"1962 Release of the Cold War novel, "Fail Safe""   Lot no. 2321

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

1962 (Estimated)
9.00" x 13.00"
Pen & Ink, Acetate Overlays of India Ink on Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the 1962 release of the nightmarish Cold War novel `Fail-Safe`, by Eugene Burdick & Harvey Wheeler, later made into a 1964 film directed by Sidney Lumet that starred Henry Fonda, with screenplay adaptation by formerly blacklisted `Hollywood Ten` writer, Walter Bernstein. On 14" x 22" illustration board, with two acetate overlays of india ink, studying the composition. Probably for the New York Hewrald-Tribune. 9" x 13" image. Soiled, tape residue, glue on one man`s head.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.