What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck Magazine


by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West


A lavish coffee table book devoted to the most important political satire and cartoon magazine in American history. Published from 1877 to 1918, Puck was an American original—the country’s first and most successful humor magazine, the first magazine to publish color lithographs on a weekly basis, and for nearly forty years, a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists, led by its co-founder, Joseph Keppler.

Written and selected by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West with reproductions made from their unique collections and supplemented by the Library of Congress, this book is organized by subject matter, reflecting the most important issues of the day. Each cartoon is accompanied by an explanatory caption, placing the work in historical perspective. Many of the issues that dominated Puck’s pages more than one hundred years ago continue to dominate the political debate today.

Foreword by Bill Watterson / Designed by Lorraine Turner and Dean Mullaney / 12″ x 11″ / hardcover / color / 328 pp / ISBN 978-1-63140-046-9