The cartoonists drew on celestial symbolism to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s longest-serving ruler died on Thursday aged 96. In the main cartoon gallery image this week, by Bill Bramhall, St. Peter greets the queen at the pearly gates with the words: “May I just say, Madam, well done.”
Scott Stantis picks up the theme with an impressionistic take on Queen Elizabeth meeting her late husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died in 2021 aged 99. Dana Summers sees her alongside Prime Minister Winston Churchill – the first Prime Minister of his long reign – and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to hold the post.
Phil Hands takes a more oblique approach, drawing one of Queen Elizabeth’s beloved corgis wearing her crown darkly. Walt Handelsman depicts a royal servant packing one of the Queen’s signature hats into a hatbox.
The cartoonists also comment on the reaction to President Joe Biden’s speech condemning the “maga Republicans” and sounding the alarm about the state of American democracy. Republicans have criticized Biden for being “divisive”. Nick Anderson, among others, points to the often crude partisanship of the MAGA crowd.
Mike Luckovich recalls a time of national unity 21 years ago when terrorists attacked New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
Other topics covered in the cartoons include the indictment of former White House adviser Steve Bannon on state charges stemming from his fundraising for the southern border wall; an oppressive heat wave in California; the change in political leadership in Britain; and the murder of a Las Vegas investigative reporter, allegedly by a political candidate who was the subject of his coverage.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and Steve Breen, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.