Mickey Mouse comics drawn by concentration camp prisoner


16 Responses to “Mickey Mouse comics drawn by concentration camp prisoner”

  1. TTrumble says:

    Like a proto “Maus”. Facinating.

  2. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Cory, this post reminded me of my treasured copy of “Kriegie Cartoons” – a wonderful book of drawings and reminiscences by Art Starratt, who was imprisoned at Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany.

    I just did a Google search and much to my surprise I find that Art Starratt is apparently still alive (or at least he was in 2002). I am going to write to him.

    Thanks for the poke! How serendipitous!

    • Anonymous says:

      My dad was in Stalag Luft I. Is this book something that was commercially published? I wonder if it’s the same guy who did the cartoons in BEHIND BARBED WIRE.

      • Ito Kagehisa says:

        I’ve got “Kriegie Cartoons” in my lap. You can see a scan of the cover (Welcome to Pow Camp Stalag Luft I Barth Germany) at the top of this web page: http://homepage.mac.com/gbryan/POW/5th.html

        My earlier post was incorrect. Art Starrat was a veteran of Stalag Luft I, but isn’t the author of KC. The wonderful cartoons in the book were drawn by Flight Sgt. Budgen of the RAF, prisoner of war for three years, and Squadron Leader B. Arct, Belgian flier attached to the RAF.

        My copy is a middling-large hardcover, marked “lithographed in the United States of America, Edwards and Broughton Company, Raleigh, NC” with no publication date.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would have been freed in 2003, but daddy Walt bribed some Congressmen to lock me away for another 20. Goofy and Donald would have gotten out this summer. Pluto this year. At night, I dream of dancing on the cultural commons. ‘Gurs’ could have been just the start. But in the harsh light of day, locked in my stinking workhouse cell, it’s hard to remain hopeful.

    Mickey M

  4. Anonymous says:

    wow thats cool!! i didnt know they had paper and colored pencils to draw!!

  5. thequickbrownfox says:

    Like Virgil as the guide in Dante’s “Divine Comedy”?

    Nice touch, but what would Walt do?

  6. Kozmund says:

    Man…I wish you had used concentration camp “victim” instead of “prisoner,” as I was assuming a slightly less tragic ending.

    After reading the bummer description to the end and going to the link, now I also wish that you’d specified that the content was in the public domain but you were linking to a site where it’s difficult to get at the actual content (in a manner that’s useful for people that like public domain stuff) and that won’t work for protective Firefox users under Linux (at least for me, it’s illegible, and idiotically flash based.)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Takedown Hall of Shame, Disney? In 3, 2, 1…

  8. failix says:

    Possibly an inspiration for Art Spiegelman’s Maus?

  9. Richard Kirk says:

    When I followed the link, the page had the cartoon about the concentration camp on the left. On the right were a set of adverts for “Weight loss Boot Camp”, “Children’s Summer Camps”, “Camping under Canvas”…

    These computers have a dark sense of humour.

  10. Hayles says:

    What surprised me was the color, I had somehow expected pencil drawings. Very moving.

  11. Pantograph says:

    Cease and desist letter by Disney lawyers in 3..2..1…

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