Editorial cartoons are also called as Political cartoons. Editorial cartoons are commonly found in the many newspapers and magazines especially in the editorial sections. Generally the purpose of such editorial illustrations is to convey an important political or social message that often relates to latest incidents and personalities.
Editorial Cartons, Historical Perspective:
The history of editorial cartoons dates back to 1720 when William Hogarth presented some satirical works which became very popular. Benjamin Franklin's 'Join or Die' which he created in 1754 and Francisco 'Goya's los Caprichos' also became popular as they evoke the burning political issues of the day. Editorial cartoons were also widely used during the first and Second World War used as propaganda, signifying war efforts of the countries involved. Many great cartoonists have emerged over the years highlighting common metaphors and symbols. Editorial cartoons also became widely popular in the United States, during the Vietnam War. Since all these years many usual metaphors and symbols have been used by different cartoonists. One brilliant example in this regard is Uncle Sam representing United States.
Editorial Cartoons, Modern Scenario:
Editorial cartoons are usually found in the editorial sections of many newspapers. These cartoon forms are also used for raising some radical and minority issues with a very transparent purpose of making people aware of the current political condition of a country. There are many political cartoonists who are very famous for arousing different radical and contemporary issues by the means of funny caricatures and cartoon characters. Another vibrant face of modern cartooning world is emergence of different online sources. Political cartoons are also sometimes published in non political books and magazines like Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury are sometimes found on the regular comics' page.
Sometimes Politicians find themselves unable to keep themselves away from the characters cartoonists create. Richard Nixon and Joe Clark are best examples in this regard. Political cartoon of George Bush, Hitler, Mahatama Gandhi and other are especially famous. Some famous names of editorial cartoonists are like Geoff Pryor, Ben Heine, Carlos Latuff, Georgio Forattini and others. Editorial cartoons of George William Bush, Hitler, Mahatama Gandhi and other are especially famous.