There are some issues that our society seems to struggle with but never fully resolve. They repeatedly surface in the public consciousness and are subsequently reflected in the work of editorial cartoonists. Two of those issues are represented here in cartoons spanning more than a century: police misconduct and gun control.

Police Misconduct

Zimmerman cartoon
Edward Zimmerman

“The Finest” (Brutes) in the World
June 11, 1887,
Judge, Vol. 12, Issue No. 295

Milai cartoon
Sam Milai

Police brutality? Not me…
January 20, 1968
Pittsburgh Courier
Ink, Conté crayon, and blue pencil on coquille board
Sam Milai Collection

Zyglis cartoonAdam Zyglis
[Untitled]
2015
The Buffalo News
Ink and pencil on paper
Gift of Adam Zyglis and The Buffalo News

Gun Control

Opper cartoonFrederick Opper
A Dangerous American Institution
December 14, 1881
Puck, Vol. 10, Issue No. 249

Pease cartoonLute Pease
Time to Arrest the Menace
194-?
Ink, Conté crayon, and blue pencil on coquille board
International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

Sanders cartoon
Bill Sanders
“Step right up, folks! Profit’s my name, death’s my game!”
Circa 1980
The Milwaukee Journal
Ink and mixed media on paper
International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

Stahler cartoonJeff Stahler
[Untitled]
1999
Cincinnati Post
Ink on paper
Jeff Stahler Collection

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