For sale: Censored Cartoons showing bumbling Dad's Army preparing to fight the Nazis
Humorous paintings of the Home Guard that were censored during the war have come to light and are going on sale. The light-hearted works were produced by artist Gilbert Spencer, who was too old to enlist during WWII and so joined the Home Guard in the Lake District. Spencer, a WW1 veteran, produced a series of 14 paintings based on his amusing observations of the citizen militia and sent them off to a publisher. But the works were intercepted by a po-faced official at the Royal Mail who ripped them up and returned them to sender. Spencer was left upset at the rebuttal and had the 21ins by 29ins paintings repaired.
Simon Says Comic Tells the Unbelievable Story of a Real-Life Nazi Hunter
Simon Says: Nazi Hunter, a comic book by writer Andre Frattino and artist Jesse Lee, is currently nearing its fundraising goal on Kickstarter. It`s based on the life of Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor who escaped death because of his artistic skill (he was ordered to paint Swastikas on Nazi trains). After the war, Wiesenthal spent decades collecting information on former Nazis to try and bring them to justice, as well as protecting Jewish refugees and finding information on their missing families.
12 Top American Comics With Nazis
Here`s a look at some of the more unusual World War II stories from the comic book bin.
Collection of wartime comics show how propaganda persuaded Britain's children they need not fear the Nazis
Bright, bold and politically charged, these comics reveal how publishers fought to win over the hearts and minds of British children during the Second World War. The Beano and The Hotspur both trumpeted the importance of the nation's war effort to youngsters sitting at home, many of whom had brothers, fathers and uncles serving on the frontline. Targeting children as young as eight, the comics used vibrant front covers and witty story lines to ridicule Hitler and undermine the Nazis while championing the ideal of the plucky British underdog.
Between 1943 and 1945 the U.S. Army produced a series of 27 propaganda cartoons depicting Private Snafu
Between 1943 and 1945, with the help of Warner Bros.` finest, the U.S. Army produced a series of 27 propaganda cartoons depicting the calamitous adventures of Private Snafu. Mark David Kaufman explores their overarching theme of containment and how one film inadvertently let slip one of the war`s greatest secrets.
Welcome home the car who beat the Nazis to Olympic gold in 1936 - And was driven by a woman
A British sports car, whose lady driver beat the Nazis to win Olympic gold at the Berlin Games of 1936, has revved into London 2012. The story of Elizabeth Haig, niece of Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and her 1.5 litre Singer Le Mans sports car, has been revealed 3/4 of a century after her Olympian achievement as the car goes on display at the Savoy Hotel. But its current owner is disappointed that its achievement as the only automotive winner of an Olympic gold medal appears to have been snubbed by Lord Coe at a Games where German giant BMW is the official car sponsor. Haig, aged 30, took part in the 2,000-mile cross Europe 1936 Olympic Rally, which ended at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. She was the only Briton among 125 entrants - and won after an adventure fuelled drive.
Talking animals were used in WWII propaganda both by the Allies and Axis
You are probably thinking of the American WWII propaganda animated cartoons. There were certainly lots of them! Long articles have been written on the adventures of Donald and Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Gandy Goose and Homer Pigeon -- and most American propaganda cartoons have been re-released on DVD. Volumes could also be written of the wartime funny-animal comic book and comic strip characters who fought the Axis, usually on the Home Front against saboteurs and hoarders. World War II's talking-animal propaganda novels are less well-known. In fact, they are forgotten today except in movie-adaptation credits.
Bad Moon Rising - Iron Sky prequel comic explains how Nazis got to the moon
As Iron Sky`s filmmakers put the final touches on their crowd-funded sci-fi black comedy, they've published a prequel comic book explaining how Third Reich refugees found their way to the moon. The 3-part comic book series - "Bad Moon Rising" by writer Mikko Rautalahti (Alan Wake) and illustrator Gerry Kissell (Code Word: Geronimo) - drills into the mind of Wolfgang Kortzfleisch, who becomes Führer of the moon Nazis.
Two Generals by Scott Chantler -- Graphic novel tells the real WWII story of two Canadians
Two Generals - based the diaries of Law Chantler, his best friend Jack Chrysler and the War Diary of the Highland Light Infantry - explores the Canadian war experience from the training to the conflict, including the landing at Juno Beach.
Occupation Outbursts 1945-1946 -- WWII veteran's illustrations from Tokyo now in book
"Occupation Outbursts 1945-1946" consists of editorial cartoons - humorous sketches of GI life among the Japanese people - Jim Schell created for the Pacific Stars and Stripes when he was in Tokyo in the last years of WWII.
