Dr. Seuss on War & Politics

I have always been a big fan of Dr. Seuss but hadn’t been aware until this evening of his role as an editorial cartoonist. Special thanks to AbbaGav, the Loyal Expat Laker fan.


by Richard H. Minear

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991) was a life-long cartoonist: in high school in Springfield, Massachusetts; in college at Dartmouth (Class of 1925); as an adman in New York City before World War II; in his many children’s books, beginning with To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street (1937). Because of the fame of his children’s books (and because we often misunderstand these books) and because his political cartoons have remained largely unknown, we do not think of Dr. Seuss as a political cartoonist. But for two years, 1941-1943, he was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM (1940-1948), and for that journal he drew over 400 editorial cartoons.

The Dr. Seuss Collection in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego, contains the original drawings and/or newspaper clippings of all of these cartoons. This website makes these cartoons available to all internet users. The cartoons have been scanned from the original newspaper clippings in the UCSD collection.

Dr. Seuss Goes to War by historian Richard H. Minear (The New Press, 1999) reproduced some two hundred of the PM cartoons. That means that two hundred of the cartoons available here have received no airing or study since their original appearance in PM. The cartoons Dr. Seuss published in other journals are even less known; there is no mention of them in Dr. Seuss Goes to War.

I have provided a few samples here.

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  1. Stacey February 21, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    I saw a Dr. Seuss exhibit back in Sept., so I was aware of this. I love Dr. Seuss.

  2. MC Aryeh February 21, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks, Jack. I love it when authors i am familiar with surprise me with something different. Pretty cool to see another side of Dr. Seuss…

  3. Jack's Shack February 21, 2006 at 2:07 pm


    The more things change, the more they stay the same.


    That is what I said when I came across these.


    Ding, Ding, Ding.You win the prize a free night to watch the Lakers take on the Mavericks.

  4. Gavriel February 21, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    WOW, I got hit number 111111 on your hit counter! I feel special, even more so after you so graciously linked a fellow Laker fan. Thanks Jack.

  5. westbankmama February 21, 2006 at 7:56 am

    Wow! I had no idea Dr. Seuss did political cartoons – they are really good.

  6. Ezzie February 21, 2006 at 6:32 am

    He’s quite good! For some reason, this sounds familiar.

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