[Marxism] Dr Marx in the comics

Michael Smith mjs at smithbowen.net
Sat Dec 6 16:30:44 MST 2008

Just had an interesting experience. My teenage 
daughter -- who never reads books if she can help 
it, but loves comic strips -- asked me what this 
dude Karl Marx was all about. 

I thought for a minute and then told her that he 
was a guy who thought history was all about class 
struggle. (Shallow, I know, but you try 25 words 
or less while a teenage girl with a short attention 
span looks at you skeptically). 

Her response: Well, duuhh, everybody knows *that*. 
Why do people think he's so crazy? 

I wanted to find a comic-strip version of 
Capital to give her. Apparently there isn't one
yet in English, though just last month, it seems, 
a manga version appeared in Japan. 

This seems shocking to me. Why on earth hasn't 
somebody done a comic-strip Capital years ago? Marx 
is so concrete and vivid -- he'd be as big a treat 
for an illustrator as Dickens.   


Michael Smith
mjs at smithbowen.net

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