Iran publishes Holocaust-denying cartoonist's work online
Iran's Fars news agency has announced the launch of a new site, Holocartoons.com, publishing the work of Maziar Bijani, a Holocaust-denying cartoonist. The site, "dedicated to all those who have been killed under the pretext of the Holocaust," was sponsored by a nongovernmental cultural foundation. A screenshot seems to be identical to the cover of "Holocaust," a book of the same artist's anti-Jewish caricatures. Graeme Wood, a writer for The Atlantic, manager to get a copy of that book on a Tehran street, and several cartoons were published on The Atlantic's site.
Unseen cartoons depicting day-to-day life in WWII PoW camp Stalag Luft III (pics)
These previously unseen cartoons reveal day-to-day life in the POW camp made famous by the World War II film "The Great Escape". They were drawn in 1944 by an American air force serviceman held in "escape proof" Stalag Luft III - forming part of a war time log compiled just weeks after 50 allied POWs were executed - on the orders of Nazi dictator Hitler - for staging the breakout. The pencil and crayon drawings along with pages of poetry were created by 2nd Lt John M Bridges. The journal was acquired by a WW2 Polish navigator after the war ended and was found during a house clearance in UK.
10 ridiculous comic book Nazis, including "Hansi, the Girl Who Loved the Swastika"
10 ridiculous comic book Nazis, with images.
How Superman really helped America win World War II
During the second world war, almost every comic shifted to a wartime footing, with covers of American heroes kicking the crap out of Nazis. But in at least one case, superheroes did a lot more. The US Army had a problem at the time: they were drafting thousands of men, but many had no education, with certain percentage of them illiterate. They had to learn how to read, and fast. So with the help of National Periodical Publications, the predecessor to DC Comics, special edition of Superman was produced by the War Department with simplified dialogue and word balloons. Hundreds of thousands of copies were sent to GIs, and it helped them learn to read and to pass the time.
Episodes from Auschwitz: Polish comic book series covers Nazi camps
A Nazi death camp may not seem a topic for comic books but a new series with real-life stories from Auschwitz has emerged - in Polish and English - to teach kids about the Holocaust. The drawings are offset by the humanity of real, historically documented prisoners and Nazi guard - like the doomed, young lovers in the first adventure, "Love in the Shadow of Death". Beata Klos and Jacek Lech thought about the idea for years and the format (40page soft-cover comic books) was carefully thought: "We think the history of the death camps isn't sufficiently taught to the younger generations and rarely in a way that would draw their interest."
War comic "Battlefields: The Night Witches" focuses on German and Soviet soldiers
First, "Battlefields: The Night Witches" is a war comic, a tough sell in an industry that is dominated by superheroes. Second, the book focuses on German and Soviet soldiers during World War Two and there is not a single American GI to root for - so the challenge of finding an audience becomes that much harder. Third, the book puts the spotlight on women soldiers. it's a miracle that the project was given a green light. While depicting German troops in WWII as sympathetic has caused controversy for publishers in the past, Garth Ennis gets away with it by showing them as soldiers who go through the universal glories and horrors of war.
Russian political cartoonist Boris Yefimov lived in daily fear of a call from Stalin
Russia's Boris Yefimov, a World War II propaganda artist and famed political cartoonist who satirised the communist state from the Revolution to the fall of the Soviet Union, has passed away. He started out as a cartoonist in Kiev in 1919 and did cartoons about the Soviet Union, and its enemies, until the collapse of the communist state in 1991. As a boy he once saw the last tsar Nicholas II, and later he met Lenin, Trotsky and Bukharin and worked under Josef Stalin. His life covered both world wars, the revolution, the Cold War and several changes of guard in the Soviet system. The cartoonist said he lived in daily fear of a call from Stalin.
Caricaturist Arthur Szyk - Mocking Hitler and Mussolini
Arthur Szyk was a Jewish caricaturist campaigned against the Nazis and, later, for Israel and civil rights. Born in 1894 in what is now Poland, he served in the Russian Army on the German front in the First World War, then moved during the 1920s to Paris. From Paris he travelled to London and onward to New York, having established a reputation with several shows. During the 1940s he became renowned as an illustrator of books and magazine covers for Time, Collier's, Esquire and others, and as a political cartoonist. He made Goebbels into a skunk, Göring into a fat Cossack, Marshal Pétain into Pierrot and the Japanese into bats and gorillas.
Graphic novel Maus tells Holocaust survivor story in different, unique style
The world is flooded with stories of the Holocaust. None of them are quite like Maus. Holocaust memoirs have trouble standing out, because they're often the same horrific story: Live the idyllic life in some country. German Army comes in and ships everyone out. Witness horrors beyond all imagining. Survive somehow. Mourn for those who did not make it. The need to tell one's story is understandable. But for the reader the stories are pretty much all the same. Maus, a graphic novel, manages to stick out. Art Spiegelman takes advantage of the flexibility of his medium by creating a fantasy world where Jews are represented by mice, Germans are cats, Americans are dogs, etc.
1941 comic book "Mean Scamp-F" pokes fun at Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf
This 60-page comic book is about the early days of World War II and was published in 1941 by the Musson Book Company Ltd. The title is "Mean Scamp-F" and the author is Pte. Harry Hall, from the 46th Battalion Canadian Infantry, 1914-1918. It's a really interesting piece. Very few paper collectibles survive the years, and that's why they're called ephemera (short-lived). Adolf Hitler was convicted of treason in 1923 after a coup attempt. To clear his name he wrote Mein Kampf. The title of this comic book, Mean Scamp-F, is a parody of Mein Kampf. But because there seem to be no sales records for this particular comic, it's hard to appraise.
Albert Speer's aide Hans Stefan mocked Adolf Hitler's Germania in cartoons
This is one of the plans for Germania that Adolf Hitler did not sign off – and ones that would have seen their author decapitated if the Fuhrer had seen them. The cartoons, which poke fun at the excess vision of Hitler for a super-capital of his 1,000-year Reich were thought lost in the Berlin bombing, but they turned up recently and are showed at the Architectural Museum of the Technical University of Berlin. The cartoon sketches were made by Hans Stefan, an architect on the staff of Albert Speer, who in 1937 was tasked with the planning for the megalopolis that would show the might of the Ayran rulers.
We Have Ways of Making You Laugh: 120 Funny Swastika Cartoons
Swastikas can be funny, says cartoonist Sam Gross, whose book is devoted to cartoons featuring the symbol most often linked with the German Nazi Party. The swastika is the focus of the jokes in "We Have Ways of Making You Laugh: 120 Funny Swastika Cartoons". The idea came to him during a news story about a boy who was drawing the swastika symbol on garage doors. Gross didn't realize why the story made headline news. "The symbol is held in such awe and terror. I just got so angry that I decided to have fun with it." The goal was both to take the power out of the swastika.
Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front - Biography traces life of WW2 cartoonist
In 2002 Bill Mauldin was living out the last days of his life. So many get-well cards were sent by World War II veterans that when Mauldin died, boxes of mail remained unopened. When Todd DePastino began writing "Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front", Mauldin's family let him open some of the unread mail. One letter touched DePastino. A widow of a soldier who died in battle had kept cartoons her husband clipped. "She knew what Mauldin had meant to her husband, and she was thanking him 60 years later. That letter told me so much: How fresh her grief was... and how intimately connected Bill Mauldin was to her grief."
Anzacs at War released comic compilation - Ironic fun or racist rubbish?
Anthology of war comics: Ironic fun or racist rubbish. Anzacs at War is a compilation of 12 stories originally issued by Scottish company DC Thomson. Maori warriors are presented as savage barbarians, Japanese soldiers are dismissed as "Nips" and Germans are "Jerries". Dylan Horrocks said the comics dated from a time of "pervasive everyday racism". "Commando comics have always been racist..." But he didn't think the collection should be banned. "It's all part of the genre of WWII. Part of what people like about the reprints is the old-fashioned, retro attitudes. It's all very ironic and people laugh about it."
Cartoons drawn by Adolf Hitler discovered by Norwegian museum director?
William Hakvaag says he has found cartoons by Adolf Hitler, who made a living as an artist before going into politics. He had found the drawings concealed in a painting signed "A.Hitler" that he bought. He found 3 coloured cartoons of dwarfs from the 1937 film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", signed A.H., and an unsigned "Pinocchio" sketch. Tests on the paintings dated from 1940. "I am 100% sure that these are drawings by Hitler... If one wanted to make a forgery, one would never hide it in the back of a picture, where it might never be discovered." The initials and the signature are consistent with Hitler's handwriting.
Germany teaches its youth about the Holocaust with a graphic novel
No one can accuse the Germans of dismissing the horrors of the Nazi past. So concerned have they become about a lack of knowledge of the Holocaust among kids that they are spreading a new book in schools describing their country's genocide in an easily accessible graphic novel. The "comic book" format is seen as the best way to get a whole new generation of children to confront the most terrible period of German history. The book - called The Search - shows a grandmother recounting her grandson the circumstances of how her father and her brother, Bob, were sent to Auschwitz during Adolf Hitler's "Final Solution".
War through the eyes of a PoW in Japan - See pictures, sketches
Sketches by World War II Serviceman Fred Goodwin, tracing his experiences from RAF bases to a Japanese P-O-W camp, are to be exhibited for the first time. After the Battle of Britain he was sent to the Dutch East Indies with 605 Squadron. However, the planes were equipped for desert warfare and were worthless against Japanese Zero fighters. Goodwin was captured, and as a POW he witnessed unutterable horrors. However, throughout the war he made drawings and paintings. The exhibition including his collection comes weeks after the death of Air Cdre Ricky Wright, one of the most talented flyers of 605 Squadron.
Bill Mauldin's World War II Cartoons to Be Collected in 2-Volume Set
More than 600 of Bill Mauldin's World War Two cartoons - many never reprinted before - will be collected in a 2-volume set that Fantagraphics Books is publishing. "Willie & Joe: The WWII Years" totals 650 pages. It's edited by Todd DePastino, whose biography of the cartoonist - "Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front" - is also slated to be published. Mauldin used his Willie and Joe characters to comment on WWII through the eyes of average soldiers. The WWII veteran won a 1945 Pulitzer Prize for those United Feature Syndicate cartoons, and won another Pulitzer in 1959.
Nazi cartoon by Tom Scott censored because of German swastika ban (Article no longer available from the original source)
Tom Scott has found his super-mouse in Nazi uniform is too strong for German distributors of his drug education book. The cartoon - in The Great Brain Robbery, written with Trevor Grice - has been left out of a German edition. It accompanied a paragraph on a special breed of mice bred, which had a gene essential to the synthesis of the nitric oxide blocked. "Fast, fearless, insanely amorous, murderous male mice resulted." This led Scott to conclude the ferocious behaviour was reminiscent of the Nazi regime. To illustrate this, he drew a male uber mouse dressed like Adolf Hitler, complete with jackboots, Iron Cross on the breast pocket and swastika on the left armband.
UK's sole surviving war comic, Commando, has made it to issue 4,000
The Britain's sole surviving war comic, Commando, has made it to issue 4,000 - titled "Aces All". In their heyday British war comics (Victor, Valiant, Warlord) shifted by the Bedford lorry load. Commando, which began in 1961, is all that remains of this history, and continues to sell healthily. "We were always very, very careful to differentiate between ordinary Germans and Nazis." Each edition houses a 63-page black and white saga of heroes and villains (mostly Teutonic types exclaiming "Achtung!" when surprised, and "Schnell!" when in a rush), clashing mostly on the World War II battlefield.
WWII Cartoonist Bill Mauldin battled General George Patton
"I need a couple guys what don't owe me no money for a little routine patrol." Was the caption under a WWII cartoon by Sgt. Bill Mauldin depicting an Army sergeant talking to men. The cartoons, featuring soldiers named Willie and Joe, were popular with the GIs. General George Patton considered them "attempts to undermine military discipline" and threatened to have Stars and Stripes banned from his 3rd Army unless it dropped them. Mauldin was summoned to an audience with Patton in 1945. After listening to the general's lecture, "I came out with my hide on. We parted friends, but I don't think we changed each other's mind" - a comment that infuriated Patton.
Disney and World War II - Emblems, posters and propaganda
Just prior to America's entry into the war, the U.S. Navy asked Disney Studios to assist in designing an emblem for one of the new American warships. The creation proved popular and further requests were made. Over the next 6 years Studios devoted 94% of its facilities to support the allied war effort through the creation of over 1,200 unit emblems, posters and designs for war bonds. It also produced short cartoons for propaganda purposes. According to Bruce B. Herman, an expert on military antiques, one German pilot painted an image of Mickey Mouse on his airplane. "It annoyed Walt Disney no end that the Nazis were using his creation."
How to Spot a Jap -- 1942 U.S. Army comic strip
How to Spot a Jap -- Prepared by Special Service Division, Services of supply, United States Army. 1942 U.S. Army/Navy educational Comic Strip.
Book of Hitler cartoons to go under the hammer
A book containing a collection of newspaper and magazine cartoons lampooning Adolf Hitler is to go under the hammer later this month. Shropshire-based auction house Mullock Madeley said the volume, published in Germany in 1933, was expected to attract significant interest because it was officially commended by Hitler himself.