Moers, Walter

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(1957-    ) German comics writer/illustrator and author, most of whose early work was in Comics, of greatest sf interest being the Adolf, die Nazisau ["Adolf, the Nazi Pig"] sequence, comprising Adolf (graph 1998) and Adolf, Teil 2 ["Adolf, Part 2"] (graph 1999), a Satirical Alternate History tale in which Hitler and Hermann Goering, who have both survived World War Two, are hired by the American CIA to assassinate various figures, including President Kennedy and Martin Luther King; their ultimate goal is to start World War Three.

Most of Moers's work is fantastical, and can be thought of as contributing to post-War Fantastika (see Germany since 1990), though little of it can be understood as straightforward sf. But there is a heavily foregrounded Equipoisal element in his Zamonia sequence, beginning with Die 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär (1999; trans Alan Brownjohn as The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear 2000) [for subtitle see Checklist below], in which the fantasy adventures of the eponymous magic bear are elucidated through the spoof scientism of Professor Nightingale's Encyclopedia, which (as it were) attempts to reduce the land of Zamonia itself to the mundane: unsuccessfully. Wilde Reise durch die Nacht: Nach einundzwanzig Bildern von Gustave Doré (2001; trans John Brownjohn as A Wild Ride through the Night: Suggested by Twenty-One Illustrations by Gustave Doré 2003), describes the dreamlike event-filled Night Journey [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] of a twelve-year old named Gustave Doré; the events of his wild ride are seen to have inspired Doré's own extravagant illustrations for various works of fantasy, plus (incongruously) the Bible. [JC]

Walter Moers

born Mönchengladbach, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany: 24 May 1957

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Zamonia

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comics (selected)

  • Kleines Arschloch ["Little Asshole"] (Frankfurt, Germany: Vito von Eichborn Gmbh, 1990) [graph: illus/binding unknown/Walter Moers]
  • Adolf (Frankfurt, Germany: Vito von Eichborn Gmbh, 1998) [graph: Adolf, the Nazi Pig: illus/binding unknown/Walter Moers]
  • Adolf, Teil 2 ["Adolf, Part 2"] (Frankfurt, Germany: Vito von Eichborn Gmbh, 1999) [graph: Adolf, the Nazi Pig: illus/binding unknown/Walter Moers]

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