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February 25, 2007|Jens Robinson | Jens Robinson is editor of CartoonArts International, which represents many leading American and international political cartoonists. He is filling in for Joel Pett, who has the week off.

Harassed at home and on the run abroad, political cartoonists can only dream of being essential players. But they can call the shots in a pen-and-ink world by using a visual tool, the morph.

Peter Schrank sees Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as materiel for President Bush's pre-Ahmadinejad nuclear nightmare. Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher expertly links Iraq to Vietnam through an intricate 'toon maneuver, the 30-year reverse succession. Godfrey "GADO" Mwampembwa starkly illustrates the danger of climate change with a signature death morph: Earth-to-mankind's-thick-skull (Is anyone listening?) The late Tom Darcy of New York Newsday, a Pulitzer Prize winner, shows how President Nixon's final disappearing act of resignation left a Ford in our future. Finally, a Kafkaesque metamorphosis from Bob Vincke depicts a creature trying to survive in an increasingly toxic environment -- and that should bug us all.

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