Vater und Sohn
is a German b/w comic strip by Erich Ohser aka e.o.plauen that tells about the hijinks in the life of a father and his son. It was published weekly during 1934-37 in the Berliner Illustrirten Zeitung
Before you ask: Yes, this was during the time of Nazi Germany
. Here's the background: The artist had made anti-nazi caricatures during the Weimar Republic
, so when Those Wacky Nazis
came to power, he was forbidden to publish anything. They only made an exception since V+S was completely unpolitical, and published under a pseudonym. And even so, he still had trouble with the nazis - he ended up committing suicide in Gestapo
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The mother only appeared in the first few strips.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: They decide to leave the world, walk into the sky, and at the end, we see the full moon with father's face, and a new star next to him.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Generation Xerox: When we meet the grandfather and great-grandfather.
- His Name Really Is Barkeep: It seems more like No Name Given initially. But then we see: They even sign with "Vater" and "Sohn".
- Not So Different: Sometimes the father punishes the son, but even more often they are having fun together.
- The Punishment Is the Crime: When the son smokes a pipe - in front of his father - the father reacts by simply not doing anything. It doesn't take too long, and the son feels sick from the tobacco and leaves, probably for the bathroom.
- Single Malt Vision: In one strip, the father gets so drunk, he thinks he has four sons and buys four tickets for him.
- Sore Loser: The father isn't pleased when he gets defeated by the son in Chess.
- Write Who You Know: The characters are based on the artist's father, son and also himself.