Pulps and Politics

When I started working on the Doc Vandal series back in November of 2009, the last thing I thought was that I would have to consider current politics. I picked the late 1930’s for a reason, and part of that reason was because good and evil were clearly delineated.

Nazis were bad; punching Nazis was good.

Now it’s almost eight years later and I’m working on a story about the German-American Bund and Nazis are in the news on an almost daily basis. If I was to listen to some people, I’d be expected to give the Nazis the benefit of the doubt under the guise of freedom of speech.

I’m not going to do that.

Public display of Nazi symbols isn’t free speech; it’s a threat.

In Doc Vandal’s world everyone understands that.