Illustrations to the second volume of “History of the 20th Century through the Eyes of “The Crocodile” Magazine”.
“History of the 20th Century through the Eyes of “The Crocodile” Magazine” is a 12-volume edition that is based on caricatures and sketches from the main Soviet satirical magazine “The Crocodile" (1922-1992). The goal of this edition is not only to show the long forgotten comic images and essays, but also to initiate a serious discussion about the century we grew in and the events that changed the world.
Each book featured several galleries of caricatures and genre scenes picked from the magazine's archive and dedicated to a certain topic. In this volume we collected galleries about the main characters of the Soviet propaganda of the 40s.
Each image presents 'anatomy' of a character (Capitalist, Pauper, Dictator, Soldier and Partisan). The images reflect the cliché notions about these characters, fostered by the Soviet propaganda - i. e. as they were seen through the eyes of the Soviet people of the era.
I have translated the captions into English, but a lot of puns get lost in translation, so I leave the Russian version for the native speakers (please, scroll down).
THE ENGLISH VERSION
THE RUSSIAN VERSION