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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Peter Kuper (b. 1958). Missing, 2001. Enamel spray paint, watercolor, colored pencil and collage. Published: World War 3 Illustrated, no. 32. front cover. Sacramento: Mordam Records, 2001. Gift, Peter Kuper, 2002. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (020.01.00) © Peter Kuper, 2001, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-01865

Haunting Image

Soon after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Peter Kuper, an acclaimed cartoonist and graphic novelist, joined other illustrators and writers in the comics community who responded swiftly and with powerful artistry to the shocking events. Kuper created this cover design for the special 9-11 issue of World War 3 Illustrated, a “semi-annual comix and graphics magazine,” that he co-founded as an artist/editor. His jarring, visual symbol of New York City as a disfigured hand encapsulates the immediate horror of the event.