Swipe File: Stan Lee's Comikaze And The Third Reich

Stan Lee is is the child of Jewish immigrant parents, and he served in World War II with the military classification of "playwright", one of only nine men to do so, from 1942 until 1945. In comics both before the war and afterwards, he would write plenty of anti-Nazi propaganda in comic book form.

Which probably makes this Swipe File even more awkward. The comic convention Stan Lee's Comikaze was held this past weekend, with the following logo.

Which bears a peculiar similarity to this famous French wartime caricature of Herr Hitler with his own octopus tentacles.


In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn't judge, it's interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.


About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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