Steven Heller interviews Ryan Mungia about his first venture into print publishing, "Protect Yourself: Veneral Disease Posters of World War II," which sheds light in the shadows of wartime behavior.
I like to say I worked for the "underground press" during the late 1960s. But despite the primitive working conditions and equipment, there was little in common with the men and women who risked their lives producing contraband underground papers during Nazi occupation of Europe.
“War and Propaganda 14/18”, a new exhibition, provides insight into the broad spectrum of mass manipulation in everything from posters to children's toys carried out during the period in question.
These Beadle's Frontier novelettes were also known as "dime novels," and were also fodder for racist exceptionalism, the kind of misconceptions that have long hindered racial and ethnic harmony in the big melting pot.
Robbie Conal, infamous street graphics rabble-rouser, was recently broadsided on his home turf by a sneak-attack art exhibition titled "Poster Roast."
Notgeld ("emergency" or "necessity money") refers to money issued by cities in Germany and Austria during the 1920s, a period of rapid and rabid inflation. Here are several examples.
Heller discusses the idea of utopia. Since he's on the look out for books, pamphlets and articles that mention utopia, he shows us one example.
"Images De L'Espagne Franquiste" (Images of Franco's Spain) with drawings by Badia-Vilato and text by Mateo Santos criticize Francisco Franco's regime. Read on to see why Heller calls the book "beautifully stylized and shockingly symbolic."
"Rolling Stone" was tied with politics and culture, and this cover in which Ralph Steadman created a political caricature is no different.
Heller recalls his first newspaper gig at an underground left-ist publication - and getting published at age 17.