One of Japanā€™s most famous living cartoonists, Shigeru Mizuki is a master manga artist with an incredible talent for highly animated characters, richly detailed environments, and captivating stories rooted in Japanese history and mythology. Drawn & Quarterly has been translating and reprinting Mizukiā€™s manga in handsome English editions since 2011, and after recently concluding the Showa series chronicling the history of Japan from 1926 to 1989, D&Q is releasing another one of Mizukiā€™s historical manga. Shigeru Mizukiā€™s Hitler is Zack Davissonā€™s translation of Gekiga Hittorā, Mizukiā€™s biography of Adolf Hitler originally published in 1971, an intensely researched, impeccably rendered exploration of the dictatorā€™s rise and fall from power.

Hitting comic shops this week, itā€™s an essential piece for Mizuki fans, but also a stirring introduction for new readers to the work of a manga pioneer. This preview highlights Mizukiā€™s visual storytelling as it shows Hitlerā€™s time in the prison where he wrote Mein Kampf and the his political manipulation when his sentence ends. Mizuki captures Hitlerā€™s grandiose self-image with his full-page illustration of Hitler slaying a dragon after finishing his manifesto, but that fantasy image is a stark contrast to how Mizuki draws Hitler in reality: dopey, sad, and often pathetic. Hitler looks distraught even when heā€™s whistling with pleasure, suggesting that its impossible for the man to be truly happy when so much of his life is fueled by hate.

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