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Straight for the art | Winsor McKay editorial cartoons

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I was hesitant to even use the phrase “editorial cartoons,” because these things are a world away from your average “heh heh, look how big they drew Obama’s ears” piece in the paper. Little Nemo in Slumberland artist Winsor McKay destroys your eyeballs with this massive gallery from Golden Age Comic Book Stories. Many are available in the Fantagraphics collection Daydreams & Nightmares, by the way, so if you want to pore over them on paper, you know where to look.

(Via Abhay Khosla)

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A lot of editorial cartoons were incredible back in the first half of the twentieth century. Especially when so many of the cartoonists were cutting their teeth on Judge. Outcault’s Yellow Kid was an editorial cartoon half the time.

I own this. I’ve been re-reading the last two weeks. Something about the new decade made me think back to the way Windsor saw the world; loud and whimsical.

It is amazing.

Also recommend the collected Little Nemo 1905 – 1914.

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