Opaque watercolor and ink over graphite pencil on paper
48.2 x 33.3cm (19 x 13 1/8")
Mat (Verified): 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
During his 1960 visit to the United Nations, on New York City's East Side, Nikita Khrushchev was accompanied by eight Communist bloc leaders. In this Time cover, cartoonist Herbert Block ("Herblock") transformed them into a West Side Story gang in leather jackets. The man in the trenchcoat, standing on the left, away from the others, is Wladyslaw Gomulka of Poland, who displayed his independence by taking his UN seat in a distant corner, away from Khrushchev. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, smiling, unlike the rest of the grim-faced crew, is depicted as the new kid hanging out with the gang. The gang members are Mehmet Shehu, Albania; Todor Zhivkov, Bulgaria; Kirill Mazurov, Byelorussia; Antonin Novotny, Czechoslovakia; Janos Kadar, Hungary; Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, Romania; and Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslavia.