Monday, May 19, 2008

Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika

Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika. Unfortunate cover ...

So much wrong, it's hard know what to start with.

Interesting comic, as those things go.

It's Heidi - if Heidi was incredibly naive and oblivious.

It's a come-to-Jesus comic book, with better art and writing than you might expect. The artist, Al Hartley, also worked for Archie Comics - he's not some guy with a pencil and a Big Idea, he's a guy who can sell stuff people want to read.

I suppose the same impulse that led to the Army publishing comic books telling draftee soldiers how to take operate their M16 led someone to conclude that Youth would 'get' religion if it was offered in four colors and a simplified story line.

This fellow summaries the story nicely ..

Hansi ends up as some kind of Gestapo Candy Striper, taunting injured German soldiers. "I lost MY ideals when I lost my eyes on the Russian front." says one poor kid. "We are nothing," snaps back Hansi, cheerfully, "The Reich is everything!"

You know you want to read it. PDF here. It's online, here.
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