Neff, Wesley (cover illus); John Mackey (cartoonist).
Chicago. Ken, Inc., 10-06- 1938.
Volume 2. Number 7. October 6, 1938 complete issue of magazine, color and black and white illustrations and ads, 90 pages, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, in color pictorial wrappers as issued. Light wear to cover extremities; overall close to unused condition. The magazine elucidates the challenges of the pre World War II era in both articles and graphics. There are color caricatures of Hollywood notables (Gable-Lombard etc) and others by John Mackey including of the prominent journalist and radio broadcaster Dorothy Thompson who warned of the dangers of Nazi Germany, and of the Marx Brothers by Berton Braley. Other topics include Oswald Moseley ("a rich punk stemming from a line of notorious tyrants"), Swedish gun production ("Pacifists Make Better Guns"), football, Stalin's Purges, and much more. The cover illustration by Wesley Neff is titled "I am a Psychic" and relates to the Spiritualist Church. 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 #55657