Tonight I’m searching for images of the Korean War. I don’t really know why, I’m just sort of following a feeling. Last week my friend Shauna sent me this link to an article about North Korea and South Korea allowing rail travel again between the two countries.
For some reason I thought of the comics my cousins showed me on my second trip to Korea, where North Koreans were pictured as demonic. I found this.
This one of Stalin Buddha is amazing.
The title to this one is, “Why Must Your Leaders Bow To Russian Masters?”
This next one was prescient. “North Korean Farmers! Hide Your Rice! Don’t Starve For Communism!” It’s dated 1952.
I keep thinking about who made them, and who saw them, and what happened to them. I try to imagine putting this on a wall and walking home.
All of these images are from this collection over at Kirkwood Community College’s website.