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L.C. needs to hype up the populace for war...


L.C. needs to hype up the populace for war...

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Physical description

Political cartoon in the Little Caesar series, with "ALAN MOIR" written in the top left hand corner under the title scroll. Hand drawn in black ink and shaded in sections, drawn on cardboard. Below the scroll is the words "L.C. NEEDS/ TO HYPE UP/ THE POPULACE/ FOR WAR..". The cartoon has six scenes and depicts Little Caesar and an aid walking toward a speaking podium. The aid says to Little Caesar "I'LL JUST TUCK/ HERE", to which Little Caesar asks "HOW DO /I LOOK?". The aide replies "EVERY TRUE PATROIT/ WILL BE OVERWHELMED". In the fourth scene Little Caesar proclaims "PEACE" and "FREEDOM" and wheedling a blood stained dagger claims "THE AMERICAN WAY". The cartoon has scribble in the bottom right hand corner and a white liquid substance on the top left where the aide's head is drawn. Artist's notes on the reverse read: "28.9.02".

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 220 original editorial cartoons drawn by Alan Moir and published in the Sydney Morning Herald from 1986-2003. 58 of the cartoons are from Moir's popular series entitled "Little Caesar" which is published in the Saturday edition of the paper.

This collection provides an overview of the work of one of Australia's leading political cartoonists, Alan Moir. Moir is the editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has also worked for The Bulletin and Courier Mail. The collection documents the twists and turns of Federal politics from 1986 to 2003. The prime ministerships of Hawke, Keating and Howard all reviewed through Moir's satirical gaze. Major issues covered include the economy, international relations, the introduction of the GST, corporate collapses, the Bali bombing and the second Gulf War.

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