I have been neglecting my Old-Time-Religion blog in order to produce Vintage Sleaze and my New Book Camera Club Girls. Coming back in a big way, I present Tom Skinner, who lays his Jesus bag on heavy in this great, great, great Al Hartley penned "Spire Christian Comics" Thrilla in Manilla (paper). Spire Christian Comics specialized in taking regular comic book heros and figures, such as Archie, Dennis the Menace and other normal, but sinning characters, and giving them a solid dose of good ol' faith. (They also had the nerve to charge 39 cents each)
Righteous Al was able to line up Archie and others because he worked for Archie Comics. This one doesn't have the red-head in Harlem scoring, unfortunately. "Jughead...DRIVE!"
I've been on the corner indicated in the top picture many, many times. It ain't like that, Bro.
Skinner passed away, but donated his papers to the Billy Graham Center Archives in Wheaton, Illinois. A most valuable resource, and one which will be increasingly important as research is done on right-on, high five alive messengers such at Tom (lay me some skin) Skinner.
Tom Skinner Up From Harlem Spire Christian Comic 1975 Collection Jim Linderman