I thought it would be an interesting look into our nation’s political cartoon history if, this month, I took a look at a different editorial cartoon each day that won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Do note that we’re talking basically 1922-1967 here, as since then, the Committee has almost always awarded cartoonists generally for their work, not for an exemplary single cartoon. So in many ways, this is a snapshot of American politics (for better or for worse) over a forty-five year period. Here is an archive of the cartoons featured thus far.
Today we look at Herbert “Herblock” Block’s 1942 award-winning cartoon.
I featured Herblock’s second Pulitzer Prize winning cartoon earlier this month (check here to see it).
With his 1942 award-winning cartoon, the first of three that he would win (the third one was for the dreaded general “for the body of his work”), Herblock went away from his usual style, which was a bit of a bombastic over-the-top (but quite effective) style.
Here, in “British Plane,” he goes the other way and does a nice, subtle cartoon that is also effective as all heck…
This 1941 cartoon perfectly captures the thoughts of the “good guys” as to how the sight of a British plane would have upon their psyches and the Nazi psyches.
Very clever work by a master editorial cartoonist.