Today I happened to find a stash of old Chinese comic books from the 70’s in a used book store. I just had to buy three of them … and I wish I could read Chinese.
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One is about a red guard, whose comrade gets wounded in a battle. He carries his comrade to a hiding place in the mountains, and after some adventures he comes back and gets him out of there. It's drawn in a really nice style.
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The second comic is an adaptation of the old Chinese novel Journey to the West
(also known as Monkey King
). It's based on the true story of a famous monk, Xuan Zang of the Chinese Tang Dynasty (602-664). After a decade of trials and tribulations, he arrived on foot in what is today India, the birthplace of Buddhism. When he returned, Xuan Zang translated the Sutras into Chinese, thus making a great contribution to the development of Buddhism in China. In the novel he is accompanied by three friends: the smart and rebellious Monkey King, the humorous and courageous pig, and also a water spirit.
Here, the pig seems to be fighting one of his own kin ... Read more about the story.
There is also an animation based on this story, called Westward Bound
. The characters are more or less human, though.
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The third comic book I bought is the story of a family of farmers who are rearing pigs.
They start out with a bunch of normal piglets.
Then, they work out revolutionizing food for the pigs, and fatten them up ...
... until they have reared a bunch of giant monster pigs!
And so, they are celebrated as heroes!!
(At least that's how I *think* the story goes ...)