Thank God for Byrne! (Cummings, 1961a) Artist: Michael Cummings, Published: Daily Express, 30 Jun 1961Source: BCA http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/MC0965 (Accessed: 6th April 2009)

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Of course, I’m still Mr. Unflappable (Cummings, 1961b) Artist: Michael Cummings, Published: Daily Express, 26 Sep 1961Source: BCA http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/MC0994 (Accessed 6th Apr 2009)

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Treasure Island (Franklin, 1964) Artist: Stanley Franklin, Published: Daily Mirror, 28 Sep 1964, Source: BCA http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/05997 (Accessed 6th April 2009)

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Harold, Smith and ‘Security’ Council (Cummings, 1966) Artist: Michael Cummings, Published: Sunday Express, 10 Apr 1966, Source: BCA http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/08741 (Accessed: 6th April 2009)

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The Harold Houdini Christmas Show (Franklin, 1967) Artist: Stanley Franklin, Published: Daily Mirror, 18 Dec 1967 Source: BCA http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/12568 (Accessed: 6th April 2009)

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“Es kommt der Tag!” (The day comes!), circa 1941, shows an octopus with only four limbs (and no eyes) in the shape of a swastika. The image appeared on a gummed perforated label to be used much as stickers are used now. To appear on street posts, tables, letter boxes etc. This one in particular […]

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C.P Hunting as an Octopus (1896) by Jimmy Swinnerton was published in the San Francisco Examiner, December 14th 18961. The cartoon show an octopoid with trunk like limbs as a head of a bearded man, with C.P. Hunting (Collis Potter) written across its forehead. Huntington was a railway magnate and one of the “big four”2. Each of its […]

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The cephalopod – terrestrial devil fish – a monster of centralization (?) (1873) This is the earliest cartoon (1873) in my collection of the octopus as a metaphor for an industry. The presence of the cave, and the timing1 would suggest an Victor Hugo influence. It also precedes the ‘burst’ of octopus cartoons in the1880s […]

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“Quel Appetit! (What Appetite!) by A. Lemot1. It refer to a scandal in France circa 1904-1905 “L’Affaire des Fiches de délation” or “the affair of the cards of denunciation”2. L’Affaire des Fiches de délation (“affair of the cards of denunciation”) was a political scandal in France in 1904-1905 in which it was discovered that the […]

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Corporate Greed (1882) Cartoon published 27th June 1882 shows a large bulbous octopus sitting on top of a pile of crates and bales. The caption apparently reads: “Corporate greed octopus gobbles up freight for Great Railroad while unemployed handlers look on”1. Octopus head reads: “Corporate Greed. All for ourselves, nothing for the public”. The tentacles […]

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