With the 20th anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon, the 20th anniversary of Woodstock, and the 200th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 1989 was a year that celebrated history-shaping events. It was a year of discovery as Voyager II
surveyed Neptune, and a year of tragedies as the Middle East conflict and airline crashes were continuously in the news.
In 1989, the U.S. declared war on drug lords, and Columbian drug lords declared war on their government. Milestones were reached in the Eastern bloc as Poland’s Communist party took a backseat to Solidarity, and Mikhail Gorbachev faced independence rallies in Soviet republics. Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran took his last breath just months after he ordered the unconditional execution of best-selling author Salman Rushdie. The abortion controversy challenged the Supreme Court, while the savings and loan crisis and environmental protection occupied the Bush administration. And finally, while congressional ethics were regarded by some to be at an all-time low, Batman paraphernalia was at an all-time high. In short, editorial cartoonists had a wealth of subjects from which to choose.
Long considered the most definitive collection of editorial cartoons, Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 1990 Edition is a must for the political minded, the history buff, the humorist, and the artist. It includes more than 340 cartoons, representing the best works of 160 outstanding cartoonists from the U.S., Canada, and other nations.