You are browsing the archive for World War 2.

Was sitcom inspired by cartoons?

February 24, 2011 in News

A series of World War 2 cartoons that may have helped inspire British sitcom Dad’s Army have surfaced. The cartoons are part of a pamphlet published in 1945 about the Home Guard and featuring a bumbling group of ill-equipped soldiers. Writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft started to write the TV show – a classic – in 1968.

The artist, who remains a mystery despite the signature ‘Plum’ or ‘Plumley’, may also have been inspired himself by Bruce Bairnsfather‘s famous World War 1 cartoon “Well, if you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it.” for one of his creations shown above.

The pamphlet, Home Guard Humour was discovered by Campbell McCutcheon at a postcard fair and is being republished by Amberley Publishing.

PCO Procartoonists – The power of images

August 24, 2007 in General

The BBC magazine has produced an interesting piece on family board games from World War 2. When you read the piece and look at the games, they were clearly no more than thinly disguised political propaganda.

At the time these were made, sold and distributed, the government, who encouraged their production, was clearly, keenly aware of the power that drawn cartoon and comic imagery had as an attractive sales device.

Presumably, BLOGHORN thinks, the power of what professional artists do, has not changed in the intervening 60 years, but the context in which art with a message can be used has clearly changed a very great deal. What do you think?