In the 1930s he became one of the most famous poster artists in England, producing the famous poster for the Flying Scotsman train and other well-known advertising designs. From 1937 until 1961 he was the chief political cartoonist for the pro-Labour Daily Herald, depicting Hitler and the Nazis as strutting buffoons.
Zec’s most controversial cartoon appeared in 1942. It depicted a torpedoed sailor on a raft and stated below, “The price of petrol has been increased by one penny – Official.”
The implication, that war profiteering was the official policy of the British government, infuriated many in Parliament. Zec’s original caption had been entirely different; the offending words were added by the newspaper. Zec is regarded as among the handful of great British political cartoonists of his time. He served as a director of the Jewish Chronicle.
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