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Freedom From Want (Homages #261)

Homages to Freedom From Want, by Norman Rockwell, in chronological order. But first, the original...

Freedom From Want, by Norman Rockwell
Freedom From Want, by Norman Rockwell

Note: The information here is gathered from Freedom From Want on Wikipedia, and the Thanksgiving Archives page on the Saturday Evening Post's website.


On January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a State of the Union address known as the Four Freedoms speech. He said people everywhere should enjoy four freedoms:

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Worship
  • Freedom From Want
  • Freedom From Fear

Rockwell made paintings inspired by this speech that were used in the Saturday Evening Post. Freedom From Want was created in November, 1942, and published in the Post on March 6, 1943. It was only featured inside, and not as a cover. However, it has at least been depicted as a cover in a picture used for a jigsaw puzzle. This painting has seen many homages and parodies outside of comics, including two by the Saturday Evening Post itself featuring The Waltons and The Muppets. I'm sure there are more out there, but here's 52 that I found across the Internet:


The above images were all found via Google Image Search. They belong to whoever created them, and are here only as examples of homages to Norman Rockwell's Freedom From Want. Same goes for any seen in the comments which will likely come from Google or Facebook.

Rockwell's paintings were used in accompaniment with essays. The Freedom From Want essay was written by Filipino novelist Carlos Bulosan, and can be read on the Saturday Evening Post's website.


Concise Listing:

  • (4/16) Back To the Future #7. (variant)
  • (1/94) Barbie Fashion #37.
  • (1/03) Betty #119.
  • (Date?) Big Bang Adventures #8. (interior page)
  • (7/98) Chase #6.
  • (2/78) Crazy #34.
  • (4/10) Crossed Family Values #1. (and variant)
  • (4/09) Fantastic Four #564.
  • (2/06) Flare #31.
  • (11/12) Garfield #7. (variant)
  • (8/16) Harrow County #15.
  • (11/95) Jason vs. Leatherface #2.
  • (1/04) JSA #54.
  • (12/07) MAD #484.
  • (12/08) MAD Kids #13.
  • (1/19) Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Captain Marvel - Mealtime Mayhem #1.
  • (8/21) Not All Robots #1.
  • (12/08) Secret Invasion: Front Line #4.
  • (7/09) The Uniques #7.
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The list below is in chronological order.

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