James Montgomery Flagg

United States
(1877-1960)

American artist, comics artist and illustrator.

Born in New York, Flagg was published since the age of 12, including big publications like LIFE Magazine.

Flagg became very well known after producing the image for ‘Uncle Sam Wants YOU!’, as well as ‘WAKE UP AMERICA!’.

At his peak, Flagg was reported to have been the highest paid magazine illustrator in America. He worked for the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s which were two of the most popular US Journals.

Later, F.D.R. praised for his resourcefulness during the Uncle Sam production, since Flagg used his own image as influence for the face of Uncle Sam. He cited ‘not wanting to pay for a model’ when asked about it.

 

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