The National Portrait Gallery in Washington has a new exhibit of editorial cartoonist Herblock’s cartoons. It’s entitled “Herblock’s Presidents: ‘Puncturing Pomposity,’” and it covers no fewer than than 11 American commanders in chief. Corresponding with the exhibit is an online presentation of “The Dean of American Editorial Cartoonists” works. Anyone interested in political satire should take a minute to view this fun site. Herblock, as Herbert Block signed his cartoons, won three Pulitzers, cartooned for The Washington Post for more than seven decades and, most impressively, ranked a listing on President Nixon’s infamous “enemies list.” When viewing the cartoons on the Web site, you can click on an area of the drawing for an extreme close-up and see the blue pencil lines and the corrections — the next best thing to watching Herblock as he actually drew it. It’s a window into a master’s creative process. The pompous rest a little more peacefully now that this great cartoonist is at rest himself. Thanks for puncturing them for all those years, Herb.
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