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Smear campaign of old

Posted by Dan Wasserman  October 7, 2008 01:54 PM

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Brain Cronin of Comic Book Resources is taking a daily look back at some cartooning giants, including Daumier, Nast, Mauldin and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Some of the material he's posted is from the Library of Congress, and the reproductions are particularly interesting because they show the erasures and notations of the originals. Yesterday, he focused on Herblock of The Washington Post.

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Among the cartoons Cronin chose were several of Sen. Joe McCarthy and his 1950s anti-communist witchhunt. As a contemporary Republican senator resorts to a smear campaign to rescue his foundering campaign, it seems like an appropriate time to get some historical perspective. Check out the Herblock samples here.

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.
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