This page-by-page annotation is organized by sections, as delineated by the seven squares (sprockets) which separate each section. The page numbers for this page-by-page annotation are for the original Viking edition (760 pages). Editions by other publishers vary in pagination the newer Penguin editions are 776 pages; the Bantam edition is 886 pages.
Contributors: Please use a 760-page edition (either the original Viking edition with the orange cover or the Penguin USA edition with the blue cover and rocket diagram there are plenty on Ebay for around $10) or search the Google edition for the correct page number. Readers: To calculate the Bantam edition use this formula: Bantam page # x 1.165. Before p.50 it's about a page earlier; as you get later in the book, add a page.
Finally, profound thanks to Prof. Don Larsson for providing the foundation for this page-by-page annotation.
cadence being counted by a Negro voice—yo lep, yo lep, yo lep O right O lep
Syncopated cadence for the march of the American workers: "your left . . . " The work detail is presumably black, since the Armed Services were not integrated until after the war.
Weisenburger explains "insigne" as being the latin spelling for a sign or mark. In fact, insigne is the singular form of the more familiar 'insignia', which is the plural form. That said, the photos to the right are of the A4 V3 (version 3) before launch from Test Stand VII on August 16 1942. The photo shows the V3 insigne, a (less than) pretty witch astride a rocket, carrying her obsolete broom. The color illustration is an artist's impression of the insigne. The inscription means Bon Voyage. Both images are from V Weapons of the 3rd Reich by Dieter Holsken (Monogram 1994)
This reference is not to a street but to a crossing in the Tiergarten.
See note for page 752
The comic book hero Rocketman originated (along with Rocketgirl) in Scoop Comics #1, published by Harry "A" Chesler, in 1941. In 1943, the heroes were featured in Harvey Comics’ Hello, Pal Comics, beginning with issue #1. The cover of the 1952 Ajax Rocketman Comics (mentioned by Weisenburger) is reproduced in the 1989 edition of the Comic Buyers Price Guide: the hero depicted on the cover wears a rig that looks more like a diving helmet than a nosecone. See note below at p. 382.
a four-color dispensation
In other words, a comic-book scene, printed in color. The four-color printing process (including magenta, cyan, yellow, and black), which allows a full range of colors to be represented, was perfected in the early 1930s. See note for p. 69
"Pig" Bodine, Pynchon’s most enduring character, originating in the short story "Lowlands" and continuing in V. An ancestor of Bodine’s appears in Mason & Dixon, as well as in Against the Day.
The Green Hershey Bar
That is, the hashish.
Beyond the Zero
Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering
In the Zone
279-295, 295-314, 314-329, 329-336, 336-359, 359-371, 371-383, 383-390, 390-392, 392-397, 397-433, 433-447, 448-456, 457-468, 468-472, 473-482, 482-488, 488-491, 492-505, 505-518, 518-525, 525-532, 532-536, 537-548, 549-557, 557-563, 563-566, 567-577, 577-580, 580-591, 591-610, 610-616