Thursday, September 1, 2016

First Spire Christian Comic Books

First Spire Christian Comic Books
September 1, 1972
The very first Christian comic books were released in September of 1972. Spire produced a version of Brother Andrew’s God's Smuggler and David Wilkerson's The Cross and the Switchblade. Unlike traditional comic books which create new stories every month, the Christian versions came out about once a year. In 1973, Spire added an “Archie” series drawn by actual Archie Comics artist, Al Hartley and in 1974, the company added bible stories and a series dedicated to younger readers including the “Barney Bear” series. The last of the original comic books was a “Barney Bear” printed in 1988.