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World Citizen (Sir David Low 1891 - 1963)

From September 1951, David Low drew a cartoon strip for the Daily Herald called 'World Citizen'. It featured Low's 'common man' who, at the height of the Cold War, found himself one day a victim of McCarthyism and the next, perhaps, being purged by the Soviet Secret Police. World Citizen lived in a world of idealogies, austerities, production target and the growing threat of atomic warfare. According to Low: 'Since my hero is a World Citizen, place and distance will have no problem for him. He will pop up when necessity arises in Britain, America, Asia and Europe before and behind the Iron Curtain, getting himself complicated in the troubles of life under all systems: Fascism, Communism and Democracy. I hope he will demonstrate that alongside tragedy always lies comedy - even farce.'

The weekly strip was syndicated all over the world, and in the United States distribution was handled by the Register & Tribune Syndicate.