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Insider Histories of CartooningRediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creators$
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Robert C. Harvey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461428

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461428.001.0001

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The Old Soldier Fades Away

The Old Soldier Fades Away

After Half-a-Century of Unstuffing Shirts

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(p.171) 14. The Old Soldier Fades Away
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Insider Histories of Cartooning
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Robert C. Harvey

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461428.003.0014

This chapter claims that cartoonist Bill Mauldin created some of the most memorable cartoon images of the twentieth century. His creation Willie and Joe—who were scruffy, bristle-chinned, and stoop-shouldered in their wrinkled and torn uniforms—defied pointless Army regulations and rituals. They are faithful representation of the average foot soldier's plight and proclivities made Mauldin's cartoons immensely popular with the men in the trenches. His cartoons appeared regularly in Stars and Stripes, the famed serviceman's newspaper. He was later assigned to division headquarters and worked full-time as a soldier cartoonist. The images of Mauldin's reportage of the raw ironies of battlefield life won him the first of his two Pulitzer Prizes in 1945.

Keywords:   Bill Mauldin, Willie and Joe, foot soldiers, Stars and Stripes, soldier cartoonist, Pulitzer Prize

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