Here’s a fascinating book from 1958 I just picked up. It was produced when there was a lot of criticism of “Ugly Americans” that traveled to foreign lands and made nuiances–or worse–of themselves (unlike today ;o) ). It is amazing because of two reasons. (1) The A-list cartoonists that contributed to it, Charles Schulz, Walt Kelly, Al Capp, Hank Ketcham, Milton Caniff, Ernie Bushmiller, Rube Goldberg, etc. and (2) It’s not exactly clear who the audience is. Is it trying to educate insensitive Americans? Or is it an arrogant defense to ungrateful foreigners who should be damn happy for the American dollars being spent in their lands? What do you think, Arf Lover?!?
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— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)