I have mentioned Nick Stember before, but now he is doing a full translation of Zhang Guangyu’s manhua version of Journey to the West. This is worth looking into in part because it influences the visual style of so many later versions and also because it was originally done in 1945 and is in part a parody of the corruption and incompetence of Chiang Kai-shek’s wartime government. Chiang’s government was of course known for its hyperinflation, as if money grew on trees
And also for the brutal work that had to be done to defend the realm.
Nick is not done with the translation yet, but you should check it out.