Great Anti-War Cartoons, The [Paperback]
Craig Yoe (Author, Editor)
Publication Date: 28 Jan 2010
For centuries, cartoonists have used their pens to fight a war against war, translating images of violent conflict into symbols of protest. Noted comics historian Craig Yoe brings the greatest of these artists together, presenting the ultimate collection of anti-war cartoons. Together they provide a powerful testament to the old adage that “”The pen is mightier than the sword””, and remind readers that so often in the last couple of centuries it was the editorial cartoonists who could say things their fellow newspapermen and women only dreamed of.
A must-have book… unfortunately 3 Jan 2010
By David Burd – Published on Amazon.com
It’s too bad there has to be a book about anti-war cartoons. It would be wonderful if there were no wars and no cartoons about them. Then this book would be unnecessary. Unfortunately, wars continue. Which means cartoonists continue to draw cartoons about them. And that makes this book a necessity in every library, public or private.
What’s most fascinating about this collection is that the material covers a span of hundreds of years, yet little has changed except the uniforms. It’s chilling to look at a cartoon from World War I alongside a similar image from World War II and realize how little progress mankind has made. The killing goes on and the graphic themes – skulls, graves, guns, devils – are still relevant today.
Craig Yoe has done a terrific job of collecting these cartoons from many different periods in history and from countries all around the world. By juxtaposing them he gives us a unique global perspective of the horrors of war.
I should also mention that it’s nicely designed and beautifully printed. As digital books grow in popularity, this is one that you’ll want to own in paper form.
Although it’s tempting to flip through and just look at the pictures, I recommend taking the time to read the biographical index. It was interesting to see some familiar names (Syd Hoff, Winsor McKay, Sir John Tenniel) among those of foreign cartoonists I’d never heard of. Even more interesting was the number of cartoonists jailed, tortured or killed for creating these works.
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS (28 Jan 2010)
Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 22.5 x 28.9 cm