I read the applet game tutorial written by that German guy. However, the code he uses to display images doesn't seem to work. No image is displayed at all. I've looked my problem up at java.com and have been utterly astonished at the complexity of their answers. So anywho, I'm on Java 2, SE v1.4.2_06. The code I got from the tutorial was:

Image backImage;
...
int(){ backImage = getImage(getCodeBase(), "land.gif");}
...
paint(Graphics g){g.drawImage(backImage, 0, 0, this)};

The whole point of the image is as a background.