Monday, 10 April 2017
Hansi - The Girl Who Loved The Swastika
Well, we were always gonna get here eventually.
Hansi - The Girl Who Loved The Swastika, if you didn't know, was published by Spire Christian Comics, part of a long running series of uplifting comic literature / propaganda only sold through Church outlets.
Spire did kiddies comics, bible stories, autobiographical book adaptations and a weird subspecies of Archie comics, where Betty lectured the Riverdale gang about the Good News coming their way.
Hansi was adapted from Maria Anne Hirschman's semi-autobiographical novel by Archie artist Al Hartley, who had recently become born again, and did most of Spire's subsequent output.
Hansi looks like a regular comic, but it certainly doesn't feel like one, though there is a sort of Marvel Classic Comics vibe about the way it zips through the material. Weirdly, it reminds me of all those Nazi exploitation video nasty movies from the early '80's, like Ilsa, She-Wolf Of The SS, being alternately shocking AND boring. Or maybe that's just me.
Did Spire make it to the UK, anyone know? I feel like I'd've come across them if they had, and picked up anything that even vaguely looked like a comic, but I don't ever recall seeing them. And I'd defintely've remembered reading Hansi.