The preeminent American political cartoonist's classic reinterpretation of Dante's Inferno as a satirical indictment of capitalism — as it has never been seen before.
Capitalist oligarchs and their minions have been condemned to Hell, but they lead a hostile takeover, throw out Satan, and privatize the Inferno. Operated by a corporate monopoly who maximizes profits and misery, Hell has become the perfect capitalist paradise. Fantagraphics, the premier publisher of cartoon art, presents each page of Young's art scanned from the original and reproduced in full color. His brushstrokes are clearly visible and this artwork appears as it did on his drawing board. This edition also includes the original 1934 essays by Young and his "friend, admirer, and attorney" Charles Recht, a foreword by acclaimed graphic designer Steven Heller, and an introduction by art collector and documentarian Glenn Bray.
About the Author
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence to a family of minor nobility. He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in 1321.
Art Young was an American political cartoonist and writer who was born in 1866 and died in 1943. He attended the Chicago Academy of Design, the Art Students League of New York, and the Academie Julian. Young is most known for his contributions to the radical socialist magazine The Masses.
Steven Heller is an authority on graphic design, so much so that the AIGA's Cultural Commentary prize is in his name.
Glenn Bray lives in California’s San Fernando Valley with his wife, the Dutch editor Lena Zwalve.
Political cartoons usually have the shelf life of yogurt, yet many of Art Young's drawings from the early twentieth century remain fresh and hilariously witty.
Published at a time when political rancor overwhelms nearly every other conversation, [Young's work] is a welcome reminder of how poignant, elegant and, yes, funny a historic political cartoon can be.