The Devil Fish of Californian Politics (Walter, 1889) The cartoon was published in The Wasp, v. 22, Jan. – June 1889 and ’shows “highbinder” caught in tentacles of Buckley octopus’1. The caption reads ‘The Devil Fish of Californian Politics’ with a sub caption ‘ECSS Buckley’s rapacious maw equal to anything from a state capitol to an […]

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The “Pick Up the Club” cartoon by Russell Henderson was published in the American Issue – a Anti-Saloon League paper 1 –  on January 4, 1919. The caption refers to the club with “American Anti-Saloon Methods” inscribed on it, and was aimed at “The [rest of the] World”. The World has “The Liquor Octopus”, and its tentacles […]

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“The Modern Devil Fish” was (re)published July1 1925 in the Chicago Tribune. The is a caption beneath the cartoon that reads ‘”The tentacles of the Devil Fish cannot be destroyed unless the HEAD, the source of their sustaining power, is destroyed.” – Victor Hugo “Toilers of the Sea”‘2. The cartoon is an incitement to vote (the […]

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Arms Around the World

It is a staple of the octopus metaphor in propaganda and cartoons to plop an octopus on a globe to represent the threat to civilisation that group X presents. A selection: Circa 1938 a German cartoon (Seppla) showed Churchill as a Jewish octopus with his arms around the globe. 1945: A French cartoon in showed Hitler […]

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Arms Around the World Spoof (2008) (I told you there were fish in this thing)

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French cartoon in 1945 showed Hitler as an octopus with his arms around the globe. http://www.picturehistory.com/product/id/4453

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How Communism Works (~1938 ) Source: http://wpscms.pearsoncmg.com/wps/media/objects/1693/1733989/images/img_w066.html

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Well, Brother, will you let the beast have your vote, too? (Bowles, 1894) Agricultural monopoly. Relates to the Alabama gubernatorial election in 1894. According to the image source (Alabama Department of Archives and History) this was run for Reuben Kolb who ran for the Populist Party. Kolb was defeated due to electoral fraud by the Democrats […]

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Japan Menances World Trade pamplet (1944) The following very pretty pamphlet cover was printed in 1944 by the ‘Ministry Of Information’. It shows a black Japanese octopus with rising sun behind it with the caption: “Japan Menaces World Trade”. The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives list it as a “leaflet on raw materials made unobtainable […]

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The following cartoon is by Gib Crockett and appeared in the Washington Star on the 27th of April 1965 during the Vietnam War. It shows an octopus with the head of Ho Chi Minh, and, just in case the viewer didn’t recognise him, his name conveniently written on a tentacle. The arm of the United […]

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