Hollow Nuts

by John Holbo on March 18, 2021

Now that I’m back, I should stick around. My discovery that Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra started as ‘a Seuss book’ is pretty neat, I admit. But, it turns out, the surprises run in the other direction as well. A lot of famous comics started out as attempts to adapt Nietzsche’s great work into English – to popularize German metaphysics. These original Charles Schulz ‘woodcut comics’, for example. (Very rare. I’m working on ‘discovering’ a few more.) You can see a lot of Schulz’ later work already here, in seed form. (There was no money in it, and he said he got sick of carving the pearwood blocks to make the prints.)



Dave Maier 03.18.21 at 3:13 am

You are so weird. Welcome back, we missed you!


politicalfootball 03.18.21 at 3:19 am

“He seems evil” made me laugh out loud.


John Holbo 03.18.21 at 3:22 am

Thank you kindly!


Alan White 03.18.21 at 4:05 am

Indeed John–great to see your intersections of pop culture art and thinking again!


may 03.18.21 at 6:48 am

check out the picture of him with his Sam Clemens mustache and in a straitjacket.
check out the eyes.


marcel proust 03.18.21 at 6:20 pm

Aren’t you are horning in on this material, Herr Holbo?


oldster 03.18.21 at 10:05 pm

The strip with Lucy and the ball really earns the Nietzscheian caption,
“Der Mensch selbst aber hat einen unbesiegbaren Hang, sich täuschen zu lassen….”


dilbert dogbert 03.20.21 at 3:38 pm


Ray Vinmad 03.22.21 at 2:12 am

These are hilarious and wonderful.

Now I want a whole book.

Can’t all philosophy be done in graphic form?

Is there a ‘History of the World’ type comic but for philosophy?


John Holbo 03.22.21 at 3:37 am

Here are a few more Nuts, Ray.


All philosophy should be done as comics, obviously. Otherwise what’s the point?


George Louis de Verges 03.23.21 at 12:34 am

Are you really back to stay, or is this another teaser?


DrSteveCruel 03.23.21 at 6:41 pm

These are fantastic, thank you for sharing them!

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