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 aficionado that is comic: exactly how much comics is there actually? As a brief history museum, the goal of the Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM) is to show just how printed pictures changed just how tips are communicated (with a concentrate on sensational news, propaganda, and education, the 3 parts where the event is organised). Hence the displays period from belated medieval woodcuts to provide time governmental cartoons, and this type of wide timeframe actually leaves small room for comics, needless to say. (There’s also a marked but neither exclusive nor explicit focus on Germany. )

Nevertheless, some things on display are noteworthy in this context. The earliest are broadsheet photo tales through the mid-nineteenth century – possibly not exactly comics yet, but see Andreas Platthaus’s analysis of 1 of them in the opening message that was additionally posted in English.

Close to them we’ve a little part of very very early newspaper that is american strips (shown as facsimiles), and within it there’s the highlight associated with entire show: two Katzenjammer youngsters episodes, translated into German and posted in Lustige Blatter des Morgen-Journals in 1905 and 1908 (! ), respectively. Continue reading “The 650-Cent Plague”