Banzai! Cartoons of the Great East Asia War

Mark Bryant looks at the cartoons published in imperial Japan during the Second World War.

The cover of Manga, October 1940. Axis foreign ministers Ribbentrop, Matsuoka and Ciano toast their pact against the Allies.In Britain we are accustomed to seeing the Second World War through the eyes of the victorious Allies, especially the English-speaking ones such as Britain, Australia and the USA. This also applies to political cartoons and caricature, with drawings by artists ranging from David Low, Vicky (Victor Weisz), Leslie Illingworth, Philip Zec and Sidney Strube to Arthur Szyk, Bill Mauldin, Vaughn Shoemaker, Daniel Fitzpatrick and H.B. (‘Mick’) Armstrong.

To read this article in full you need to be either a print + archive subscriber, or else have purchased access to the online archive.

If you are already a subscriber, please ensure you are logged in. 

Buy Subscription | Buy Online Access | Log In

If you are logged in and still cannot read the article, please email

Get Miscellanies, our free weekly long read, in your inbox every week