Following his work illustrating Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, Spiegelman turned his focus to the autobiographical memoir, Maus. After interviewing his father, a holocaust survivor, about his experiences being imprisoned by the Nazis, Spiegelman serialized the story in Raw, an underground comics magazine.
Maus reflects on his father’s experiences during World War II, living as a prisoner in Jewish Ghettos in Poland, awaiting certain death in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and struggling as a Holocaust survivor. In depicting Jews as mice and Nazis as cats, Spiegelman provides the reader with forceful, personal images of the Holocaust.
Illustrations by Art Spiegelman
Spiegelman, Art. "Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History," Pantheon, August 12, 1986. Book
Spiegelman, Art. "Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began," Pantheon, September 1, 1992. Book