Willie & Joe: The WWII Years


Mauldin, Bill; Todd Depastino


Mauldin, Bill; Todd Depastino. Willie & Joe: The WWII Years. Fantagraphics Books, 2011. First Edition, First Printing. ISBN: 9781606994399. pp. 692. Thick 4to. Replete with black-and-white, and colour illustrations, drawings, et al. No detectable flaws, contents bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding. Appears unread; as new. Softcover. During WWII, the closest most Americans ever came to it was through the cartoons of Bill Mauldin, the most beloved enlisted man in the U.S. Army. Here, for the first time, Fantagraphics Books brings together Mauldin’s complete works from 1940 through the end of the war. This collection of over 600 cartoons, most never-before-reprinted, is more than the record of a great artist: it is an essential chronicle of America’s citizen-soldiers from peace through war to victory. Bill Mauldin knew war because he was in it. With their heavy brush lines, detailed battlescapes, and pidgin of army slang and slum dialect, Mauldin’s cartoons and captions recreated on paper the fully realized world of the American combat soldier. Their dark, often insubordinate humor sparked controversy among army brass and incensed General George S. Patton, Jr. This tome is edited by Todd DePastino, Mauldin’s official biographer: Willie & Joe contains an introduction and running commentary by DePastino, providing context for the drawings, pertinent biographical details of Mauldin’s life, and occasional background on specific cartoons (such as the ones that made Patton howl). (#2891) $89.00