopper Dec 2014 #3
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edhopper Dec 2014 #5
deucemagnet Dec 2014 #7
AlbertCat Dec 2014 #6
onager Dec 2014 #8

Response to Cartoonist (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 01:49 AM

1. A comedian whom I can't recall had a great bit on Oral

re: the 900-ft. Jesus. Oral claimed that the 900-ft., floating Jesus appeared in the desert, looked him in the eye, and told him to build a medical research facility. How can a 900-ft. floating Jesus look you in the eye? Even assuming a modest 6-ft. float, that's quite a distance. This comedian had a solution, however. If the 900-ft. Jesus were floating upside down, he could easily look Oral right in the eye and tell him to build a medical research facility that will be a success (but which ultimately failed).

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Response to Cartoonist (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:21 AM

2. Again, great stuff!

 

A perfect read for Sunday morning.

Love the way that Bunk talks like James Cagney when he's drunk.

"I was born and raised right here in America - of course I'm a Christian"

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Response to Cartoonist (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 10:36 AM

3. I like the picture

of the poor schmuck behind bars being forced to listen to the Christian crap.
What is the caption of what he is thinking? Anyt6hing to do with the girl and the accordion?

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Response to edhopper (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:20 AM

4. Nothing says join my religion like some accordion music. n/t

 

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Response to Goblinmonger (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:21 AM

5. I was thinking

of something much more nasty.

Something about reaching down a hand.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 12:28 PM

7. Yep.

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Response to Cartoonist (Original post)

Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:57 AM

6. none of the pics will load!

 


Even on the site. Hell, my icon won't even load today!

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Response to Cartoonist (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 01:15 PM

8. Thanks! Another great one!

I grew up surrounded by Oral Roberts literature, but never saw these amazing comic books. I was robbed!

The Oral stuff I saw was the cheap little red-bound pamphlets. Usually with "666" or some reference to the Always-Imminent Apocalypse on the cover.

Some of my relatives laughed about the black folks in the neighborhood, sending their money off to obvious phonies like Father Divine or Sweet Daddy Grace. Then they'd stuff their own envelope with money and send it off to Oral Roberts or Garner Ted Armstrong.

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