Not all Christian-oriented comics are as pushy or narrow-minded as the Jack Chick tracts or those Spire Comics with the Archie characters. BROTHER JUNIPER started as a collection of cartoons in 1957, then ran as a daily strip from 1958 to 1989 (a decent enough span). He was the creation of Father Justin "Fred" McCarthy, also a Franciscan. The cartoon monk was inspired by tales about the historical Brother Juniper, a 13th Century associate of St Francis of Assisi. (As an aside, hagiography is full of amazing deeds and fabulous events, as much so as Golden Age science fiction.)I never found Brother Juniper's panel to be hilarious but it was often charming in a low-key, mild way. There was no preaching, no shows of drunks being redeemed or anything like that. BROTHER JUNIPER was laid back but sincere. And it is funny to think of a monk naively driving around with a pair of baby shoes hanging off his rear view mirror.