The founder and Lead Editor of Arkhaven Comics, Vox Day, announced the digital platform, Arktoons, added a brand new series to their growing collection of digital comics, Classic Bible Tales.
Day made the announcement on Gab. He stated, “Arkhaven has added Classic Bible Tales to Arktoons.”
“This is not something you’re going to see DC, Marvel, or Webtoons do any time soon. Or, most likely, ever,” he added.
The first episode, The Two Builders, is available to read on Arktoons right now. It visualizes Jesus’ words as recounted in Matthew 7:24-27 and Luke 6:47-49.
As noted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops the parable is called The Two Foundations.
In Matthew it reads, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”
Jesus continued, “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.s But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”
“And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand,” Christ said.
“The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined,” he concluded.
The parable in Luke is also called The Two Foundations.
It begins, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?”
“I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them,” Jesus continued.
“That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built,” he said.
“But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed,” Jesus concluded.
This first episode that is available to read on Arktoons was originally published by The Standard Publishing Company back in 1947. It was illustrated by Anthony Abruzzo and edited by Dorothy Fay Foster.
It was included in a comic titled Parables Jesus Told #2054. Other parables included in the comic are: Parables by the Seas, The Wicked Servant, The Good Shepherd, The Good Samaritan, The Importunate Friend, The Rich Fool, On Being Invited to Feasts, The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son, Parables About Prayer, The Householder with His Servants, The Parable of the Vineyard, The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Maidens, and The Parable of the Talents.
Standard Publishing Company also published a number of other Christian comics including The Life of Christ Visualized #1-3, The Life of Esther Visualized, The Life of Joseph Visualized, and New Testament Heroes #1-2.
As for Day’s claim about Marvel, DC, and Webtoons not publishing Christian comics any time soon, it’s most likely true.
Marvel Comics recently had one of their devout Catholic characters, Nightcrawler from the X-Men, renounce his faith, murder a man, and attempt to start his own mutant religion.
However, Marvel Comics use to publish Christian comics. Back in December 1992, they released The Life of Christ #1 by Louise Simonson, Mary Wilshire, Bill Anderson, Tom Smith, and Bill Oakley.
The book told the story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem.
Are you looking forward to checking out Arktoons’ Classic Bible Tales?