Catalog Archive
Auction 182, Lot 523


"A Map of Herr Hitler's Heaven, Drawn with Undiplomatic but Fervent Hopes That It Won't Happen Here",

Subject: Central Europe, Germany

Period: 1938 (published)

Publication: Ken Magazine

Color: Black & White

8.6 x 11.6 inches
21.8 x 29.5 cm

This cartoon map of pre-war Nazi Germany shows the ideal place for Hitler with a book-burning festival, a "factory devoted exclusively to making medals for Goering," concentration camps, and a Nazi soldier pushing a large Viking figure up a hill as "the New Theology." An Austrian maiden is chained by the foot with a note that it is "purely a cultural tie." The compass rose carries a swastika, and a large cloud over Germany is named "Herr Goebbels" and blows propaganda (or "more baloney") at the country. Drawn by Richard Q. Yardley and published in the second issue of Ken Magazine (21 April 1938), a controversial anti-fascist magazine. On verso is a satirical cartoon of a spiked hand grasping a baseball superimposed with the globe. This example is the full bifolium, which includes a photo essay on "See-Reading" that illustrates "the hand of an invisible tax collector."

References: PJ Mode Collection #1270.02.

Condition: A

Marginal toning.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $49

Closed on 4/28/2021