Herb BlockIn addition to being a remarkably gifted cartoonist, Herb Block also became an accomplished writer, particularly on the subjects of his work and times. During his lengthy career, he published twelve collections of his cartoons. Many included extended written commentary, a feature that distinguishes his books from those of most cartoonists. A Library of Congress staff member’s request for a booklet of cartoons about communism led to the first published collection of his cartoons, a pamphlet entitled Herblock Looks at Communism (1950). Publication of The Herblock Book: Text and Cartoons followed in 1952, succeeded by ten additional titles over the decades—each containing a distinctive group of cartoons and text conveying Block’s insights about a defined period of the twentieth century. His writing culminated in Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life (1993, 1998), the autobiographical account of his career and philosophy.

Herblock Looks at Communism

 

Herblock Looks at Communism, 1950. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (95.00.00). Cover: LC-DIG-ppmsca-23760

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The Herblock Book: Text and Cartoons by Herbert Block

 

The Herblock Book: Text and Cartoons by Herbert Block. Boston: Beacon Press, 1952. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (83.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22198

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Herblock’s Here and Now

 

Herblock's Here and Now. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (84.00.00) . Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22199

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Herblock’s Special for Today

 

Herblock's Special for Today. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (85.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22200

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Straight Herblock

 

Straight Herblock. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1964. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (86.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22201

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The Herblock Gallery

 

The Herblock Gallery. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (87.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22202

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Herblock’s State of the Union

 

Herblock's State of the Union. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (88.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22203

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Herblock Special Report

 

Herblock Special Report. New York: Norton, 1974. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (89.00.00). Dust jacket:LC-DIG-ppmsca-22204

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Herblock on All Fronts: Text and Cartoons

 

Herblock on All Fronts: Text and Cartoons. New York: New American Library, 1980. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (90.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22205

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Herblock Through the Looking Glass

 

Herblock Through the Looking Glass. New York: Norton, 1984. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (91.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22206

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Herblock at Large: “Let’s Go Back a Little . . .” and Other Cartoons with Commentary

 

Herblock at Large: Lets Go Back a Little . . . and Other Cartoons with Commentary. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (92.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22207

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Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life

 

Herblock: A Cartoonist's Life. New York: Macmillan, 1993. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (93.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22208

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Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life

 

Herblock: A Cartoonist's Life. Updated and expanded with an introduction by Katharine Graham. New York: Times Books, 1998 . Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (94.00.00). Dust jacket: LC-DIG-ppmsca-22209

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