an honorable german

triforce06  asked:

Do you have any good recommendations for old comics? I would love to get into them but honestly I have no idea where to start.

The Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Fantastic Four was the towering achievement of the 1960s and my favorite comic of all time. Their current shabby treatment by their parent company is inexcusable; Marvel was built by Fantastic Four. FF is my favorite comic ever because it is “hot” and “cold” at the same time, a balancing act that is hard to do in science fiction. It has far out scifi adventures like shrinking to explore a world inside an atom or fighting Galactus the World Devourer, or a villain as melodramatic as Doctor Doom…but we believe in it because of how grounded it is in a real world, with wisecracking, warm characters we like. Every FF story ends in some far out way, but we believe it because of how it starts with something everyday, like the Thing buying hot dogs in Central Park while walking with his girlfriend. It’s like Stan discovered the formula for Coca-Cola; it’s very, very, very hard to tell a bad Fantastic Four story. Sure, FF is great, but it gets ultra-great starting around issue 43, and has an unbroken string of the greatest stories ever for 40 issues: the Coming of Galactus, the introduction of the Black Panther, the introduction of the Inhumans, Doctor Doom stealing the Silver Surfer’s powers (what a shocker that was).

Joe Kubert’s Enemy Ace comic is maybe the best war book ever written, about an honorable German flying ace in World War I. Hans von Hammer had noble and chivalrous instincts: he saluted enemies even after he killed them, and refused to shootan unarmed foe. He once befriended a wolf in the Black Forest, because the both of them were killers, and that wolf was his only real friend. He was the ultimate example of how war shapes even decent men into killers.

Russ Manning’s Magnus Robot Fighter is a crackerjack action-scifi comic that has aged better, not worse since the 1960s, because it’s all about the terror of a society that is overmechanized and under surveillance, where you hate machines but also need them and can’t get rid of them. The fully detailed, realized science fiction world of North Am is what makes it so interesting. Magnus is the Defiant Man in a screwy world; I wonder why John Carpenter never took an interest in making Magnus Robot Fighter as a movie, it would so fit his sensibilities.

If you ask guys who were around for it what they like about Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar, you get the same answer if you asked a wired little kid why they like sugar and caffeine. It was one of the first and best of the “creator owned, adult scifi comics” to come around in the early 1980s, with Vance Dreadstar leading rebels against an Empire. There’s also some bizarre Moorcock inspired mysticism at work. Best of all, Dreadstar is now widely available and reprinted; you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Speaking of adult oriented scifi comics, check out Alan Zelenetz’s Alien Legion. It’s about a futuristic French Foreign Legion made up of convicts, drifters, cutthroats, and criminals from across the known planets. The Legionnaires are expendable and are often sent on suicide missions, political objectives are often at odds with military ones, and a lot of them talk about desertion at times.

Star Brand by Jim Shooter is maybe the only comic that ever did anything interesting with the dead end idea, what would a superhero look like in the real world? It’s a comedy about how we never live up to our potential. When the hero comes back to earth from space, he finds he gets incredibly lost and can’t find his hometown. When he tries to stop a hostage crisis, he realizes that even with powers, he wonders what he could really do that wouldn’t make things worse or escalate the situation. It’s the people that make it worth it: our hero has conflicted feelings about two women, one a single mom, and the other is a girl that loves him, but so much that it doesn’t feel healthy.

Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer is a great retro comic, but the selling point is something that never entirely made it into the film adaptation: it’s all about the sex appeal of good looking girls. I once asked an art teacher of mine what it would take to make a living as an artist, and he told me, “draw good looking girls. If you can, you will never be out of work.” Well, Dave Stevens could, and he’d still be doing it today if not for his tragic passing.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to cry a lot (”sad is happy for deep people”), check out Strikeforce: Morituri, an early 80s comic with a fascinating premise. In order to fight off an alien invasion, a means of giving people superpeople is created, but it has a horrible cost: it gives you only a year to live. It’s all about mortality, nobility, and sacrifice and is really melancholic. Essentially, every single character has a terminal illness. 

Die Gorch Fock is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). She is the second ship of that name as a sister ship of the Gorch Fock built in 1933. Both are named in honor of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym “Gorch Fock” and died in the battle of Jutland/Skagerrak in 1916. The modern-day Gorch Fock was built in 1958 and had undertaken 146 cruises by 2006, including a tour around the world in 1988. She is under the command of the Naval Academy in Flensburg-Mürwik.

How to honor Odin Regularly

- Regularly keep sage and sandalwood incense in your house

- When drinking something offer a little bit of alcohol in a bowl

- When traveling greet his world and stay humble, he is a grey wanderer as well.

