Franc-Maçonnerie Pieuvre (1905) Edit (15th Mar 2009): printed in 1905 during the Affaire des Fiches (Thank you to J.M. Navarro for providing provenance for the poster). Original post:- A poster produced for The Octopus – an illustrated propaganda sheet – that shows a Jewish/Free Mason octopus squatting over France. The year and artist is unknown for this […]

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“La Guerre est l’Industrie Nationale de la Prusse”, 1917 translates as “War is Prussia’s National Industry”. This World War I French poster that shows the expansion of the German and Prussian military. The octopus – wearing a pickelhaube helmet – is superimposed on the map1 with its tentacles throughout Europe and Asia Minor. In addition […]

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Stemt Rood! (Hahn, 1918) The Art Nouveau poster shows the creepy green Kapatalisme (capitalism) octopus with its arms: hongershood (famine), oorlogsleed (war, suffering), anarchie (anarchy) and levensmiddelenwoeker (food usury?)1 . The octopus is under attack from a worker with a pickaxe. The octopus is associated with a burning city and skulls, as opposed to the untouched […]

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George W. Bush Bush massages Merkel Ann Telnaes shows shows an octopoidal US President George Bush massaging German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This relates to a visit by George Bush to Germany and Russia in July 2006. At the G8 summit he apparently attempted to give Chancellor Merkel an unexpected and unappreciated back rub1. I was […]

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The following cartoons all appeared in 2007, and all depicted terrorism as an octopus. The Benson and Ramirez cartoons used the octopus straightforwardly: a named octopus. A subtle point in the Benson cartoon is the Al-Qaeda octopus has had the tips of some of its limbs cut off. Iraq is wielding a sword, so ispresumably […]

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Tako No Asirai (Octopus Treading) by Kobayashi Kiyochika. (1904) One of those rare examples where the octopus is pro-cause 1. Japanese officer sitting on an octopus that is capturing ships disguised fish. Russo-Japanese War. Part of a series: Nihonbanzai hyakusen hyakusho (Long live Japan: one hundred victories, one hundred laughs). Image source and information: Library of […]

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Scientology (Time, 1991) January 10, 2009 · Leave a Comment · Edit This Time magazine on May 6th 1991 (artist Linda Louise Freeman?) depicted the Scientology religion as a hybrid octopus-volcano. The title, “Scientology: The cult of greed”, had the blurb “How the growing dianetics empire squeezes millions from believers worldwide”. Presumably, Scientology is the octopus giving the squeeze. […]

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Russian Gas Octopus (2009) Two cartoons depicting Russia as an octopus over the dispute between the Ukraine and the Russian company, Gazprom. The first shows Putin as the Octopus5, and the second shows Gazprom as the octopus with Europe in its grip6. The cartoons are in response to the Russian company, Gazprom, cutting off natural gas […]

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US Marines vs Japanese Octopus (Wise, 1944) Where pulp meets propaganda. United States Marines No. 3. (1944) published by William H Wise featuring a US Marine using a flame thrower to fight a buck-tooth Japanese octopus (Tojo)1. In a related note: The United States Marines did use flame throwers against the Japanese at the Battle of […]

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Greenspan and the Economic Slowdown (Anderson, 2003) Alan Greenspan sits in a boat beset by rough seas and the octopus of ‘Economic Slowdown’, and is attempting to fend it off with arrows and harpoons of ‘Rate Cuts’ (Artist: Nick Anderson). Source: Nick Anderson (2003), Washington Post Writers Group,http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/store/add.php?iid=4626

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