Hell was once a desolate place of fire and brimstone wherein all were miserable. And then the capitalists came and supplanted Satan’s rule with the almighty power of the dollar. Now, only the poorest of sinners suffer, while rich hellions live in relative comfort and luxury. Modern conveniences now placate the masses, swanky hotels and thrilling amusement parks entice tourists — and Hell has become more hellish than ever before.
In 1934, the celebrated political cartoonist Art Young conjured a vision of Hell that in its greed, inequity, and misery reflected the all-too-real hellscape of Depression-era America, and stands as one of the most searing indictments of capitalism ever published. This stunning re-issue of the classic illustrated novel presents Young’s lush pen-and-ink drawings as facsimiles of his original pages; the artwork appears as it did on his drawing board, with visible brushstrokes and pencil annotations.
This edition also includes a foreword by curator Glenn Bray and an introduction by acclaimed graphic designer Steven Heller — plus the original 1934 essays by Young himself and his "friend, admirer, and attorney" Charles Recht.
"Young was of his time, ahead of his time, and timeless in terms of conceptual acuity and pictorial savvy. Nothing proves this better than this superb new edition of his 1934 classic." — Print Magazine
"Political cartoons usually have the shelf life of yogurt, yet many of Art Young's drawings from the early twentieth century remain fresh and hilariously witty." — The New Yorker
"Young's social commentary seeks to punish the abusively wealthy in the here and now. His pen, whether drawing or printing, is filled with the same critical wit." — PopMatters
"Published at a time when political rancor overwhelms nearly every other conversation, [Young's work] is a welcome reminder of how poignant, elegant and, yes, funny a historic political cartoon can be." — Chicago Tribune