From the very foundation of the Crocodile Dmitry Ivanovich Melnikov collaborated in it. Particularly big number of his drawings was published in 1922-1923, and also in 1929-1930. Although they distinguished by specific sharpness and testified the author’s great vigilance, they lost in comparison to the works by such professionals as Moore, Cheremnykh and Malyutin. Melnikov belonged to caricaturists confident that the nature of humor lies in the deliberate distortion of the human form. Probably, that’s why the angular manner of his graphic handwriting, the emphasized dryness and monotony of the stroke, are so striking. More interesting and more expressive are his works on topics related to art; in particular, he managed to make sharp caricatures of artists and writers (Chaliapin, Stanislavsky, Yuzhin, Demyan Bedny).
CHANGE OF GENERATIONS (IP Abramsky “Laughter of the Strong”)