Yardley (map illus); Wesley Neff (cover illus). John Groth (map).
Chicago. Ken, Inc., 04-21- 1938.
Volume 1. Number 2. April 21, 1938 complete issue of magazine, color and black and white illustrations and ads, 106 pages, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, in color pictorial wrappers as issued. Multiple fine abraded lines and creases to covers, 1/2 inch tear to fore edge of front cover and first few pages; overall very good condition. The second issue of an extraordinary magazine elucidating the challenges of the times in both articles and graphics. Powerful centrefold color pictorial map illustration by John Groth, "South America Under the Axis or the Heil with the Monroe Doctrine." Black and white single page pictorial cartoon map by Yardley titled "A Map of Herr Hitler's Heaven, drawn with undiplomatic but fervent hopes that it won't happen here." Color caricatures of General Kenji Dolhara "the moving spirit of the Japanese Intelligence Service and Japan's real war maker" (by Wesley Neff) and of Mussolini (by Sam Berman). Double page cartoon by Derso and Kleen titled "The Peace Step" mocks European leaders' appeasement of Hitler. There is an extensive section of black and white photo illustrations of events of the times and much detailed coverage of all aspects of the inflammatory situation in Europe, including a short article "Dying, Well or Badly" by Ernest Hemingway. The cover illustration of a wigged British justice by Wesley Neff is titled "What Price English Justice?" 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 #52039