The late cartoonist Bill Mauldin is remembered for his bold social and political commentary for nearly half a century and for his depiction of life in the trenches during World War II. Stationed in Europe during WWII, Mauldin drew cartoons for the Stars and Stripes featuring two infantrymen named Willie and Joe. Willie and Joe captured the experiences and emotions of an entire generation of soldiers—so much so that Willie appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1944. In 1945, Mauldin won his first Pulitzer Prize, “for distinguished service as a cartoonist, as exemplified by the series entitled ‘Up Front with Mauldin.’”
Mauldin became staff cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1959. In the same year, he won his second Pulitzer for a cartoon entitled I won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What was your crime? In 1962, Mauldin moved to the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked until his retirement in 1991. One of Mauldin’s most famous cartoons, depicting the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial holding his head in his hands, appeared in the paper after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.
In his lifetime, Mauldin wrote and illustrated over twelve books, including Up Front (1945), Bill Mauldin’s Army (1951, republished in 1983), and The Brass Ring (1971). Mauldin passed away at the age of 81 in 2003.
Image Copyright Bill Mauldin 1963. Courtesy of Mauldin Estate.
The Twentieth Century’s Greatest Editorial Cartoon
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Copyright Bill Mauldin 1963. Courtesy of Mauldin Estate.