A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 3, 1960

A cartoon," says Herbert Lawrence Block, "is an offensive weapon." For some 30 years Herblock, now 50, has been using his weapon with such skill and power that even critics who disagree with his barbed points of view recognize him as the foremost editorial cartoonist in the U.S.

Since most of his work is seen in daily newspapers (from his regular chair at the Washington Post and Times-Herald, his cartoons are syndicated in more than 200 newspapers), his cover painting for this week's TIME is a rare reproduction of Herblock in color. Last week, after he finished painting Khrushchev and his gang,...

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