The Mapmaker

Satirical condemnation of the Axis leaders by a Polish-Jewish cartoonist.

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Issued in a 1942 edition of Esquire Magazine, this image by the talented artist Arthur Szyk shows the coterie of Axis leaders and their diabolical geopolitical aspirations. Hitler, head of the fictitious Schicklgruber & Company (allegedly Hitler’s original name) mapmaking firm, can be seen at work drawing a map of German South America. His inspiration, a copy of Idiot’s Delight, can be seen at his feet. .

Meanwhile, Joseph Goebbels can be seen welcoming Hideki Tojo into the club with the words, “now that you’ve joined us, the Fuhrer will make a special map for you!” Other map “customers” can be seen in the form of Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, and Amin al-Husseini, while caricatures of Hitler’s other cronies – Goering and Himmler – are also present. A list of additional customers (including Petain) and blank map cards can be found on the floor, reflecting on the insatiable ambitions of the Axis regimes.

The artist, Arthur Szyk, was born in Poland in 1894 and emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1937 to escape persecution as a Jew. He quickly gained a following for piercing caricatures of Hitler and other Axis leaders during WWII. He moved to the United States in 1940, where he continued to work until his death in 1951.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1942

Author: Arthur Szyk

Sheet Width (in): 13.00

Sheet Height (in): 8.00

Condition: A-

Condition Description: The sheet is slightly toned, consistent with age, and has a few small chips along the upper edge. Very good condition overall.

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