Friday, December 4, 2009


Simplicissimus was a German satirical political magazine that boasted one of the most impressive collections of staff illustrators and designers ever assembled at one publication. The list of contributors is a who's who of turn of the century German writers and artists including but not limited to: George Grosz, Hermann Hesse, Alfred Kubin, Heinrich Kley, James Ensor etc. etc. The magazine went out of print shortly after the Nazis came to power seeing as Simplicissimus was highly critical of Hitler and his cronies. Most of the staff was forced to flee the country before WWII, and after the war it never really regained its level of quality, but thankfully some diligent soul has archived all of the pre WWII issues here. Check out a few of these awesome (and fantastically weird) covers..

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