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Reader's advisory: this story contains mature subject matter. Personal discretion is advised.

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About Spain
Zap & Underground Comix
Politics & Art
9/11
Anti-Bush links
What is "Dies Irae"?

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9/11
A different view of America's Dies Irae, with links to many informative sites.

Anti-Bush Sites
Keep informed about the man who was judged by a recent British public opinion poll to be the most feared man in the world. With an MP3 of Bush's halting, fumbling Barksdale, Arkansas speech delivered right after the 9/11 attacks.

We hope you enjoy our site, and we welcome your feedback.

And in the years to come, let's not just defeat Bush and his extremism. We have to discredit him and everything him and his clique stand for.

As Spain would say: Fight the oppressor!


DIES IRAE is the story of Steve Kirby, a martial arts instructor for the NYPD who loses his wife and son in the World Trade Center attack on September 11.

Steve embarks on a crusade against the Bush Administration when he realizes that President George W. Bush is cynically exploiting 9/11 for his personal gain and for the purpose of instituting a dangerous right-wing agenda.

In Latin, Dies Irae means Day of Wrath. To medieval Christians, Dies Irae was the Lord's Judgment Day--the Apocalypse, Doomsday, the end of the world. When September 11 happened, many described it as America's dies irae. But for Steve, because of September 11 and its aftermath, now every day is a day of wrath.

DIES IRAE is the creation of Justin Wertham, a writer who lived in New York during 9/11 and its aftermath. At least seven issues of DIES IRAE are planned, providing the reader with a fresh look at the recent events of post-9/11 America. Future issues will deal with such themes as the search for the anthrax killer, the war in Afghanistan and the hunt for bin Laden, the Patriot Act and Guantanamo, and of course a multi-issue story arc leading up to the war in Iraq.

We are proud to present the first issue of DIES IRAE (entitled "Day of Wrath, Day of Judgment"), illustrated by the great Spain Rodriguez, one of the founders of the underground comix movement in the Sixties and the creator of the legendary Sixties revolutionary superhero, Trashman.

A note: Outraged by America's invasion of Iraq, Justin Wertham conceived the idea for DIES IRAE in May 2003 and wrote the first issue in the summer of 2003-well in advance of Michael Moore's brilliant FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and the current spate of 9/11 movies. DIES IRAE debuted on the Web in April 2004, and in October 2005, World War Three Illustrated #36, America's leading journal of political art, published the first nine pages of DIES IRAE to widespread acclaim. If you would like to contact Justin, please e-mail him here.

About Spain Rodriguez
Learn more about the legendary creator of Trashman, one of the originators of underground comix in the Sixties. With interviews, profiles, and many links to examples of his work, including the online strip The Dark Hotel.

Zap Comix & Underground Comix
Understand the countercultural milieu from which DIES IRAE sprang. Read about the evolution of Zap Comix and underground comix in general, with looks at the work of Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Gilbert Shelton, Rick Griffin, Skip Williamson, Victor Moscoso, and Robert Williams. Numerous links to examples of their work.

Politics & Art
Art's relationship to politics, political cartoons (Thomas Nast and David Low), political art (Pablo Picasso and George Grosz), and politics & comic books (Joe Simon & Jack Kirby, Spain Rodriguez, and Denny O'Neill & Neal Adams). Many links.


What Is "Dies Irae"?
In Latin, Dies Irae means Day of Wrath. Learn about the greatest of all medieval Latin hymns, the Dies Irae, and its impact on classical and modern music. (If you've seen Citizen Kane, you've heard the Dies Irae.) With side-by-side Latin/English translations, an MP3 of the classic plainsong, and poetic responses by Thomas Babington Macaulay and Oscar Wilde.