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Anthony Weiner's King Kong-sized scandal captured by John Cuneo, former Denver artist

For political pundits and satirists, Anthony Weiner is the gift that keeps on giving. Even as he was resigning from the House in disgrace, it turns out that "Carlos Danger" kept living dangerously, sexting other women around the country. How did he find the time to run for mayor of New York? The latest revelations of his penile proclivities make the cover of the New Yorker this week, and who got the King Kong-sized job of illustrating this mess? Artist John Cuneo, who did many pieces for Westword when he lived in Denver decades ago.

But Colorado's scandals never rose to the Weiner level...

Well, there was that Monkey Business that sank Gary Hart's presidential aspirations. Cuneo drew Hart for us, too. But Weiner was the 800-pound gorilla.

"With a topic like Anthony Weiner, how can you find anything broad or funny that he hasn't already personally breached?" Cuneo tells the New Yorker. "Free association made me think of the Empire State Building, and then King Kong, the iconic image of him straddling it. And then Weiner sexting, his head tilted and looking a certain way -- I just stumbled upon the image as I was sketching. But all I could think about while working on this piece was, 'Will Weiner still be in the race by the time it runs?'"

So far, so very good. Here's Cuneo's cover:

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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