JEAN EFFEL J Manuel Gasser [Deutscher Text: Seitc 443] ean Effel is not merely the most amiable of amiable cartoonists there are. For the great ma jority of the species is malicious. If we do not take their malice to heart, and even find it en joyable, it is only because they choose as their victims personalities and types who deserve no sympathy or are generally hated politicians, bores and Mrs. Grundy's. Jean Effel's favourite themes, however, are neither dictators, nor pot-bellied dul lards, nor yet disagreeable old women, but flowers, animals, children, little angels and a kindly Green-Pastures sort of God. His favourite stories are the creation of the earth, the life of Adam and Eve in Paradise, scenes among oysters, sea-horses [Texte francais: page 446] and naiads on the ocean bed, mythology, folk-lore and animal fables. At first sight these things may seem a little childish and insipid, a little devoid of the salt of wit. But when Eve sees a fig-leaf drifting on the wind and cries in surprise, "Look, an invisible man!" there is nothing very childish, in the derogatory sense, about the idea that gets the laugh; in fact, the joke presupposes a quick intellect. The same is true of Atlas, who carries the world on his shoulders and complains to Hermes: "No, it's not the weight, it's just having the South Pole melting on your neck all the time." Somebody will now want to know how this harmlessness and naivety are reconcilable with Effel the political cartoonist.

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