Cotton, W. (map illus.) Neff, Wesley (cover illus).
Chicago. Ken, Inc., 04-07- 1938.
Volume 1. Number 1. April 7, 1938 complete issue of magazine, color and black and white illustrations and ads, 138pp, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, in color pictorial wrappers as issued. Covers a trifle worn; very good condition. The first issue of an extraordinary magazine, embracing the challenges of the times in both articles and graphics. A powerful centrefold pictorial map illustration by William Cotton gets right to the point with its caption the "Carriers of the New Black Plague" with commentary: "Caught here in all their peculiar beauty by the soul searching stylus of W. Cotton, Ken holds up for wonder the mangy motley pack of little 'strong men' who are now leading the world on a backward march to the Dark Ages." There is an extensive section of black and white photo illustrations of events of the times, with work by Dorothea Lange amongst others. Short article by Ernest Hemingway "The Time Now, the Place Spain." Petty "Old Gold" color ad "Leading a Double Life." The cover illustration by Wesley Neff is titled "The Coming Moroccan Revolt." Publication of the magazine lasted for just over two years (ceasing in 1939); it was described by the editor, Arnold Gingrich, as "A magazine of unfamiliar fact and informed opinion, filling in the shadows cast by coming events all over the world; equally opposed to the development of dictatorship from either Left or Right, whose one fixed editorial aim is to give unhampered and unbiased demonstration of whatever dangers threaten this our democracy from without and within, in accord with the Lincolnian dictum of 'Let the people know the truth and this country is safe.'" Item #52038