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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WEIRD WEDNESDAY - "Netje, The Little Dutch Girl"

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Today's weird comic story comes from the midst of World War 2!

Originally published in Holyoke's BLUE BEETLE # 25 in 1943, 
"NETJE, THE LITTLE DUTCH GIRL" is a strange tale about the Dutch resistance movement against the Nazi occupation. While there were many true stories of brave souls who fought the evil of the Nazis, our story is what might be described as inspirational fiction, where the apparent leader of this particular pocket of resistance happens to be a little Dutch girl, Netje. It isn't really clear how little this Dutch girl is, seeing that she does have breasts, is practically mauled in lust by a soldier on page one, and she towers above all the other children in the village.

Nonetheless, the chronicle of Netje is told with such amateurish storytelling that we the readers are left...well, this panel seems to sum it up best:

That's the appropriate word, all right!
Just what the hell is going on in that panel, anyway?

Netje manages to almost single-handedly kill, confound, confuse, irritate, and generally disrupt these nasty Nazis with tactics including shooting slingshots and gleefully dropping tacks onto the streets...

Read for yourself and see just how WEIRD this little Dutch Netje is!




From what I can gather by searching out historical data on the internet, 
Netje was in fact picked up by a British submarine, where she instantly began annoying the Brits by putting broken glass in the food supply, putting burning hair into the ventilation system, and defecating in the hallways. The Royal British navy responded by shooting Netje out of a torpedo tube off the coast of Madagascar, where she hit her head on a passing sea turtle and apparently drown.
That's just weird.


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