Munich: [publisher not identified], 1949. Kozak, Edvard [EKO]; Gutsaliuk. Original illustrated wrappers. Good. Item #169
Octavo (15 x 21 cm). 63 pages; illustrations; advertisements. Text in Ukrainian. Minor wear to wrappers. Overall good copy.
An illustrated almanac-calendar is a jocular horoscope published in Munich in 1949 and spread among Ukrainians at the camps for “displaced persons.” The illustrations, as well as, hypothetically, the text of this calendar, were done by Edward Kozak himself who could not resist the temptation of caricaturing himself even in such a radically ironic manner. Owing to the keen wit and bravery of an intellectual artist and patriot, he won the acclaim of Ukrainians all over the world, and his art is still battling foreign enemies and our national weaknesses. The goal was to acknowledge Ukraine and its national liberation movement.
Edward Kozak (EKO), 1902-1992, was a noted painter, illustrator, caricaturist, writer-humorist, satirist, editor, and civic leader. He was born in the village of Hirne, Stryi district. After completing the high school in Stryi, he went on to study art in Vienna, Lublin, and Lviv at the Oleksa Novakivskyi Art School. His illustrations appeared in satirical periodicals (some of which he edited), children’s books, almanacs and individual literary works, including the Ukrainian satirical journal “Зиз” [Zyz], 1927-1933. In 1933, Zyz gave way to “Комар” [The Mosquito], another influential magazine published until 1939. Kozak was also considered the founder of Ukrainian comics. By the time he died on September 22, 1992, he had created hundreds of paintings, mosaic pictures for administrative buildings, and church murals, illustrated dozens of books and periodicals.
OCLC shows ten copies, as of April 2020.