The Two-Hundred-Tenth Greatest Panel in the History of Comics

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Oh my god, is there anything that isn't awful about this? Plastic Man is choking a chief with a peace pipe, a brave is running out of a teepee, wielding a stone tomahawk, and there's a war dance going on in the background.

If that weren't bad enough, there is - for absolutely no reason - a Swastika on the side of the teepee. Are these Nazi Injuns?

What is going on?

And how sad is it that The Spirit feels he has to beg for your attention from a corner of the cover?


Anonymous said...

Funny/horrible historical note. There were actually some native american groups (most notibly the fascist leaning AFI) who were very sympathetic to Nazi Germany. Why, you ask? Because Hitler was heavily influenced by German westerns that portrayed native Americans (correctly) as noble victims of US genocide and exploitation. He actually considered them (or at very least the Navajo) full blooded Aryans! This sounds too ridiculous to be true but it is.

In fact he fully expected a native american uprising when/if the US joined the war and promised them their territory back if Germany won. Unfortunately for him 99% of native Americans knew he was crazy/evil - but that might be the cause of the swastica in the picture - though why they are dressed up like its the 18th century is another thing entirely.

busterggi said...

Anonymous is right though offhand I can't remember the name of the Native American Nazi organization.

As for the swastika, it was used as a solar symbol by a number of First Nations tribes and often showed up on blankets, rugs, ceremonial clothing & such.

It was also a general symbol of good luck in the US until WWII - loads of antique lucky pieces out there with swastikas on them, even the Boy Scouts used it.