Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday morning toons: The Cold War revisited

I went to see the long-awaited (either since last spring or since 1979, depending on how you slice it) film version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy this week. Set in 1973, it's a classic Cold War story about the search for a Soviet deep-penetration agent who's made his way to the highest levels of British Intelligence. I'll have a post about the film later this week, but for now that's going to be our running theme: Revisiting the Cold War.

So in addition to a big-name-actor-packed film about the Cold War, we've also got:

A no-holds-barred war against capitalism -- waged by Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.

And a bunch of foreign-policy cowboys itching to have a seagoing standoff over nukes (only it's Iran this time, not Cuba).

Today's selections have been lovingly hand-selected from the week's political cartoon pages at Slate, Time, Mario Piperni,, and Daryl Cagle:

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Paul Fell, Scott Stantis, Joe Heller, Tom Toles, Matt Wuerker, Joel Pett, Signe Wilkinson, Bill Day, Mike Keefe, Brian Fairrington, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Legion of Honor: Pat Bagley.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): Mike Luckovich and R. J. Matson

p3 Certificate of Harmonic Toon Convergence: Rick McKee and Cam Cardow. (See the Cartoon Riffs link below, too.)

p3 World Toon Review: Rachel Gold (Canada), Pavel Constantin (Romania), Jiho (France), and Deng Coy Miel (Singapore).

Ann Telnaes celebrates a special ten-year anniversary with a little fine white domestic.

Mark Fiore also celebrates the occasion with a visit from Knuckles, who used to be worried about his job, just like the rest of us.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation says, ”Face it, Republicans: Romney's your nominee.” Strangely enough, their computer-animated Mitt looks less robotic than the genuine article.

Tom Tomorrow explains why it's probably just as well we haven't made contact with extraterrestrials.

Has Keith Knight discovered Rick Santorum's worst nightmare?

Tom the Dancing Bug shows that even Republicans aren't born understanding all that GOP campaign double-talk.

Comic Riffs presents a Tim “45 to 10” Tebow six-pack.

Red Meat's Ted Johnson remembers drivers education class the exact same way I do.

Remember, you can't spell “Nasty” without “Nast:” He's called “The Father of American Political Cartooning.” He invented the image of Santa Claus that so captured the American imagination that most of us can't picture the jolly old elf any other way. He gave the Democratic and Republican parties their symbols and mascots, the donkey and elephant. He gave us all Uncle Sam as the symbol of America. He was the scourge of some of the most corrupt politicians in American political history (and that's saying something). So why are state legislators trying to head off the induction of legendary 19th century artist Thomas Nast into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, where he would otherwise take his rightful place next to such Garden Staters as Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Meryl Streep, and Yogi Berra? (By the way: The connection between “Nast” and “Nasty?” It's pure etymological coincidence.)

And, almost wrapping up our Cold War edition: In 1967, MGM cashed in on the popularity of the “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” TV series, which was an MGM studio production, with a Tom and Jerry send-up called “The Mouse From “H.U.N.G.E.R.” directed by Abe Levitow and produced by Chuck Jones and Les Goldman. I'm not a huge fan of most studio animation by this point, even Jones' work, but this one's kind of amusing. The opening credits theme by composer Dean Elliot is especially well done.

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The p3 Big Oregon Toon Block:

Jack Ohman finds unexpected common ground between vulture capitalist Mitt Romney and bomb-throwing Newt Gingrich.

Matt Bors raises a disturbing question that we here at p3 have also wondered about.

Jesse Springer has some mixed feelings about an enemy of long standing in these parts who may be about to come in from the cold: 

Put your toon-captioning skills to the test at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here.)

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