Das Kampf

Bode, Vaughn

Published by Walter Bachner and Bagginer Productions/Vaugn Bode Productions, 1977
Condition: Very Good - Fine
From West Side Book Shop, ABAA (Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.)

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50 pp. with 2 b&w panels per page: each cartoon beginning with the phrase "War is." This is the 1st Comic Publication of 3000 copies: Second Printing, 1977. There are two printings of this comic book. The 1st printing (about 100 mimeographed unbound sets) was produced by Vaughn Bodé in 1963. The 2nd printing (3,000 copies) was published by Walter Bachner and Bagginer Productions in 1977 and had a $2.50 cover price. "Das Kampf, German for "the struggle" or "the fight," was self-published by Vaughn in May, 1963, while he lived with his wife Barbara and newborn son Mark in a $20-a-month apartment in Utica, New York. Das Kampf is a war-themed spoof on Charles Schulz's 1962 book Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Instead of defining what "happiness is" the way Schulz did in his quaint little book, Vaughn defines what "war is" in 100 cartoons. Each cartoon was captioned with a specific definition of war, such as 'war is marching all day and all night in the wrong direction'. Vaughn borrowed money from his brother Vincent to mimeograph 100 copies of the book, and he then tried to sell them, but sales in Utica were quite poor. Fourteen years later (and two years after Bodé's death), his former wife Barbara teamed up with Walter Bachner and Bagginer Productions to publish the second printing of Das Kampf. Bodé's good friend Larry Todd helped out with lettering and layout of the book. Only the slightest wear to front wrapper, else, Pristine. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Heavy card wrappers with black background and whire soldier and lettering on front wrapper, and a black outlined self-portrait and lettering against a white backgroung, and publication history on rear wrapper. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 004194

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Title: Das Kampf

Publisher: Walter Bachner and Bagginer Productions/Vaugn Bode Productions

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Pamphlet

Book Condition:Very Good - Fine

Edition: Second Printing.

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