Vica contre le service secret anglais

cover imageVica travels to England to spy on and hamper the British war effort. Whilehe has a run-in with Winston Churchill, his friend Tatave has a similar encounter with Joseph Stalin; both Churchill and Stalin are comically humiliated. The majority of the issue consists of a biased account of English history, particularly as it relates to France. Incidents described include the Hundred Years’ War, the Jameson Raid, the Boer War, the Fashoda incident, the independence of Ireland (Eire), the English takeovers of Quebec and India, and British involvement in Greece and the Balkans. Joan of Arc, the Duke of Cumberland, Napoleon, Said Pacha (viceroy of Egypt), Cecil Rhodes, Eamon de Valera, and Mahatma Gandhi are among the historical figures mentioned or depicted. Vica and Tatave discuss the perceived looming threat to the French and the world of an alliance between the English, the Soviets, and the Jews. The importance of the Canal des Deux-Mers cutting across France to allow vessels to circumvent British control of Gibraltar is discussed, and the issue ends with Vica and Tatave participating in the construction of a Trans-Saharan Railway connecting Bouarfa, Morocco, with Gao, Mali.

Vica au Paradis de l’U.R.S.S

cover imageThe issue begins with the peaceful image of a sleeping white bear, the symbol of Russia. “Madame Angleterre,” representing England, gives Leon Trotsky a vial containing dangerous bacteria, parasites, and germs; he injects the “scourge of Bolshevism” into the sleeping bear, nearly killing it, and bringing Russia to the brink of anarchy and death. Lenin and Stalin attempt to spread the plague of communism across Europe and the rest of the world, aided by the British and the Jews. Vica’s friend Tatave is swayed by the pro-worker sentiment of the Bolsheviks and becomes a communist. A worried Vica decides to travel to the USSR to see first-hand what the “Soviet paradise” is really like. Upon his arrival, he is forced into slave-like servitude, but quickly escapes back to France, where Tatave doubts Vica’s story. The two travel to the “Bolshevik Exhibition Against Europe,” where they see a film depicting a grim view of Soviet life: poverty, disease, and malnutrition. The issue ends with a long passage of anti-Soviet and anti-British rhetoric, and Tatave gives up his dreams of communism.

Vica défie l’Oncle Sam

cover imageVica and Tatave, curious about life in the United States, look at America through a giant telescope and are appalled by the debauchery and disorder they see. Eleanor Roosevelt, jealous of the attention the Statue of Liberty receives due to her beauty, removes the statue and climbs up on its pedestal herself, holding a mop in her hand in place of the torch, which leads to further disorder. A series of images shows striking workers breaking windows, creating barricades, and clashing with police, in contrast to an image of happy, well-behaved workers in Germany, followed by anti-Jewish and anti-Bolshevik scenes. Vica and Tatave travel to Africa and plant cacti to deter an American invasion. Franklin Roosevelt, shown working with Bolsheviks and Jews, frees prisoners (“gangsters”) from Sing-Sing Prison to bolster the U.S. Army as it prepares to invade Africa. The French ocean liner Normandie is seized by the U.S. and converted to a troop ship, then burns and sinks in New York Harbor. As the American forces land in Africa, they enslave and kill many Arabs in north Africa, but as they attempt to invade French sub-Saharan Africa, Uncle Sam parachutes from an airplane and lands painfully in the field of cacti planted by Vica and Tatave. They laugh at his failure and note that they have avenged the destruction of the Normandie.

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