Monday, May 28, 2012

Soldier Stories

Memorial Day seems a fitting time for a quick look back at the art of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin (1921–2003). While serving in the 45th Infantry Division during World War II, Mauldin began chronicling the plight of the average soldier through his characters Willie and Joe. The two regular grunts appeared in a pair of live-action slapstick films, Up Front (1951) and Back at the Front (1952), with Tom Ewell as Willie and David Wayne followed by Harvey Lembeck as Joe. To learn more about Mauldin, check out the online tribute from the Library of Congress.

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