Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Retro babe "...forget about clothes - you brought the maracas!.."
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Panzer Marder II
Looks like the divisional symbol of the 3'rd Panzer Division has been applied to this Marder II, visible next to the crewman on the right.
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Monday, March 30, 2009

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Wallace Wood 1927-81

Finished reading Bhob Stewart's Against the Grain: MAD artist Wallace Wood, a fascinating (if ultimately tragic...) journey though the life and work of one of comicdom's greatest artists.

Bhob Stewart also operates a blog with loads of Wallace Wood related material plus a multitude of other interesting links.

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Retro babe"...nice fur coat..."
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Panzer Tiger I, Ausf E
Moving down the line.
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Friday, March 27, 2009

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Check out the latest additions at my DeviantArt gallery - brush and ink fiesta!

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Retro babe"...nice get up..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschutz III, Ausf G
A Stug unit being transferred by rail.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Retro babe"...nice setup..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 7 mit FLAK 18
Not a panzer technically, but the famous "88" gun (originally designed for anti aircraft use) and its distinctive towing half track deserves a space here.
The FLAK 18 was the original version of the gun, produced before the Nazi takeover and developed into the more commonly seen FLAK 36 and FLAK 37.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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get it...get a lot of it... at Danish Royal Watchers

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Retro babe"...nice laigs..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschutz III, Ausf G
A group of Stugs moving out. Note the custom-made storage racks on the rear decks.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Continuing the EXPO series with a great photo set on Flickr documenting EXPO 67 (the largest world's fair so far and held in Montreal, Canada)

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What's up at YouTube: Amateur movie EXPO 67
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Retro babe"...now I've even met ol' Liz..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf C
Note the motorcyclist standing in front of the 251 on the right side,wearing goggles on his helmet and the Kradmantel ("motorcycle coat") a specially designed greatcoat made from rubberized material which could be tied around the legs for extra warmth and protection against the weather.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

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If you are in Copenhagen this week check out the videos from
60 seconds Short Film Festival

Videos will be shown on the video screens at nine of the Copenhagen Metrostations from 8 - 9 PM, 23 - 28 march 2009.

but why Lennard?...

- because they have included a video by meeeeeee : Empired

And I'm included in the ten videos competing for a 5.000 DKR Prize!

Vote for me HERE!
(if you do, I might win - and then you can hang out with a winner!)

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Retro babe"...yes, you have to fully undress for examinations at a private hospital, it makes it easyer for us to take you to the cleaners..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschutz III, Ausf A
The men are wearing the very rare field grey panzer berets for self-propelled artillery crews. The berets covered a rubber cushioned crash helmet but turned out to be highly unpopular with the crews and from 1940 were replaced by the standard German Army sidecap.
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Friday, March 20, 2009



During WWII the German Armed forces operated the "PK" or Propaganda kompanie which were groups of photographers, journalists, and camera men sent to the various fronts to document the war. They took over two million photos from 1939-45 which were often published in the Third Reich propaganda magazine Signal

After the war the photos were placed in the Bundesarchiv in Koblentz, Germany which operate a website where you can browse them online.

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Retro babe"...nice colours..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschutz III, Ausf G
Nasty weather for these stug men. Note the "kill rings" on the barrel.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

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at bxzzines.blogspot.com you can dig into a dizzying world of pop culture magazines and comicbooks.
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Retro babe"...Ava..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf B
A Panzer II serving with a panzer training and replacement unit surrenders in Denmark on May 5, 1945.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Retro babe"...nice Bikini..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 251/1
Advancing armoured units, Russia 1941-42. Note how mud has been smeared on surfaces of the 251 and the panzer III in the background, to make the vehicles blend in better with the colours of the terrain.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Retro babe"...a colourful character..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf E
A group of German infantry men catch a ride to the front lines. Note the mortar which has been split up in pieces and distributed to the troopers (man on the far left carries the barrel)
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Monday, March 16, 2009

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With the ongoing war in Copenhagen between biker gangs and immigrant gangs over control of the hash market, it's nice to think about what some of that drug money is spend on (don't look at me, I quit my habit years ago...)
- perhaps it be ye tasteful creations like the skull bike

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Retro babe"...nice bracelet..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw I, Ausf A
Probably photographed during pre-WWII manoeuvres.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

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Brother Juniper and the Beggar by Esteban Murillo

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Retro babe"...nice couple..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf E
Note the divisional symbol of the elite Grossdeutschland division painted on the front armour plate (a Wehrmacht helmet in profile). Also note the horseshoe placed for good luck.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

