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Reviving forgotten ‘Treasure Chests’: Kids classic Catholic comics reintroduced

Between 1946 and 1972, children attending Catholic schools across the nation eagerly anticipated each new installment of the Treasure Chest of Fun & Facts. These “treasure chests” contained illustrated narratives about the Catholic faith, tales of American heroes and saints from history, and captivating original adventure stories that conveyed Christian morals. Additionally, the children engaged with puzzles, vibrant features, and creative projects. However, the year 1972 marked the burial of the Treasure Chest series. Nevertheless, in recent times, these cherished comics have been rediscovered to captivate today’s generations. The founder and publisher of Voyage Comics, Philip Kosloski, has taken on the task of remastering the Treasure Chest comics.

National Catholic Register reports:

From 1946 to 1972, children in Catholic schools around the country eagerly awaited their next issue of Treasure Chest of Fun & Facts. They looked forward to opening these “treasure chests” of illustrated stories of the Catholic faith and historic American heroes and saints — and following continuing original adventure stories that carried a Christian moral, working on the puzzles, and being excited over so many other colorful features and projects.

Then came 1972, when the Treasure Chests were buried.

But recently, they were rediscovered for today’s generations.

Philip Kosloski, the founder and publisher of Voyage Comics, has made remastering the Treasure Chest comics his latest project.

Kosloski is the right explorer and adventurer for this voyage to new audiences. He was responsible for the graphic novel called The Tale of Patrick Peyton along with, among others, colorful and accurate graphic versions of Lily of the Mohawks, The Mission of Joan of Arc, Digital Disciple: Carlo Acutis and the Eucharist (published by Voyage Comics and the Augustine Institute), and his original Finnian and the Seven Mountains, inspired by the legendary “Sword of St. Michael,” with adventures covering seven pilgrimage sites.

How did Kosloski set out on this adventure to rediscover and share these treasures?

“Whenever there’s talk about Catholic comics, or the history of Catholic comics, Treasure Chest always comes up, and I had always been fascinated by it. Anyone who I ever talked to who remembers receiving Treasure Chest as a child had fond memories of it,” he said. “So I started to look at them and discovered how it really is a treasure chest of content inside of it. I was fascinated because it has a good mix. Maybe there’s a story about the liturgical year, like in the first volume we’re publishing.”

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