Friday, November 22, 2013

Putting the Hysteria in History

Friday Comic Book Day.

All of Timely's great used to work on these 'history stories' in the war books. Here is a pre-code sample by Dick Ayers.


K. said...

Funny you'd call it "hysteria". While this speech is fictional, there were similar that were real. Here's one, also from WW1: "Soldiers, exactly at three o'clock, the enemy is to be crushed by your fierce charge, destroyed by your grenades and bayonets. The honor of Belgrade, our capital, must not be stained. Soldiers! Heroes! The supreme command has erased our regiment from its records. Our regiment has been sacrificed for the honor of Belgrade and the Fatherland. Therefore, you no longer need to worry about your lives: they no longer exist. So, forward to glory! For the King and the Fatherland! Long live the King, Long live Belgrade!"

Ger Apeldoorn said...

It was more of a pun than an opinion, I have to say. But even the speech you quote has something more likely to induce laughtre than devotion to me. Still, it may be Shakeperan in it's lyrical quality in the original language.