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Lord Horror #5

Hard Core Horror 3—
Horror Time for Hitler
(Wir Nichts Wissen Können)


Script—David Britton

Art—Kris Guidio / John Coulthart

1990

A Savoy Ionesco Psychodrama Production

52pp

ISBN 086130 080 7

Hard Core Horror 3

'And so long as you haven't experienced this: to die and so to grow, you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.'

Goethe, The Holy Longing

1939: The eve of war. Lord Horror broadcasts on the BBC with Arthur Askey and makes love to Jessie Matthews one last time before heading for Berlin. While James Joyce razors policemen in Soho, Horror begins his broadcasts for the Nazis as the bombs start falling. Horror and Unity Mitford indulge a homicidal passion and Adolf Hitler gives the Lord a new assignment—broadcasts from Auschwitz.

A stark work, the grey tones and fine shading of the previous issues are pushed aside and Black And White comes to the fore, as befits a story of moral and political Manichaeanism. Horror's journey through the heart of National Socialist darkness is rendered as an unholy miscegenation between Aubrey Beardsley and Leni Riefenstahl, Guidio's art reinforced once again with Expressionist iconography from Coulthart.

Also includes text stories by David Britton: The Lung In Niggertown, The Lung Of God and The Lung Of Dreams.


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Reviews

"David Britton's preoccupation with the unpleasant realities and absurdities of our recent history are shot through with cross-media, literary and minutely local references, lightly seasoned with camp humour and a little personal bitching. All this realised in Kris Guidio's powerful doom-laden decorative and explicit art demands that you pay attention to this product."

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"The scope of Britton's achievement bears justifiable comparison with Hans Jürgen Syberberg's magnum film opus, Hitler: A Film from Germany. There, too, there is an exacting cultural reclamation of theme and material previously considered intractable to creative expression."

COLIN DE SUINN, Speakeasy

 

"A base, sordid, corrupting evil that perverts our nation... It is a so-called 'comic' book of filth and degradation in the name of art."

SUNDAY SPORT

 

"A considerable achievement in graphic art."

BYRON ROGERS, The Sunday Telegraph

 

"The Lord Horror comics certainly go beyond the bounds of public decency. They should be banned."

TEDDY TAYLOR, Tory MP

 

"A rapacious alternate history of Lord Haw-Haw filled with violence and vitriol."

DOUGLAS E WINTER

 

"The artwork is dizzyingly forceful, standing head and shoulders above almost all other comics."

RUSS KICK, Psychotropedia

 

"Executed (by Kris Guidio) in a Beardsleyesque 'yellow' manner—showers of blood and offal mingling deliriously with art nouveau backgrounds; eroticism and elegance merging seamlessly with ultraviolence and sadism."

D M MITCHELL, Rapid Eye 2 (1995 edition)

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