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date: 25 January 2020

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“The Bible and Graphic Novels and Comic Books” argues that Protestants used images for a surprising range of religious purposes in their twentieth-century comic book Bibles. The chapter provides a brief theoretical overview of the medium of sequential art and the relationship between words and images in Protestant comic book Bibles. It also examines the history of Protestant comic book Bible production from the 1930s to the 2010s. The chapter argues that changing artistic styles in comic books reveal changing religious and cultural sensibilities in twentieth-century American Protestantism. The chapter offers close examinations of significant examples from the history of comic book Bibles, discussing the religious work these images performed in Protestant communities.

Keywords: comic book Bible, sequential art, graphic novel, Bible Comics, Bible Cartoons, Spire Christian Comics, Archie Comics, Basil Wolverton, Action Bible, Apocalyptic Art

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