Herblock Retrospective

[Editor & Publisher] The Library of Congress is holding a Webcast tomorrow relating to editorial-cartooning legend Herblock, according to the ComicsDC blog.

Sara Duke, the LOC’s curator of popular and applied graphic art, will speak during the online event — which begins at 2 p.m. eastern time. To listen, follow this link.

Herb Block (“Herblock”) was a masterful cartoonist whose cartoons about President Nixon were a devestating comment on the Watergate Era. This has the possibility to be a very interesting Webcast. From the Wikipedia:

He pointed out the dangers of Soviet aggression, the growing Nazi menace, and opposed American isolationists. In 1942, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the first time. He joined the Washington Post after serving in the military during World War II.

In the early 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy was one of his recurring targets, for whom Herblock coined the term “McCarthyism” in a particular cartoon in 1950. He won a second Pulitzer Prize in 1954.

Herblock vigorously attacked the political abuses and scandals of the Nixon Administration and won his third Pulitzer Prize in 1979. Nixon canceled his subscription to the Washigton Post after Herblock drew him crawling out of a sewer.