Back in 1973, The Interior Journal had a rare asset for a small weekly paper to land: a local editorial cartoonist.
Jerry Alexander's drawings were a regular feature on the A2 editorial page. Some of his cartoons from January and February 40 years ago have anti-drug messages, including one detailing how to report heroin deals to authorities.
Another — originally published Feb. 8, 1973, and reproduced here — displays an ominous "drug hand" descending from the sky to grab an unsuspecting Stanford boy as he whistles down the street.
Editorial cartoonists are incredibly rare these days, even at larger papers. Syndicated cartoonists are what most papers have to make due with.
No matter how witty or clever a syndicated cartoonist gets, they're cartoons are always limited to national or global issues.
The depth of meaning in their cartoons is severely limited, too, because they have to draw cartoons that a large portion of people around the nation will understand.
You can't very easily delve into the intricacies and nuance of an issue via syndicated editorial cartoons the way you can if you're blessed with a local resident who's willing to draw and attentive to local issues.
Maybe sometime in the future, the IJ will be lucky enough to land another local cartoonist. Until then, for this week at least, I'll let Jerry's work take center stage on A2 one more time.
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