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the history of german comics

From the outset, the political leadership of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) rejected comics and pulp novels as an imperialist form of reading that brutalized children and turned them against socialism. However, up until the construction of the internal German border, beginning with the building of the Berlin Wall, these kinds of books were smuggled into the GDR in large numbers from West Germany. In their fight against comic books, the authorities quickly realized that if they wanted to successfully ban their own children from reading the enticing stories of their political opponents, they would have to satisfy the population’s hunger for entertaining stories. It was therefore decided to create a comic book with clean content, which was consciously apolitical. This was in complete contrast to many other magazines, such as the youth journal ATZE, which was tightly aligned with the party ideologically.
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