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Hatlo Inferno

ISBN: 9784871876568
Publisher: Ishi Press
Publication Date: 2016-03-05
Number of pages: 102
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Hatlo's Inferno is a satirical comic strip by cartoonist Jimmy Hatlo. It is based on Dante's Inferno or The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential works of world literature. It is certainly the greatest literaty work ever composed in the Italian Language. The Divine Comedy tells the story of Dante himself as he is led through Hell itself before finally reaching Heaven. Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth. It is based on a paradox in the Christian religion. According to Christian beliefs, in order to get into Heaven one must believe in and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. However, what about those people who were born and who died before Jesus Christ was even born? Why cannot those people ever get into Heaven? Do they Go to Hell? Or do they stay in some in-between place such as Limbo or Purgatory or do their souls even exist? Dante meets the Roman Poet Virgil who was born in 70 BC and died in 19 BC and thus had died just before Jesus Christ had been born. Because Virgil never met Jesus Christ, he cannot get into Heaven. However, Virgil can walk through Hell without being punished as he was a man without fault. Therefore, Virgil appears as Dante's guide through Hell and Purgatory. The two of them begin their journey by going through the Gate to Hell which has the famous words “Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.” They go through the different levels or Circles of Hell, witnessing each man who sinned and the punishment he is condemned to receive forever. Each sin's punishment in Inferno is a symbolic instance of poetic justice. For example, fortune-tellers are required to walk with their heads on backwards, unable to see what is ahead, because that was what they had tried to do in real life. In Hatlo's Inferno, taking this idea of punishing people in Hell by doing to them what they did to others during their lives, Hatlo points out the punishment for those such as those who mow their lawns early in the morning thereby waking up the neighbors. A nurse who spent her career sticking needles into her patients is forever stuck with needles by the demons in Hell. Hatlo launched The Hatlo Inferno as an accompaniment to They’ll Do It Every Time in 1951. The panel, which ran until 1958, took a sadistically humorous look at the comeuppance of various malefactors in a cartoonish depicted hell, with Satan’s henchmen standing in for Hatlo’s usual Greek chorus of commentators.

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