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Will B. Johnstone - Tojo snake

Japan's aggressive politics in the 1940s was a popular target of Will B. Johnstone. The depiction of the Japanese as "Tojo", with a snake body and - occassionally - a "peace talk" flag tied to his tail, was a classic.

A news item inspired this cartoon; "Japs dedicate new song to memory of late Admiral Yamamoto to remind people of determination to crush Anglo-americans". "Tojo", Hitler, Mussolini and French traitor Pierre Laval all get their share in these lyrics ("Tin Pan Alley, please write!", Johnstone has added), but also his own character "the Taxpayer".

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