Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
When I was a kid, I would often skip worship to go sit in the church library and read Spire Christian comic books. They were way better than anything coming out of the pulpit of that church. I'm not kiddin', man...these things were actually formative in my spiritual life. The biographical ones were better than the Archie ones, but I read all the ones we had over and over again. Anybody else have memories of Spire comics?
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 1:47 AM
On July 7, 2008 6:45 AMBillwrote... I think I read every one of them. At the time I was really into drawing and comic art and I got a big charge out of the fact that Al Hartley (who drew Archie at one time for the secular market) was drawing Christian comics. I read the Spire bios too.
I also read a lot of Chick tracts. Talk about some scary stuff.
But then again, it was the 70s.
On July 7, 2008 1:16 PMAnonymouswrote... Me too! (Not the skipping worship part, though.) I think I've read every one of the Spires in the first part of the list you linked. That was my first exposure to books like "The Hiding Place," "God's Smuggler," "The Cross and the Switchblade" and so on. I went on to read the "real book" version of several of these.
And every year at Monadnock Bible Conference, I would hang out at the bookstore reading the new ones that I hadn't seen yet.
On July 7, 2008 1:27 PMThe BadgerMumwrote... I read most of the first dozen but don't remember any of the others. I remember how disappointed I was the first time I saw a real picture of Corrie Ten Boom and learned that she was middle-agish when all that happened. :-p
My mom would frequent a particular "Bible, Book & Gift Shop". I loved going with her because while she shopped I'd sit on the floor in the back corner and read those comic books. Sometimes we'd buy them, sometimes we wouldn't. It never occurred to me as a little kid that it could possibly be considered "stealing" (reading without buying) but the shop owners loved me and didn't mind. They were a really sweet older couple.
The titles Byron mentioned are the ones I remember most, also. I've always been fascinated by Christians in the Resistance and by Christians smuggling Bibles into foreign lands and I have no doubt those little comic books contributed to those interests! (In fact, a friend of mine on Facebook - Cal Zastrow - just returned from a Bible-smuggling mission into China a few weeks back.)