Iconoclast in Ink: The Political Cartoons of Jay N. "Ding" Darling
Iconoclast in Ink: The Political Cartoons of Jay N. "Ding" Darling is a profusely illustrated volume of 194 pages with 102 black+white plates of Ding’s editorial cartoons ranging from March 30, 1907 to December 5, 1948, written by historian Richard Samuel West and published by The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
Jay N. "Ding" Darling (1876-1962) was one of America's most beloved political cartoonists. For more than four decadea, he drew for the Des Moines Register and his cartoons were syndicated around the country for millions to see. A two-time Pulitzer winner, Ding repeatedly topped popularity polls throughout the Twenties and Thirties. In Iconoclast in Ink, Richard Samuel West sets out to show that Ding was a fiercely independent spirit, a progressive Republican who followed his conscience, without a care for party dogma. This led him to take many surprising stands, such as impassioned support for the League of Nations and later the New Deal. Ding also was an influential conservationist and a founder of the National Wildlife Federation. A national wildlife refuge in Florida is named in his honor.