Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Emperor of Japan from 1926 to his death in 1989. During the Second World War, Hirohito was an occasional target of ridicule in cartoons. What appears to have been meant as a caricature of Hirohito is seen in the Private Snafu short Spies (Jones, 1943) as one of the three figures next to a newsstand where Snafu is buying magazines to read on his troopship. The other two caricatures are of Mussolini and Göering. Hirohito appears as a duck, singing a varation on “Japanese Sandman” in The Ducktators (McCabe, 1942).