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'Breaking Bad's Walter White, Bashar Assad share this week's New Yorker cover

Here's how cartoonist Barry Blitt portrayed Walter White and Bashar Assad on a single New Yorker cover.
Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Sept. 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM   |   Comments

Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The New Yorker's most recent cover pairs two "chemists" currently making headlines abroad and at home -- the cancerous anti-hero of television's most-discussed drama and a real-life Syrian dictator linked to sarin attacks on his own people.

Barry Blitt, who frequently contributes cartoons and illustrations to the magazine, drew meth-maker Walter White entering his lab to find Bashar Assad meddling with the tubes and beakers.

The New Yorker explained that Blitt, who has 77 covers under his belt, "often turns to current events for inspiration."

“Seems like there’s never a shortage of real life villains to make even the most conscience-free fictional character look comic in comparison -- alas," Blitt said.

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