Stalin, Joseph

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

(d. 1953)

    Soviet dictator from from the late 1920s through his death in 1953. Stalin was one of the “Big Three” allied leaders during World War II, so it is not surprising that caricuatures of him appear in wartime cartoons, usually frightening or otherwise abusing Adolf Hitler. These cartoons are Tin Pan Alley Cats (Clampett, 1943) in which he appears booting Hitler, Russian Rhapsody (Clampett, 1944) in which the Gremlins use a Stalin mask to scare Hitler, and Herr Meets Hare (Freleng, 1945) in which Bugs appears as Stalin.

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