DURING THE AMERICAN midcentury of nuclear infancy that birthed Donald Trump, legendary sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury published his short-story collection “The Illustrated Man.” Two decades later, one of those short stories about a fatal mission, titled “The Rocket Man,” would inspire songwriter Bernie Taupin to pen hit lyrics for Elton John.

On Tuesday, as President Trump spoke with combative rhetoric in addressing the United Nations General Assembly, his language time-traveled back to that Cold War midcentury and Bradbury’s dire literary warnings. The commander in chief called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” and said the North Korean leader was on a “suicide mission.”

Politicians and writers the world over have been dissecting the president’s words and threats of a nation’s nuclear annihilation. But to distill Trump’s meanings down to their essence, perhaps we should turn to the illustrated men and women of the editorial pages.

Here is how some cartoonists responded to Trump’s U.N. speech:


by Signe Wilkinson/Philly.com (WPWG 2017)

MILT PRIGGEE (Cagle Cartoons):

by Milt Priggee/Cagle Cartoons 2017

R.J. MATSON (Roll Call):

by R.J. Matson / CQ Roll Call (CagleCartoons.com 2017)

DENG COY MIEL (Singapore):

by Deng Coy Miel/Singapore (CagleCartoons.com 2017)

STEVE SACK (Minneapolis Star Tribune):

by Steve Sack/Minneapolis Star Tribune (CagleCartoons.com 2017)

ANN TELNAES (The Washington Post):

by Ann Telnaes/The Washington Post 2017

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