Neff, Wesley (cover illus).
Chicago. Ken, Inc., 07-14- 1938.
Volume 2. Number 1. July 14, 1938 complete issue of magazine, color and black and white illustrations and ads, 86 pages, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, in color pictorial wrappers as issued. Light wear to cover extremities and light soiling to back cover; overall very good condition. The magazine elucidates the challenges of the pre World War II era in both articles and graphics. "The Weak Inherit the Earth" warns that if Germany gains Hungarian wheat and Rumanian oil, it might enter World War II with a good chance of winning. "Box Office Blues" includes full page photographs of Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Mae West, Myrna Loy and other stars. Two centrefold color maps lay out a "Primer Geography Lesson in Applied European Insanity" and "How Strong Democracies Quail Before Popgun Paranoics". A two page satirical cartoon by Derso and Kelen "Shotgun Marriage" depicts Lord Halifax presiding over a marriage between Italy and France with Hitler as the Best Man. Other articles include "Zephyr Shall Not Run Tonight", about the new kind of train, and "Call for Greatness" by Ernest Hemingway. The cover illustration by Wesley Neff is titled "Incubators for Heroes" and relates to a Nazi plan to breed heroic blondes. 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 #55654