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The Swiss pavillion

Dig the futuristic visions of Japan's 1970 EXPO

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Retro babe"...nice powerpoints..."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf A
A couple of early production Ausf A's with a pretty salty looking crew. Most of these men would have been in their early twenties at the time.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Retro babe"...nice rug..."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf A
Some seriously bad roads, most likely in Russia late 1943 or early 1944. This is an early ausf A which lacked the machine gun ball-mount in the front armour plate.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Retro babe"...hmm, this must be the front..."
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Panzer Jagdpanther
A late production Jagdpanther (identifiable by the large bolted on "collar" around the gun mount) Judging from the crew members in winter camouflage uniforms it was most likely photographed in late 1944 or early 1945.
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Monday, March 09, 2009

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Get yer' animation, cartoon and comic book history at the excellent : ASIFA-Hollywood Animation archive

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Retro babe"...nice side..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf B
Note the custom made rack on the rear deck for storing jerrycans.
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Friday, March 06, 2009

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Some time during my late teens (mid-1980s) - as I was developing the idea of an "artistic personae" (come on, lots of people do it!..) I decided to adopt a simple signature symbol.

Above all, it had to be something I could use for signing my drawings, but the type of "artsy" handwritten signature used by greats like Walt Disney, Andy Warhol or Picasso seemed a bit too pretentious to me.

Given my keen interest in WWII, and my love for the band Joy Division, I looked to the sinister world of the Nazi concentration camps for inspiration (this was where Joy Division had found their name - allegedly used for the Auschwitz brothel...)

So, I came up with this;




A black triangle...

It was simple and easy to draw, and I thought it looked cool too.


I had discovered that in the concentration camps, prisoners were identified not by their name, gender, or even race, but by the nature of the crime which had put them there...

A system of coloured triangles had been created which the prisoners had to wear stitched to the breast of their uniforms. Each colour represented a specific type of "crime group" and the only exception to this rule were the Jewish prisoners who wore the Star of David - two yellow triangles intersected...

so,


if you were in a concentration camp and wore a black triangle, you were:

an asocial element

meaning;

-Alcoholics
-Intellectuals
-Pacifists
-Conscription resisters
-The habitually "work-shy"
-Prostitutes
-Vagrants and beggars
-Roma/ Gypsies (later given a brown triangle)
-The mentally retarded
-The mentally ill
-Anarchists.
-Aristocrats (...)


These characters were apparently not too popular in a nationalist, socialist "people's state" so they were locked up behind a gate with that famous sign on top saying "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work makes you free)

I liked the obvious (to me..), parallels between the Nazi camps and my own experiences of living in a (post) socialist-protestant welfare state deadlocked by recession and mass-unemployment, and I've been using the black triangle signature ever since.


(Horst Wessel Lied played with a flute and bongos, then drum roll)

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Retro babe"...Ach so!..powder blue triangle - exotic dancers..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw I, Ausf A
A pre-WWII photo. I have no explanation for the flag mounted on the Panzer I, maybe it was used for war games or manoeuvres.
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Thursday, March 05, 2009

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Dig the fiery cover art of Mexican publication historietas perversas

(from Ryan's Neat Stuff)
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Retro babe "...well..I've already GOT an assistant, but..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf D
The pennant with a black square hanging from the rear end of the mudguard signals that there are dead bodies inside this panzer.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

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Retro babe "..check..."
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Panzer Tiger I, mid production
A Tiger crew poses proudly on their "mount" before they ship out. Especially on the Eastern front, the elite Tiger units were used as emergency "fire brigades" and rushed between shifting sections of the front to stop enemy breakthroughs. Note the large custom-made storage box fitted to the rear armour plate.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

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Retro babe"...you've got swing, baby!.."
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Panzer Sdkfz 252/1, Ausf C
Most likely serving with the Africakorps. Note how the sand yellow paint applied to vehicles dispatched to Africa has worn off on the upper surface of the 251, enabling us to see the original dark grey covering. Also note the extra racks for mounting jerry cans with water and fuel.
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Monday, March 02, 2009

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R.I.P Peter Rindal, 1923-2009

Rindal became famous in 1965 when he organized a protest (at the factory where he worked as chief store room attendant) against the newly created Danish Arts Foundation.

Rindal opposed the idea that the state should finance art - especially modern abstract art.

His exposure in the media led to a surge of support across Denmark, which was named "Rindalism" - representing an opposition to tax financed Modern Art that seemed meaningless to "the common man".

Rindal joined Fremskridtspartiet (The Progress Party) and became their representative on the board of representatives at The Danish Arts Foundation. He held this position 1981-97.

He was always keen to point out that he was not an "art hater" but simply against the idea that the taxpayers should finance art. In his view, creating art was a trade like any other and should compete on the same terms. He supported state financing of public libraries and for the restoration of historic buildings.

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Retro babe"...artistic indeed!.."
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Panzer Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf C.
Note the tactical marking of a mobile infantry unit on the front armour plate (later in the war, halftrack-equipped units would receive their own tactical sign) Above it is the unit marking of the 3'rd Panzer Division, as used 1939-41.
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