15 Historic Cartoons That Changed The World

    Art critics, art historians, aestheticians, and others too often tend to dismiss cartoons and caricatures as silly — not serious — trivial, and irrelevant. Yet as the following list of cartoons and caricatures that have wreaked havoc throughout history should make clear, cartoons can have a powerful psychological, emotional, and political impact.

    1. James Gillray

    2. Honore Daumier

    3. Thomas Nast

    4. Art Young and Robert Minor


    6. Louis Raemaekers

    7. Philip Zec

    8. David Low

    9. Der Sturmer

    10. David Levine

    11. The Danish Muhammuds and Plantu

    12. Bob Grossman

    13. Barry Blitt

    14. Art Spiegelman

    15. Zapiro

    Navasky, former editor and publisher of The Nation, is chairman of The Columbia Journalism Review. His latest book is The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power, which is available on Amazon.