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A Month of Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoons – Day 2

I thought it would be an interesting look into our nation’s political cartoon history if, this month, I took a look at a different editorial cartoon each day that won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Do note that we’re talking basically 1922-1967 here, as since then, the Committee has awarded cartoonists generally for their work, not for an exemplary single cartoon. So in many ways, this is a snapshot of American politics (for better or for worse) over a forty-five year period.

Today we look at Clarence Daniel “C.D.” Batchelor’s 1937 award-winning cartoon.

Enjoy!

Batchelor was born in 1888 in the Midwest. He traveled around the country doing cartoons (and other arts) for the early part of the 20th Century. He was a big supporter of women’s rights, and supplied many cartoons to the cause of suffrage over the years.

Eventually, the transplanted Midwesterner found his lot in life the Big Apple. He began doing political cartoons in New York at the New York Post in 1923. In 1931, he became the lead editorial cartoonist for the Daily News. While the paper (and Batchelor) began the 30s supporting President Roosevelt, by the end of the decade, they had both soured on the President.

One particular area of disagreement between Batchelor and the President was on the topic of the possibility of a World War in the future. While FDR was a proponent of supporting England and France against the rise of Nazi Germany, Batchelor was strictly against going to war (I suppose you could then term him an Isolationist, but I think “anti-war” describes him better).

While he may have had some problems with Roosevelt, the cartoon Batchelor won the Pulitzer Prize for was directed at foreign leaders, specifically Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, in a cartoon about the “Follies of 1936.”

This striking anti-war cartoon came out in April of 1936 and was titled “Come on in, I’ll treat you right. I used to know your Daddy”

Damned if that isn’t some impressive imagery right there!

Batchelor ended his career working for National Review after leaving the Daily News in 1969.

He died in 1977

8 Comments

Really nice to see editorial cartooning get some love on here. I wish there were better collections to be easily found of Oliphant, Lukovich, and some of the other more modern greats.

If you like this, James, you should check out our earlier series on stars of political cartooning…

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/category/stars-of-political-cartooning/

In addition, last year’s Advent Calendar was made up of Holiday-themed cartoons from some of the greatest political cartoonists, as well….

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/12/24/2008-comics-should-be-good-advent-calendar-24/

This is a very good one, but do the labels “War” and “Any European Youth” really help? I know it’s important for editorial views to be explicit, but it’s hard to find an editorial cartoon that couldn’t benefit from a little more subtlety.

It’s a pretty common device in political cartoons to clearly label what is being represented, so that the message gets across as clearly as possible, and therefore punches as hard as possible. I don’t think they’re going for subtlety very often.

From an artistic standpoint, you’re certainly correct, Dan, but if you look at these cartoons as ways of delivering opinions to the masses, which is what most editorial cartoonists feel is their purpose, then you want to be as clear as possible.

Just wanted to say: thanks for writing this feature. I never knew about the Pulitzer Prize for a political cartoon. Looking forward to more of the upcoming ones.
I found this one in-particularly striking.
Thanks
-audrey

To be fair, she is pretty sexy.

Sadly, so little has changed in 70+ years…….

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