Dr. Seuss: cartoon from 30 January 1941


Dear Editor: If you were to ask me, which you haven't, whom I consider the world's most outstanding writer of fantasy, I would, of course, answer: "I am." My second choice, however, is Virginio Gayda. The only difference is that the writings of Mr. Gayda give me a pain in the neck. This morning, the pain became too acute, and I had to do something about it. I suddenly realized that Mr. Gayda could be made into a journalistic asset, rather than a liability. Almost every day, in amongst the thousands of words he spews forth, there are one or two sentences that, in their complete and obvious disregard of fact, epitomize the Fascist point of view. Such as his bombastically deft interpretation of a rout as a masterly stroke of tactical genius. He can crow and crawl better than any other writer living today. Anyhow . . . I had to do a picture of Gayda. -- DR. SEUSS (Dr. Seuss is a topflight advertising artist, most famous for his Flit cartoons -- ED.)

Image from Dr. Seuss Went to War (Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego). Dr. Seuss's letter to the editor appeared beneath the above cartoon in PM on 30 January 1941, p. 2.

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Images of Dr. Seuss's WWII cartoons have been taken from Dr. Seuss Went to War, a catalog of Seuss's World War II cartoons (1941-43) at the Dr. Seuss Collection (Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego). The copyright holder of these cartoons and of Seuss's text is not known.


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