Cartoon by Wolfgang Hicks

Wolfgang Hicks was a German political cartoonist, who was active in West-Germany after the war. Born in Hamburg, he was initially an artist and designer for advertisements and stage sets. He evolved from humorous caricatures to political cartoons, drawing inspiration from Olaf Gulbransson, Karl Arnold and Th. Heine. He made his cartooning debut at the age of 18 in the Hamburger Fremdenblatt. He subsequently contributed to the Koralle, BZ am Mittag and, from 1932, the social-democratic weekly Echo der Woche, for which he drew critical cartoons about the national-socialists. This led to a publication ban when the Nazi Party came to power.

Die Seefront by Hicks
Wacht im Westen #152 (4/3/1945)

During the war, he switched to pro-Nazi cartoons, and became a collaborator of the German army daily Wacht im Westen - Frontzeitung unserer Armee, a publication of the Propaganda Kompanie. Although World War II was near its end, the magazine continued publication, and was vividly illustrated. Hicks illustrated the back page, called 'Die Seefront', which contained cartoons, often of a antisemitic nature. Other artists for the magazine were Walter Hofmann and Karlheinz John.

Die Seefront by Hicks
Wacht im Westen (18/2/1945)

After the Second World War, he started making political cartoons for Der Stern and Die Zeit, and was the regular cartoonist for Die Welt from 1957. He has also illustrated books. Wolfgang Hicks passed away in Bonn in 1983.

Cartoon by Wolfgang Hicks
"Honeckers Arm im Palais Schaumburg" (1974)

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