Dobrý voják Švejk a komiks
THE GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK AND HIS FORTUNES IN THE WORLD WAR AND COMICS
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This article is concerned with hitherto neglected endeavours to create a graphic-novel version of Hašek’s The Good Soldier Švejk and His Fortunes in the World War (1921). The harmonious joining of Hašek’s novel with Josef Lada’s illustrations has led to a large number of imitators and followers, but also authors parodying this ‘cult’. Studying these comics also offers much to those interested in the reception of Hašek’s novel. The first part of the article focuses on the history of the illustrations to Švejk (apart from Lada, for example, there are illustrations by Karel Stroff, Petr Urban, and, outside Bohemia, Georg Grosz). The second part of the article is a de- tailed analysis of the graphic-novel versions. It recalls not only Lada’s comics-like conception of Švejk in the daily České slovo, but also, indeed mainly, the foreign comic-book adaptations (for example, Serbian, Polish, Hungarian, and Slovene). Though the foreign adaptations for comics are not burdened with the Lada tradition, they reflect far more strikingly the fixed visualization of the Švejk of Karel Steklý’s film adaptation of 1956–57.
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