- When you see a raven or black bird, greet him and smile. He is watching you :)

- When traveling somewhere new, smile and thank him for your safe journey and greet him for your safe return when you go home.

mr-fujita  asked:

Hi there, Thanks for the nice blog you have. I would like to ask you if you know this story I heard about. Some details might be wrong but I heard about a single KV-2 holding a village from an entire Panzer Division, as the Germans din't know that Tank. Regards.

yeah it happened at the Battle of Raseiniai 

here’s what it says on wikipedia:

“A KV-1 or KV-2 tank (accounts vary) advanced far behind the German lines after attacking a column of German trucks. The tank stopped on a road across soft ground and was engaged by four 50 mm anti-tank guns of the 6th Panzer Division’s anti-tank battalion. The tank was hit multiple times by these guns but fired back, disabling all four guns. A heavy 88 mm gun of the division’s anti-aircraft battalion was moved about 730 metres (800 yd) behind the tank but was knocked out by the tank before it could score a hit. During the night, German combat engineers attempted to destroy the tank with satchel charges, but were unable to, despite possibly damaging the tracks. Early on the morning of 25 June, German tanks fired on the KV from the woodland while an 88 mm targeted the tank from its rear. Of several shots fired, only two penetrated the tank. German infantry then advanced, with the KV opening machine-gun fire against them. The tank’s resistance was finally ended by grenades thrown into the tank’s hatches. According to some accounts, the crew was buried by the German soldiers with full military honors; in other accounts, the crew escaped during the night. General Erhard Raus was Commander of the 6th Panzer Division’s Kampfgruppe, the unit delayed by the lone vehicle. He described it as a KV-1, which was damaged by several 88 anti-tank gun shots fired from behind the vehicle while it was distracted by Panzer 35(t) tanks from Panzer Battalion 65, and the KV-1 crew were killed by pioneer engineer unit who pushed grenades through two holes made by the gun while the turret began moving again, the other five or six shots having not fully penetrated. Apparently, the KV-1 crew had remarkably only been stunned by the shots which had entered the turret. Afterwards, they were buried nearby with military honors by the German unit.” 

so basically

Since we’re celebrating people who punch Nazis I want to introduce people to Beate Klarsfeld.  As much as we want to celebrate Captain America for his Nazi punching history this woman is a real hero dedicated her life to hunting Nazis, exposing public figures hiding their Nazi pasts, and whose family faced assassination attempts themselves (not merely bomb threats but actual bombs).  

She became famous for slapping German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger in 1968 shouting “Nazi Resign!”  Kiesinger had joined the Nazi party in 1933 after they came to power but had been a relatively inactive member and he had associations with other former members of the Nazi party in politics.  

She traveled the world and generally made herself a nussance for those who wished to close the door on searching for those who brought about the deaths of innocents.  Today she and her husband are holders of honors from the French, German and Israeli governments for their efforts to bring nazis to justice.

She’s 77 now.  I bet you she’d still punch a nazi if given half the chance.

Schillerplatz in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany. It’s a square in the old city center of Stuttgart, named in honor of the German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist Friedrich Schiller.

The House of German Education (Haus der Deutschen Erziehung) in Bayreuth was the headquarters and training center for the Nationalsozialistischen Lehrerbunds, National Socialist Teachers Federation.

This statue is by Willi Hoselmann and once resided in the “Hall of Honor of the German Mother” but was destroyed by the bombings on the 10th and 11th of April in 1945. After the war it was reconstructed (poorly, in my humble opinion).

anonymous asked:

how much do you think Catubodua and the Morrígna can be considered the same class of entities? would it make sense to treat her as one of the group alongside Macha and Anu, or at least as an alternate name for one ore more of the Queens?

Well, they’re all goddesses, so in that sense they’re the same class.  They also share roots in function and name.  Otherwise, this is a really complicated question and I’ll do my best, but I’m not an Irish Studies scholar and most of what I say probably has contradicting evidence, not to mention some UPG, so YMMV and I invite other people to add/correct.

