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Original Cartoon Illustration: "The Balance of Power - The Invincible U.S. Air Force - Communism's Overwhelming Ground Forces"
N.d. (ca 1950s). An absolutely stunning drawing by Burris Jenkins, long-time staff cartoonist for the New York Journal-American. Jenkins was best known for his sports cartoons, which documented the major sporting events of the day, but he was also a prolific editorial cartoonist. The current example combines elements of both genres, with a foreground dominated a swooping, indomitable, and very athletic-looking American airman hovering over a defiant (but overmatched) Soviet army, in his hands a pair of enormous bombs -- a terrific piece of American Cold-War propaganda. The inscribee, E. Maurice Bloch, was an art historian, long-time professor at UCLA, and founder of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts in Los Angeles. His distinguished collection of graphics was auctioned by Christie's in 1991; this drawing was part of Lot 241 in Part 2 of the Bloch sale. Original drawing in graphite and ink, with white ink highlights. Sheet size 33cm x 58cm (ca 13" x 23") with ca. 1" margins. Titled in pencil, top margin. Signed in image, lower right; additionally inscribed in lower margin: "With best wishes to Professor E. Maurice Bloch / Burriss Jenkins," undated but ca 1950. Smudging in margins; compositor's directions written below image; Near Fine. Archivally mounted to a hinged gallery mat with mylar window.
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