The 650-Cent Plague

The 650-Cent Plague

Event review: Craving for New Images, Berlin

Whenever there’s an exhibition having a (sub)title like “From Broadsheet to Comic Strip”, issue when it comes to comic aficionado is: exactly how much comics can there be actually? As a brief history museum, the purpose of the Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM) is always to show how printed pictures changed the way in which tips are communicated (with a concentrate on sensational news, propaganda, and training, the 3 parts when the event is organised). Therefore the exhibits period from belated medieval woodcuts to provide time governmental cartoons, and such a wide time period will leave small space for comics, needless to say. (There’s also a marked but neither exclusive nor emphasis that is explicit Germany. )

Nevertheless, some products on display are noteworthy in this context. The earliest are broadsheet image stories through the century that is mid-nineteenth possibly not exactly comics yet, but see Andreas Platthaus’s analysis of just one of them in the opening message that has been also posted in English.

Close to them we now have a little part of very very early newspaper that is american strips (shown as facsimiles), and within it there’s the highlight of this entire show: two Katzenjammer youngsters episodes, translated into German and posted in Lustige Blatter des Morgen-Journals in 1905 and 1908 (! ), correspondingly. Not quite because early yet still remarkable is just a German gathered book version of Felix the Cat from 1927.

Famous but seldom exhibited is Pablo Picasso’s etching that is two-part Sueno y mentira de Franco (1937), additionally mentioned by Platthaus.

By the end associated with education part you will find three types of the best-selling comic mags in postwar Germany: Micky Maus #1 (a duplicate associated with the valuable initial mag is on display), Fix und Foxi from 1956 (original drawings by Werner Hierl plus published pages) and section of a 1974 Digedags tale from Mosaik (drawings + published pages). Continue reading “The 650-Cent Plague”