It can be argued either way, depending on the reasons you’re grouping them together.  I personally don’t think it would make sense to consider her one of the Queens in quite the same way as those like Macha and Anu because:

  • Cathubodua is Gaulish while the others are Irish, so an Irish-language title wouldn’t necessarily make sense for her, imo
  • Cathubodua is also older (or at least has been known to humankind for longer) so technically it’d be more accurate to ask if na Morrígna are alternate names for her, ha
  • Given the progression of the Celtic-speaking peoples’ histories and how they diverged, I consider them very separate entities that served/serves distinct purposes for their specific group of people, and so I wouldn’t use her name interchangeably, no

On the other hand, she isn’t not one of the Queens, considering she’s a predecessor and there’s a strong linguistic tie between Cathubodua and Badb Catha specifically. Cathubodua’s name is partially reconstructed, attested once in western France, although there’s a potentially related attestation to a “Victoria Cassibodua” honored “from a nearby Germanic location” (Ravenna 128). “According to some scholars, the names of deities such as Baduhenna and Cathubodua will have been recognizable by members of both Celtic and Germanic tribal groups well into the late Iron Age, and represent evidence of parallel cult development of cultural diffusion between neighboring tribes.”   Morpheus Ravenna also writes in The Book of the Great Queen, “Several inscriptions have been found in Gaul and Britain dedicated to Goddesses by names meaning ‘Great Queen’ or variants on this theme” (124).

Thing is, the Celtic-speaking people on both the continent and the isles tended to localize their deities.  A war goddess for one group of people might be similar to another group’s war goddess but could have a different name and even different lore inspired by changing geographic, political, economic, and social pressures.  Are they manifestations of the same deity worshiped by the groups’ shared ancestors, or are the different names, lore, and rituals enough to make them separate goddesses?  Or maybe they’re separate spirits but both come from a collective of spirits to which we humans give singular names, not unlike the way a single company is composed of multiple departments and employees operating under a single mission statement?  If that makes sense.  But this comes down to your own understanding of polytheism; I’m a hard polytheist and I experience the Queens as separate individuals, not aspects of one, but others feel the opposite.

For practical purposes, when discussing function, I would consider Cathubodua a kind of Morrígan.  It’s not an accident that many devotees of one of the Morrígna have encountered her, and she is a predecessor.  But I wouldn’t add her to the list of names like the Morrígan/Morrígu, Badb Catha, Macha, Fea, Anu, Nemain, or Bé Neit, all of whom are specific to Ireland, nor would I consider her interchangeable with any of them.  I do feel that there’s…something there between Cathubodua and Badb Catha, as though Cathubodua is on one end of a spectrum, the other Queens on the other side, and Badb is somewhere in between.  Unfortunately I’m not sure how to qualify that in a clearer way and it relies a lot on my own UPG, so.

I hope this answers your questions adequately.  D:  @thebloodybones has a tag for her a GaulPol page that might be useful, and the Coru Cathubodua Priesthood has a short paragraph about her on their site here.


So I’m going through the WW tag right now, and I’ve seen two separate posts calling the Germans in the movie Nazis… Except, the movie took place in World War ONE! The Nazis didn’t emerge until 1920 and WW1 ended in 1918. So while you could argue that the General and Dr. Poison were likely nationalists, they weren’t really Nazis because Nazis weren’t a thing yet. Now you might point to the Iron Cross some of the soldiers were wearing except, those weren’t really invented by Nazi Germany. That was just an honor bestowed on Germans well before World War One ever happened, in fact it was a thing before Germany was a thing.
And furthermore to say any of the characters in the film were Nazis kind of ignores the point of the movie happening in World War I. The guys we’re fighting in the movie aren’t supposed to be the genocidal fascists of WW2 that we still fight in some forms to this day, they’re just guys who’re on the opposite side of a pointless awful war.
So yeah, the Germans in Wonder Woman aren’t Nazis. Literally no one in this movie would know what a Nazi is because the Nazis do not exist yet.

I tried and failed so hard at SV12 rendering Tumblr! 😭

Originally posted by lilium

Sooo… I wanted to get rid of some glitches in my 1997 edit of Guts vs. 100 men for GMP analysis that Windows Movie Maker couldn’t fix, but was easy peasy in Sony Vegas. Alas, the file that was produced was 4X the size of the original and Fate/Einzbern will still be rendering to mp4 until around 1:00am. 

I started rendering around 1:00am. The estimated processing time was 8 hours. The estimate was wrong.

So. Assuming it doesn’t take 16 hours to upload, we can call tomorrow Magecraft Mittwoch in honor of the tragic German protagonists of the Fate/Einzbern remix film.

I’m so sorry my sweet Sharrkan! You’re the second most developed character in Sindria (and by extension, the Magiverse) behind Sinbad.

Also Yukishiro Tomoe was a BAMF spymistress with nerves of steel, and the last episode of Trigun makes it shockingly clear just how alien Vash and Knives are. Also Vash totally should have brained his brother when he had the chance. His hangup could be um… never wanting to have to kill a single person again? Is the specific destruction of July the only way he could end up a wanted man? I mean, it’s no Angel Arm disaster, but he does have a knack for ensuring places get totalled when he passes through, especially if his brother is bored…

*sigh* Countless fictional human lives or plot for Trigun to work with: take your pick!