February 01, 2013

Die ABC Zeitung

I came across the ABC magazine recently via this book by Anne Geelhaar and Erich Gürtzig. The author and the illustrator worked both for the Eastern German magazine. Founded in 1946 the "ABC Zeitung" was the first children's magazine in the German Democratic Republic.

As an organ of the Free German Youth (FDJ) it contained propaganda inserts with a portrait of General Secretary and Head of the State Erich Honecker for instance (issue 9/1979) alongside illustrated games, card kits and comic strips by popular illustrators/authors like Erich GürtzigIngeborg FriebelWalter Krumbach ("Sandmann, lieber Sandmann").

All scans are from the website www.ddr-comics.de run by Guido Weißhahn who is doing a great job collecting DDR comics to present them on his site.