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    Inspired by Slartibuckfast's thread on favourite TV shows, and the upcoming film of
    Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel autobiography "Persepolis",

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/

    I'd like to ask
    if P.ie posters have any favourite comic strips, comic books and graphic novels,
    preferably with a political aspect.

    As a child, I loved the Tintin and Asterix strips, and the Flash Gordon strips
    in Ireland's Own. Later I used read the Victor, with its stalwart WWII patriotism.

    I also discovered DC Thompson's "Commando" and Fleetway's "Battle", which
    had a harder and more cynical take on the war comic (Battle was home to
    Pat Mills' and Joe Colquhoun's superb "Charlie's War", a graphic and powerfully written
    WWI strip, described by Alan Moore as the best war comic ever).

    I also used to occasionally read a super-hero title (Superman, Spiderman,
    Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Oddly, I never really got into "2000AD"-I
    didn't realize Judge Dredd was meant to a be a parody of a
    fascistic policeman. I went through a big Alan Moore phase,reading
    "Watchmen" (Superheroes/Nixon/threat of nuclear war) "V for Vendetta"
    (Costumed Anarchist in a Fascist Britain) and "A Small Killing" (Artist sells
    out to corporatism).

    With regard to newspaper strips, I enjoy reading Doonesbury, Tom Mathews' "Artoon" in the IT,
    as well as Steve Bell's "If" and the "Perry Bible Fellowship".The
    Daily Telegraph's "Matt" and the Times "Nature Notes" are occaisonally
    spot-on too.

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    Is there a psychiatrist in the house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollox
    Is there a psychiatrist in the house?
    Or an adult.
    g4 ... e5
    f3 ... Qh4#

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollox
    Is there a psychiatrist in the house?
    Are you referring to the infamous Doctor Fredric Wertham,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredric_Wertham
    who tried to get comics banned in the 1950s?

    There's nothing childish about Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, or Neil Gaiman either.

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    Watchmen, and V.
    Never let the best be the enemy of the good.

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    Or about Obelix and Asterix books, they're classics.
    The puns in the names such as Unhygenix, Fulliautomatix, Getafix, Obelix, Vitalstatistix, Geriatrix, Bacteria, Impedimenta, and Influenza, are just one example of their brilliance!

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    Bunty.
    Happiness is a dry martini and a good woman … or a bad woman.
    –George Burns

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    Ah the Four Marys..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster
    Bunty.
    Perve.
    Never let the best be the enemy of the good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaleidoscope
    Or about Obelix and Asterix books, they're classics.
    The puns in the names such as Unhygenix, Fulliautomatix, Getafix, Obelix, Vitalstatistix, Geriatrix, Bacteria, Impedimenta, and Influenza, are just one example of their brilliance!
    Yes, very clever use of puns. Much of the reason for Asterix's popularity in the English=speaking
    world is down to the high quality of Anthea Bell's translations. She has an essay about the
    plucky little Gaul here;

    http://www.asterix-international.de/ast ... y_love.htm

    More politics: In the 1950s, characters like Asterix and Dan Dare were created by
    Europeans worried that American comic books would threaten their culture and
    morality.Dan Dare's Eagle comic, for instance, was envisioned as a wholesome
    alternative to the horror comics Wertham was worried about.*

    *I'm sure I read a story that Archbishop McQuaid disliked the "Eagle" comic
    and tried to have it banned. Anyone know if this is true?

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