Neff, Wesley (cover illus); John Mackey, Corsair et al (cartoonist).
Chicago. Ken, Inc., 08-25- 1938.
Volume 2. Number 4. 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. Very good condition. The magazine elucidates the challenges of the pre World War II era in both articles and graphics. "Debtor Takes All" covers the economic relationship between the Third Reich and South America. "Prelude to American Fascism" tells of several American Nazi sympathizers who joined forces to break a strike. "Conversion by Barbed Wire" covers Dachau. Ernest Hemingway writes about rebel generals in Spain. A powerful full page satirical cartoon by Corsair 'Warming Up to Uncle Sam Again' depicts the Philippines being scorched by the rising sun of Japan. The centrefold image is a black and white photograph of Gibraltar guarded by an RAF airplane. On the lighter side are humorous composites of American celebrities by John Mackey. The cover illustration by Wesley Neff is titled "Come Out, Whoever You Are!" relating to an article on the high cost of debutante parties. 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 #55655