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Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock
October 31, 2006 11:27 AM   Subscribe

Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock, an LOC exhibition. From 1950s plutocrats to 1970s ethics scandals, and up to the ideal American Flag of the religious Right, Block captured complex issues in just one frame. His drawings about government limitations of civil liberties seem particularly prescient.
posted by OmieWise (16 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. Thanks, OmieWise.
posted by zennie at 11:42 AM on October 31, 2006


If anyone wants to see the physical exhibit, I'll join you (and I hear there's a guy there who'll give us a really cool tour of the building).
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:53 AM on October 31, 2006


Great post, OmieWise. Thanks.
posted by interrobang at 11:55 AM on October 31, 2006


Wow, again.

"Explain slowly--what does he need all those weapons for, and why does he need nuclear reactors?"
posted by grabbingsand at 11:57 AM on October 31, 2006


A great American. If you can find a copy of Herblock's Here and Now (Simon & Schuster, 1955), it's a wonderful time capsule of his career.

As I recall, Nixon was particularly irked at the way Herblock portrayed him with a permanent 5-o'clock shadow.
posted by QuietDesperation at 12:03 PM on October 31, 2006


Herblock was one of the best---if not THE best---editorial cartoonists of the 20th Century. I wonder if his old employer, the Washington Post, would even publish him now under their much more risk-adverse current management.

I have heard that he actually emphasized the 5 o'clock shadow more when he heard that it pissed Tricky Dick off.

I own a signed copy of Here and Now, which I value highly.
posted by birdhaus at 12:12 PM on October 31, 2006


Amazing stuff. There are some editorial cartoonists today who have his nerve, but very few have his touch as well. He was a gorgeous artist as well as an insightful (and inciteful) commentator.

Yeah, thanks for this.
posted by chicobangs at 1:21 PM on October 31, 2006


Great post. Further proof that history is a very cyclical thing.
posted by teleri025 at 1:29 PM on October 31, 2006


My faith in this country is bolstered by the fact that the Library of Congress (an arm of The Man!) is exhibiting these.
posted by exogenous at 2:37 PM on October 31, 2006


Wow. Plus ça change…
posted by adamrice at 2:49 PM on October 31, 2006


I am the proud owner of a signed Herblock book -- it's among my most prized possessions. what a man. thanks for the post, Omie
posted by matteo at 3:28 PM on October 31, 2006


Herblock was a genius, and a really lovely guy. It's great to see some of his work again. I'll definitely be stopping into the LOC when I'm next in DC.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:29 PM on October 31, 2006


I had the great honor of meeting Herblock when I attended a Rueben award dinner back around '85 or so. Literally shaking hands with a hero of mine.
Thanks for the great post!
posted by Thorzdad at 5:05 AM on November 1, 2006


Once Nixon was elected President, Herblock's first cartoon was a barber's chair, offering him a free shave. A clean slate, so to speak, which Nixon didn't waste much time in dirtying up.

Also, Herblock was arguably the inventor of the term "McCarthyism."

Great cartoonist, great American. Thanks, OmieWise.
posted by soyjoy at 12:11 PM on November 1, 2006


His drawings about government limitations of civil liberties seem particularly prescient.

When it's the same cast of characters up to their same "dirty tricks" is it really prescient?

Great stuff!
posted by Pollomacho at 12:25 AM on November 2, 2006


Good point!
posted by OmieWise at 6:40 AM on November 3, 2006


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