“The End of the Circus Season” by  William Allen Rogers published November 3, 1900, in Harper’s Weekly p.1050 Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan is pictured as a clown dejected by his impending defeat. He rides the exhausted Democratic Donkey through a driving rain storm, while carrying the symbols of his failed issues—free silver (bunco dollar), imperialism […]

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Last few minutes of “Victory Through Air Power” Disney made WWII propaganda film that shows Japanese octopus being attacked by American eagle. (Trying to get hold of a copy of this.)

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The Federal Octopus, 1933 Update: no one is to tell Mr. Rabbit – the mad monk – about the federal octopus of waste.

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Published in the Al-Watan (Qatar) on June 2, 2010 (via FightHatred.com). Like the Latuff cartoon this was a response to the Israel IDF boarding the Gaza flotilla. Unlike the Latuff cartoon, this is undisputedly an anti-semitic cartoon. “The cartoon depicts nearly all classic anti-Semitic caricatures of a Jew: religious, hook nosed, wearing glasses and ugly.” […]

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Flotilla cartoon followup

Sometimes I don’t notice things in cartoons that I really should. It is somewhat inexcusable given how many of these I see. As an example: The Carlos Latuff Israel as octopus vs Peace flotilla, from a couple of months ago. I did not see the swastika that replaced the Star of David on the Israeli […]

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Further Reading

Books & Articles: Ellis, Richard. The Search for the Giant Squid. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1999. Ingemark, Camilla Asplund. “The Octopus in the Sewers: An Ancient Legend Analogue.” Journal of Folklore Research 45, no. 2 (2008): 145(26). MacDougall, Robert. “The Wire Devils: Pulp Thrillers, the Telephone, and Action at a Distance in the Wiring of a […]

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“What the Socialist Prime Minister aims at by his Referenda scheme.”Brisbane Courier, Friday May 23rd 1913 p4. Octopus with the head of Andrew Fisher. Cartoon was published about a week prior to the general election on May 31 in which the newly renamed Labor party lost by one seat.  The “Referenda scheme” refers to the […]

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“Chinese octopus”: Ward O’Neill (after Phil May) Australian Financial Review (Best Australian Political Cartoons 2009, Scribe) (via Drawing a line – gallery) This 2009 cartoon is a spoof 1 of the racist “Mongolian Octopus” by Phil May from 1886. The country’s relationship with China was also dissected. The benefits of Australia’s resources boom, driven by a […]

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A brief summary, as this is a current event: The Freedom Flotilla is a movement that is trying to get aid, by sea, through the Israel blockade of Gaza. Early on May 31st, Israeli commandos boarded the ships in international waters, killing nine passengers and injuring dozen others. Carlos Latuff (the artist) graciously permitted me to use the above cartoon […]

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“The Great Oil Trust Master In The Act Of Telling Ministers The Virtues Of His Methods, While The Octopus Listens in Glee”; The Saint Paul globe. (St. Paul, Minn.) May 22, 1904, p.31 The introduction to the newspaper article: Spurred into action by repeated attacks in the public prints, the Standard Oil Trust at last has […]

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