|"Kaiser Wilson" by Boardman Robinson in The Masses, October, 1917|
|"Der Geist Jaurès'" by Olav Gulbransson in Simplicissimus, Munich, October 16, 1917|
If the cartoons of the day are to be believed, Germany had high hopes for a peace settlement proposed by Pope Benedict XV. The proposal included freedom for Belgium, Poland and Armenia, restoration of Alsace-Lorraine to France and Italian-speaking areas of Austria's empire to Italy, and negotiations for the status of Balkan states — essentially wiping out any of the Central Powers' military gains. Since England, France and the U.S. refused to negotiate with the existing governments of the Central Powers, however, Germans were pleased to be able to blame the continuation of the war on the Entente powers.
|"Englands Antwort auf die Papstnote" by Thomas Theodor Heine in Simplicissimus, Munich, October 16, 1917|
|"Spirit of Conquest" by Maurice Radiguet in Le Rire, Paris, September or October, 1917|
|"Jardins de Guerre" by Adolphe Willette in La Baïonette, Paris, May 24, 1917|
|"Hey, Mister," by R. B. Fuller in Cartoons Magazine, Chicago, October, 1917|
|"Freckles and His Friends" by Merrill Blosser for NEA, December 31, 1917|
|"Doings of the Duffs" by Walter Allman, NEA, October 9, 1917|
If there is any cartoon that demonstrates how startling the realistic portrayal of Bill Mauldin's Willie and Joe would be to the next generation of American cartoon readers, it's got to be this drawing for the cover of the Newspaper Enterprise Association's monthly bulletin to its subscribing editors, Pep.
|Cover illustration by DeAlton Valentine for Pep, NEA, Cleveland, Ohio, September, 1917|
|"A Miner Success" by Bruce Bairnsfather in The Bystander, London, July, 1917|
|"A Carriage Full of Bairnsfathers" by E.T. Reed in The Bystander, London, August, 1917|