Fr McCarthy's Brother Juniper Cartoon is back!

Probably not many people would remember but Father Justin McCarthy, a member of the Secular Franciscan Order for seventy-one years, created a cartoon called Brother Juniper in the late 1950’s. It ran in over 150 newspapers for thirty years and then was almost completely forgotten. It was the only religious-themed cartoon to be internationally syndicated.

A project was just started to hopefully acquaint a new generation with Brother Juniper or, at the very least, digitally archive McCarthy’s work before the last few decent quality first editions are gone. These cartoons are still very relevant and funny even after collecting dust for thirty years.

Feel free to swing by and see how the project is going at New cartoons are posted to the site every couple weeks.

#25 from More Brother Juniper

Cartoon 23 from More Brother Juniper

My sons are three and five and it seems I’m always on a play date where this cartoon perfectly applies. :stuck_out_tongue:

Cartoon 30 from More Brother Juniper

Cartoon 68 from More Brother Juniper

[LEFT]The Project is releasing two books that were originally going to be released this winter in the third week of July instead - Inside Brother Juniper and More Brother Juniper.

Unfortunately, we still have not found copies of the final two books of the series - The Whimsical World of Brother Juniper and Well Done, Brother Juniper - that are suitable for archiving. We’re hoping there are still a couple of the Hanover House trade paperback copies left somewhere in the world.

And here are cartoons 24 and 27 from Inside Brother Juniper. Have a great 4th of July!

More cartoons from the Brother Juniper Rejuvenation Project. Here are #31, 35, and 47 from Inside Brother Juniper.

We are also pleased to announce that book four and five in the Brother Juniper series are now officially available!

Oh, my goodness-this takes me back! Very cool!

I remember ‘Brother Juniper’ very well! I didn’t know that a priest was the strip’s creator!

How nice that this is being brought back!

Cartoons 53 and 58 from Inside Brother Juniper

[LEFT]I apologize for not posting in a while. I wanted to wait until the good news was official. The final two books in the Brother Juniper series have been published! The Whimsical World of Brother Juniper and Well Done, Brother Juniper are both up at the project site.

From the publishing perspective, the Brother Juniper Rejuvenation Project is complete! Now all we have to do is let people know he’s back. I’ll do my best to post new cartoons to the site every couple weeks and you do your best to let people know what has got you laughing.[/LEFT]

Cartoons 20 and 21 from Well Done, Brother Juniper

Yaay! Thanks for creating this site and sharing it here! I have fond memories of looking through two ancient paperback collections when I was getting over a bad cold as a kid.

Cartoons 73 and 67 from The Whimsical World of Brother Juniper.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Three cartoons from The Whimsical World of Brother Juniper (14,17,27) to prepare everyone for the 3am lines at the stores! :smiley:

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