There Go the Dinosaurs (Chick tract)

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Synopsis

There Go the Dinosaurs is a tract written by the evangelist Jack Chick, concerning the fate of the dinosaurs and the fate of mankind if they do not accept Jesus Christ. It was released to the public in September, 2007.

Tract walk-through

The 'dragon' hunt

(Panel 1)

A closeup of a reptilian face displaying a look of horror.

  • Dinosaur (thinking): "Gasp... I think he saw me! I've got to hide!"


(Panel 2)

A 'dinosaur hunter' with a spear in his hand runs out of the forest towards two of his companions.

  • Dino hunter 1: "I saw one... I saw one... Everybody follow me!"
  • Dino hunter 2: "Grab your weapons!"

Comment: It is unclear, based on the clothing worn by the dinosaur hunters, exactly what time period the beginning of this comic is meant to be depicting. All appear to be wearing shoes, and some wear vests and peasant shirts and some sort of hat or head covering.


(Panel 3)

The dinosaur is shown climbing a mountain towards the clouds at the peak.

  • Dinosaur (thinking): "If I can get into the clouds, I'll be safe. I'm so tired, I have to rest."


(Panel 4)

Another dinosaur hunter points to large footprints on the ground.

  • Dino hunter 3: "I see her tracks... This way!"


(Panel 5)

Again we see the dinosaur, stopping just a few feet away from the protection of the cloud cover to deliver some exposition.

  • Dinosaur (thinking): "I can hear them... they're getting close! A few more feet and I'll be safe."


(Panel 6)

A close-up of the dinosaur's face, framed by clouds.

  • Dinosaur (thinking): "Thank goodness I'm in the clouds. Nobody can see me now."


(Panel 7)

A dinosaur hunter points off-panel at something he's spotted, while another looks on behind him. Judging from the axe and spear hoisted over their shoulders, we assume that there is a gang of more hunters behind them.

  • Dino hunter 3: "I think I see her."
  • Dino hunter 1: "Where?"
  • Dino hunter 3: "Look!"


(Panel 8) A wide shot of the dinosaur's body sticking out of the cloud - it has foolishly hidden only its head. A dino hunter stands behind it, brandishing a spear and shouting "HAW!"

Comment: Chick's attempt at humor. If this were a cartoon, this would probably be the part where you hear the muted trumpet go "WAAAAAH - waaaaaaahhh..."

Note also the use of "HAW!" for laughter here, which is a trademark of many Chick comics. In most cases, it's an expression of cruel laughter, such as that of a demon, criminal, evolutionist, or other classic bad guy.

(Panel 9) Dino hunters climb down the mountain in pairs, carrying large slabs of dinosaur meat lashed to poles. A child and his dog greet them as they pass.

  • Dino hunter 2: "Yummy dino-burgers tonight."
  • Child: "Yeah, my favorite!"
  • Dino hunter 1: "This will take us 36 trips."

Comment: Continuity error: Later panels in the comic claim that dinosaurs were called 'dragons' during this time period, and were not renamed 'dinosaurs' until 1841 - yet one of the hunters in this panel refers to the meat as 'dino-burgers.'

'Why is it so hard to find dragons anymore?'

(Panel 10)

A child and his grandfather are seated at a table. The child is holding what appears to be a shish-kebob.

  • Child: "Grandpa... why is it so hard to find dragons anymore?"
  • Grandfather: "They're a dying breed. Who knows? You may be eating the very last one!"

(Panel 11)

CAPTION: Where did the dinosaurs go?

An angry looking professor stands before a class, pointing to one of many dinosaur posters behind him.

  • Professor: "Millions of years ago... ...only the dinosaurs ruled the world."

(Panel 12)

The professor clutches his fist angrily.

  • Professor: "Do you know what killed them? A giant comet hit the earth!"
CAPTION: Is that how the dinosaurs died?

Comment: This is an example of the typical Chick professor caricature - balding and bespectacled, with a tweed jacket, bow tie, and bad attitude. The only thing missing this time are the patches on the elbows.

(Panel 13)

CAPTION: No! It's all a story told by people who don't trust God.

A scene of the Garden of Eden, with a faceless God standing before Adam, Eve, and several species of animals, including a large and small dinosaur.

CAPTION: And God should know. After all, He was there.

(Panel 14)

CAPTION: So what did God say happened?
God created man, animals, and plants - in the same week!* They were created, not evolved.

A scene of various species of animals, including an elephant, lion, zebra, peacock, and stegosaurus.

CAPTION: That includes the dinosaurs.
FOOTNOTE: See Genesis 1:1-2:3 Bible-icon.png

Comment: 

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Apes, Lies and Ms. Henn | Big Daddy? | Dark Dungeons | Gun Slinger | Here, Kitty Kitty! | There Go the Dinosaurs

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