Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Capitalism and communism cartoons

Common searches for this blog include "capitalism cartoon" and "communism cartoon", so here's my attempt to make both groups happy:

Perhaps the most famous "capitalist cartoon" is the IWW pyramid poster that's inspired many variations:

This one's titled "socialism illustrated", but I think it's a better example of "capitalism illustrated":

A couple of videos;

Three bonus items!

1. Superman supports socialism:

2. "I Fell For A Commie" via Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blog:

My favorite panel:

What's the horrible thing that the commies want? To take part in the democratic process, which makes me wonder if the writer believed what he was saying or was commenting on the red scare witch hunts of the day.

3. Not a cartoon, but my favorite illustration of the way the rich feel about the poor:

The first thing most people see is the girl giving the beggar the finger. But the two girls who're oblivious to the old woman are also part of the comment.


  1. The "I fell for a commie" comic reminds me of those "I married a monster from outer space" B-films of the 1950s. Even more disturbingly, I suspect that a communist was as alien to that writer as a space monster. Unless of course the writer had leftist sympathies and used the story as a vehicle to get socialist ideas out there, even if that twit of a female character had to call everyone a traitor to get past the Comics Code.

    1. I'd believe anything anyone told me about the writer's intention, 'cause people were as crazy about communism then as people are about Islam today.

      The twit female, alas, was a stock character, and, too often, still is.