In the tradition of advocacy cartooning through the ages, the NY-based political comics anthology World War 3 reminds us that the late Ed Koch, former mayor of New York, wasn’t always a beloved avuncular figure. Contemporary cartoons from Eric Drooker, Steve Brodner and Tom Keough take on Kach’s handling of the homeless, affordable housing and police brutality.
Such cartoons—and WW3 is a bursting treasure trove of outrage and the outrageous—are not only a fascinating time capsule but raise issues that are still unsolved today. As we’ve noted here before, political cartoons go back to the very roots of the medium and represent some of its strongest material.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.