Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
It’s Memorial Day in the U.S.: a day when we remember the men and women who have died in service to our country. To those who observe it, have a safe holiday.
Over the weekend, we recorded an interview with Kurt Sasso for the TGT Media podcast. Give it a listen. I think it went pretty well, even if I did get a bit rambly at times.
Come back tomorrow for a new piece of guest art!
Yeah. I kinda expected that from the Friday preview.
Yeah, if you have any familiarity with the Nazis, the coming development won’t be much of a surprise. One of the problems with publishing a page a week is that some plot points are telegraphed long in advance!
I notice that the Lagerkommandant is wearing an SS uniform. My guess is that he’ll be taking them to see what’s *left* of the prisoners…
Writing Nazis can be difficult, because you keep thinking that you’re making them out to be ridiculous, over-the-top, mustache-twirling villains, but then you remember that except for the mustaches, that’s pretty much what they were.
I’m afraid I must disagree. The Nazis were ruthlessly efficient at the task to which they had set themselves. There are a host of reasons why they *lost* the war — some were even their own fault — but if they had had a more competent leadership and that leadership had waited until their armed forces were actually *ready* for war (logistically and technologically they were a good six months to a year behind the curve), they could very well have, at very least, neutralized Britain as a fighting force and conquered the Western half of the Soviet Union. (Hitler never intended to take over the whole of the USSR, he just wanted everything West of the Urals [the prime crop land that would be the Third Reich’s new breadbasket] plus the Caucasian oil fields. Whoever was left in Siberia would be used as fodder to train the Wehrmacht and SS for the “permanent revolution” that would keep the Nazis in power for the next thousand years.)
I’m not sure I understand your disagreement. I don’t think that what you said contradicts what I said…
I suppose that my objection would be to the words “ridiculous” and “over-the-top”. Hitler, Himmler, Göring and Goebbels may, in hindsight, cut “ridiculous” figures in various newsreels and TV shows, but the Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS soldier on the ground with a rifle in hand, or in a tank, or manning a machinegun was, if not invincible, then at least a formidible foe.
I see. I was referring more to their capacity for evil and cruelty.
Gotcha. After all, they *do* have operas which last for days…
(Extra points if you get the reference. 😉 )
Wagner’s Ring Cycle?
Well; it’s part of a quote from Blackadder, but, yes, he meant the Ring cycle.
You say that as though Stalin would have put up with the Nazis stealing part of his country. He had people killed when he merely THOUGHT they were going to betray him.
Stalin was a coward. When he heard the Germans were invading, he literally hid under his desk.
There was no reason the Soviets shouldn’t have kicked Hitler’s ass – and this was actually true of the French as well, who had a bigger army and air force and was better equipped.
In both cases, they were betrayed by their own leaders and the traitors within. Hitler would never had succeeded without “inside help” from those he sought to subjegate.
I shudder to think what would have happened if the U.S. had had the same politicians then as we have now…
“(…)and this was actually true of the French as well, who had a bigger army and air force and was better equipped.”
While I’ll agree that the French had the larger armed forces in terms of personnel (at least on paper — something close to 3/5ths of the French armed forces were actually overseas posted to various French colonies), I have to disagree with you about the “better equipped” part. For example: At the beginning of the war, the most advanced fighter that the French had was the Dewoitine D. 520. In certain ways it was slightly *superior* to the Messerschmitt 109Es that it went up against. Unfortunately, there were only about 430 in service by the time that France fell, against some 1500+ Messerschmitts. In this case, quantity won the battle over quality.
Another example: The Char B1/B1bis tank was one of the heaviest Western-designed tanks built up to that time. (There were larger and heavier tanks built by the Soviets.) It was heavily armored and could stand up to pretty much any gun that the Germans had at the time. Unfortunately it was designed for WWI-style trench warfare and was too heavy and slow to keep up with the faster — if more lightly armed — German tanks that were designed for “blitzkrieg” tactics. In this case, newer tactics and technology had rendered the Char B obsolete.
Just because an army looks good *on paper*, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to function well in actual combat.
“something close to 3/5ths of the French armed forces were actually overseas posted to various French colonies”
Didn’t know that. Guess theirimperial aspirations really cost them (and then again at Dien Bien Phu 13 years later).
There was the Vichy contigent, however…I wonder if things would have played out differently if Petain hadn’t been so quick to kiss up to Der Fuherer…
“Kick in the door, and the whole rotten edifice will collapse!” – Adolf Hitler to his generals on the eve of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941
In order to understand Hitler’s attitude toward Stalin and the “Bolshevist Menace”, it helps to understand Hitler’s “Grand Plan” for making the Western half of the Soviet Union (plus the Caucasus oilfields) part of “Greater Germany”. Hitler’s plan was, as indicated above — to conquer the Western Soviet Union and the oilfields. Period. He didn’t care whether Stalin held onto Siberia — or power, for that matter. In fact, he *WANTED* an enemy that he could wage a permanent war against so that he could keep both the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS constantly training under actual combat conditions, but still far enough away to keep it out of the minds of the German people — except, of course, when he needed to use the “threat” that they presented to stay in power. (Remind you of someone?)
BardCoennius is quite correct that Stalin was a coward (and a less-than-competent military leader); but — give the devil his due — Stalin was, other than when his paranoia and overweening ego got the better of him, a rather astute politician and knew enough to, later in the war at least, appoint competent generals like Zhukov, Timoshenko and others (although he had a rather disasterous blindspot for Cavalry Gen. Semyon Budyonny) and stay out of their way when they were winning. (Unlike Hitler, who did not hesitate to interfere with the High Command, such as when he split Army Group Center on it’s way to Moscow — which probably cost Hitler that city and, arguably, the war.)
I had three uncles who served in WW II (my father was too young, but did serve as an AF medic in Korea), as well as a grandfather who did a stint in the Merchant Marine (his second war – he’d been in the first one as well).
They were indeed the “Greatest Generation.” A shame that the generation that followed have done everything in their power over the past 25-30 years to undo everything they fought for… :_(
President Eisenhower tried to warn us…we should have listened.
Yeah, I really wish America could serve as a shining example again, rather than a punchline.
It’s also worth noting that George Washington had a few things to say about “foreign entanglements” – and Thomas Jefferson warned against having a standing military during peacetime. Except for a continually active Coast Guard, his vision (and what should have been) was to have a citizen militia similar to that of the Swiss.
Switzerland has not been involved in a war in over700 years – and neither do they spend 54% of its national budget on maintaining the military (relatively little of which goes to actually pay those who do the fighting or taking care of them once they get home).
Over the weekend, I endured a long road trip, and along the way I listened to the audio version of Rachel Maddow’s new book Drift. It’s about how our attitude toward war and the use of our military has changed over the last sixty or so years. It was fascinating, and I highly recommend it. I’ll probably read the print version in the near future, since I find it difficult to absorb non-fiction in audio form.
Hey shawn why is that you and al only update once a week,
We get that question a lot. The simple answer is that we’re making the comic as quickly as we can. Each page takes several hours to draw and color, and since Al has a day job and a family, he’s only able to devote a little time each day to working on it. We’d like to be able to update more frequently, but if we did that, the quality of the artwork would suffer, and that’s not a sacrifice we’re willing to make. There are a lot of comics that update once a week these days, so I think we’re working at a fairly reasonable pace.
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