The New Adventures of Hitler
- The New Adventures of Hitler
"The New Adventures of Hitler" was a highly controversial comic series written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Steve Yeowell which first appeared in "Cut", a Scottish arts magazine in 1989 before being reprinted in "Crisis" in 1990.
"The New Adventures of Hitler" was a satirical and surreal (one scene has Hitler opening a cupboard to find Morrissey singing "Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now") strip based on the claims of Hitler's sister-in-law Bridget Dowling that Hitler had lived with her, her husband Alois Hitler, Jr., and her son William Patrick Hitler in Liverpool from 1912 to 1913. It first appeared in "Cut", a Scottish arts and culture magazine and became instantly controversial, and some accused Morrison of being a Nazi [http://www.barbelith.com/old/interviews/interview_1.shtml] due to his use of Hitler in what was essentially a humorous story.
The resulting controversy saw Pat Kane, the lead singer of the band Hue and Cry as well as one of the magazine's editors, threaten to walk off the magazine and indulge in a public war of words with Morrison over his intentions with the strip. The debate widened to cover freedom of speech issues and became a nationwide news story when the tabloid newspaper "The Sun" got hold of the story. "The New Adventures of Hitler" completed its run in "Cut" but the controversy continued when the story was reprinted in "Crisis" in 1990.
"Crisis" was a spin off from "2000 AD" which printed more adult-oriented work and "The New Adventures of Hitler" fit in with the themes of the magazine. However the controversy which had surrounded the story in "Cut" continued with the strip's reprinting in "Crisis". The story ran from "Crisis" in issues 46-49 and a proposed collected edition by IPC never appeared. Morrison himself had planned to set up his own imprint to self-publish some of his work, including "The New Adventures of Hitler", but nothing came of the idea. [http://www.popimage.com/profile/morrison/012501_grant3.html]
*Hitler in popular culture
* [http://www.2000adonline.com/?zone=thrill&page=profiles&Comic=Specials&choice=HITLER 2000 AD profile]
* [http://www.grantmorrison.com/ Grant Morrison homepage]
* [http://www.bry.fast.co.za/~stuartm/rave/cypunx/comix/hitler.html Introduction from "Crisis"]
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