Over at his blog, Image Publisher Eric Stephenson shows two Image covers that won’t make it into the Previews catalog unaltered because they contain swastikas. Click for the unaltered version of gthe PIGS #6 cover by Christian Ward:
The main reason is that it is illegal to show images of swastikas in Germany, which Stephenson finds odd:
This is nothing new. Swastika-laden images have been prohibited from appearing in publications sold in Germany for decades at this point. I’m not sure I understand what the point is, though. World War II did happen, and Nazis did exist. Outlawing specific Nazi iconography seems strangely revisionist, as though it’s best to just not acknowledge the impact that symbol had, or the evil associated with it.
Stephenson doesn’t mention that part of the reason for the ban is to prevent very much active and hateful Neo-Nazi groups from using the symbol for more evil. Indeed, it’s our understanding that the PIGS issue in question is dealing with present day and not historical Nazis.
The GLORY cover has a more historical context.
So censorship? Yes, but YMMV.