Nantucket Nightmare

Editorial cartoons by Atropos

Richard C. Maloney created this series of editorial cartoons that appeared in the Inquirer and Mirror under the signature “Atropos” (one of the three sister Fates in Greek mythology). His cartoons provided satirical social commentary on Nantucket’s burgeoning development issues − from housing, to automobiles, to new buildings, to tourism. Many of them have a strong resonance today, with the island facing the difficulties surrounding developments that were beginning to appear in the early 1970s. The artist’s original drawings include draft captions that on occasion were revised in the final printing. It remains a mystery to this day whether the identity of “Atropos” was ever revealed in his lifetime. Maloney’s granddaughter, Catherine T. Maloney, generously donated the material for this exhibition.

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