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Pandemics Compared

My new coronavirus cartoon is something of an infographic, comparing the sizes of all of the world’s great pandemics. Each virus monster is sized to approximate the number of deaths in each pandemic.

I know this isn’t what editors want to see from editorial cartoons. Editors like funny jokes –but I love infographics. I drew a syndicated comic called TRUE! in the 1990’s, inspired by the cute infographics in USA Today.

(I kept flashing back to my Muppet days when I drew this, and kept wanting to put the ping-pong ball eyes on the tops of the “heads”.)

Lots of people ask me to post my roughs online. I hate doing that, but you want it, so I do it. Here’s the sketch.

I’m posting these first on Instagram (@daryl.cagle). I don’t have a lot of followers on Instagram. Come follow me and you’ll see some early, exclusive stuff, like my terrible, messy sketches! Here’s a detail …

The editor at the Albuquerque Journal and a professor at George Washington University spotted an error in my cartoon and I issued a correction. This is the original, incorrect cartoon is below, the corrected version is above. Can you spot the error and correction? (answer below).


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What I got wrong …

The error was that I left our a decimal point on Ebola – the deaths were 11.3K, not 113K – ten times less!

Some good news for a change.

 


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By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post. For the past 35 years, Daryl has been one of America’s most prolific cartoonists.

4 replies on “Pandemics Compared”

I wonder how deadly some of those other plagues would’ve been had the germ theory of disease been discovered a couple of centuries earlier and if modern sanitation, isolation and eventually, I hope, vaccinations .Just what the difference would’ve been?

Much as I like the info graphic, and I do… bubonic plague is a a bacterium, not a virus. It’s caused by Yersinia pestis,. That means three plagues listed in your infographic are mislabeled as viruses. Those would the first one to the left, being bubonic plague 1347-1361 AD, the Justinian Plague 541-542 AD, and the Antonine Plague 165-180 AD..

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