And Now For Something Completely Political
Monday Cartoon Day
Between 1945 and 1949 Al Hirschfeld did the cover for the American political monthly The American Mercury. According to wikipedia the magazine was founded in 1924 by H. L. Mencken and drama critic George Jean Nathan and it was a platform for political essays by the nations most important writers. In 1945, while editing the magazine, Lawrence Spivak created a radio program called American Mercury Presents Meet the Press. Brought to television on November 6, 1947, the show shed the first three words of its name — and remains the single longest-running news program in television, a fixture on NBC every Sunday.
Hirschfeld color covers must have been a big attraction as well, although most of the people caricatured won't mean anything to us today. I have quite a few of these magazines, more than I can show here, but scanning them in takes quite a bit of time, so I will have to give you the rest later. I don't remember ever seeing them in any of the Hirschfeld books, but given the fact that he did this for several years, they must at least have been mentioned. And Hirschfeld caricature of Roosevelt must have been reprinted somewhere. Hirschfeld did less and less in the later years until finally the regular art editor Adler took over the covers in Hirschfeld's style. I do recall reading he was quite displeased by that.