The 21st century has most cartoonists stumped. How on earth do you satirise these crazy times? Michael Heath, almost alone among his peers, has succeeded. His uncanny ability to spot emerging trends has made his Battle for Britain strip both very funny and oddly prophetic. Heath uses cartoon characters from yesteryear; men and women from the 1950s, but often distorted and placed in a modern setting. The result is surreal and hilarious; a piece of social commentary that gives us a rare objective look at what we’ve become.
I have followed HEATH’s work in major publications for over half a century. His acuity capturing the follies, fads and funny side of life is unbeatable. Many times I’ve spotted people in the street, tottering on platform shoes or dealing with squawling brats who could have jumped straight out of one of his cartoons. His Private Eye series “Great Bores of Today” had people squirming with embarrassment for it’s targets, and cringing in case they might be in the next frame. This collection of doctored 30s and 40s strips is another example of his witty observational genius. And, what’s more, he has just discovered Australia, which he adores. Enjoy! - Barry Humphries
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Heath was born in Bloomsbury, London. His work has appeared in numerous British publications including Punch, Lilliput, the Evening Standard, The Evening News, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Mail on Sunday, and Private Eye; all his work is signed simply as “HEATH”. He has been cartoon editor of The Spectator magazine since 1991, and the cartoons which are published have not always adhered to the magazine’s conservative politics.