Hitler's Brain in an Ape's Body

In the comics a hero is only as super as his or her villain. Over the years, Doctor Doom, Magneto, Kite Man and countless other foes have paraded across the pages of America's funny books, but right up there with the best of the worst is none other than Adolf Hitler. Even before the U.S. entered World War II, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon debuted Captain America with a cover featuring Cap planting a right hook into Hitler's mug. After the war ended, Hitler kept creeping back into the comics in increasingly surreal ways. Tonight's 8 p.m. discussion "Hitler's Brain in an Ape's Body: Nazis in Comics" at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) will read between the panels and examine how the Fuhrer has been portrayed in one of America's most enduring art forms. Admission is free.
Thu., May 14, 8 p.m., 2015
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