And now the second installment of Great Cartoons of the World, Series 6 from 1972.
Editor John Bailey writes of the interior:
Most great cartoonists are either timely or timeless. The timeless cartoon is beyond the fashion of the period. A Rembrandt portrait has so much truth in it that the subject is an insignificant Dutchman. In a similar way, the timeless cartoon has little to do with clothing, and is apt to dress its characters in neuter fashion, in the way of Thurber and Lear--a primitive, amoebic form that transcends style and becomes art.
Oddly enough, the timeless cartoon has to do with the Eternal Truth. When you fall over sideways from laughing, it is because the cartoonist has touched upon such subjects as man's search for love, understanding, peace, joy, and power
Donald Reilly in The New Yorker
The introduction speaks of this cartoon in particular:
Reilly's “We've run out of virgins, O Mighty One!” really requires that the reader be a person of some culture, with a knowledge of prehistory, to fully appreciate the point. But no one would have difficulty understanding that the cartoon is in fact a very timely comment on the ubiquitous tourist, who is always finding himself in an ancient scene, equipped with his shoebox-lunch attitude
Boris Drucker, for Punch
Lee Lorenz also for The New Yorker
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