Groth, John (cover illus). Corsair (et al) color illustrations.
Chicago. Ken, Inc., 12-29- 1938.
Volume 2. Number 13. December 29, 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. Multiple soft creases and tiny abrasions to covers, 1/2 inch split to tail of spine, pencil notation to front cover, 2 thin slivers of paper loss (1/16 inch deep) to fore edge of front cover and first 10 pages, centrefold loose; good condition overall. The magazine elucidates the challenges of the pre World War II era in both articles and graphics. Artist Russell Limbach reworks famous paintings with a Santa Claus theme, and a full page color illustration shows Santa trying to stem the flood of bad news from abroad contained in a newspaper with headline "Merry Christmas. Peace on Earth. Good Will Toward Men." Of stronger stuff is the crushing illustration by artist Corsair, with rhyming verse 'Carol for Dictators' by Sara Henderson Hay, depicting the face of Hitler as a hurricane hovering over the world globe blowing out the candles of Europe: Decency, Liberty, Humanity, Honor, Justice, Fairness and Faith. Truly a wake-up call. A double page cartoon by Derso & Kelen mocks Hitler's designs on colonized Africa. A half page cartoon by Robert York shows a Japanese army officer on the back of a figure marked 'China' with the caption 'On a Clear Day He Can See Australia and the Philippines.' There are several photographs from the construction of the World's Fair in New York. Articles include a postmortem of the Munich Accords, an analysis of the Rumanian situation, a scathing report on the state of Britain's home defenses, and much more. 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 #55658