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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (June 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891411593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891411598
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bill Maudlin died last week at 81, but his immortality was assured during World War II when the cartoonist created Willie and Joe, a pair of unshaven, hollow-eyed, grimy dogfaces who appeared in the pages of "Stars and Stripes," the Army newspaper. For Willie and Joe it was not just a question of fighting Germans on the way to Berlin but dealing with lousy K rations, boredom, wet socks, and officers who insisted on telling the men what to do. In 1945 these army cartoons, collected here in "Bill Mauldin's Army," won the then 23-year old cartoonist a Pulitzer Prize. The brass hated the strips, which they considered disrespectful, but Willie and Joe were loved by the G.I.'s. No other cartoonist was so identifiable with a subject since Thomas Nast took on Tammany Hall. It would take him fourteen years to earn a second Pulitzer but in good time his political cartoons, such as the one of the statue of Lincoln in his memorial bent over with his head in his hands after JFK's assassination, would make him equally respected by new generations.
In his cartoons Mauldin battled injustice and pretense with irony and humor, not only through his drawings but also his captions. Of course, as the cover shot of the soldier about to shoot his broken jeep amply evidences, he did not always need the captions. Other times the caption carries the cartoon, as when Willie and Joe are huddled in the snow and asking, "Remember the warm soft mud last summer?" Another classic shows an exhausted infantryman standing in front of a table where medals were being given out, saying: "Just gimme th' aspirin. I already got a Purple Heart." Many of these cartoons were originally published in "Up Front," Mauldin's 1944 best selling book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1998
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I wasn't old enough to be with them; I really wanted to be, but 13 year old infantrymen were considered a definite liability. Willie and Joe were the prime movers for the pivotal episode in our old lives; Mauldin made sure we knew that. This collection reminds us of a clearer age and purpose and focuses Andy Rooney's statement about D-Day: "-the most unselfish thing any group of people ever did for another-." 54 years late, I just visited the Normandy beaches and the military cemetery at Colville-sur-Mer; re-reading this collection puts all that in proper perspective.For me, and for a lot of other old guys, totally worthwhile.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2001
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This book contains an excellent collection of Mauldin's World War Two cartoons. The problem with the book is that the cartoons are arranged by subject rather than chronologically. The reader does not get the feel of the war as Mauldin lived it, nor does the reader see the development of the characters in the cartoons as Mauldin drew them. It is very distracting to see earlier and later drawings and situations of Willie and Joe mixed together, instead of being able to follow their story of the war. Even Mauldin in his introduction to the book recognized that the cartoons should be in chronological order, but the publisher would not allow it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By George R Dekle on August 22, 2000
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The original G.I. Joe was not a spiffy little action figure. He was a put-upon dogface with a sidekick named Willie. Together the two friends faced the rigors of training camp, the mindless bureaucracy of a massive army, and the horrors of war. As Dilbert helps modern workers cope with corporate insanity, Joe and Willie helped their generation deal with war's insanity.
This little collection of cartoons offers us a window into an earlier time fraught with hardships we modern Americans can't even imagine. Buy the book, look through that window. You will not only be entertained, you will be informed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ingemi VINE VOICE on October 27, 2003
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Some of the best cartoons ever made on a subject that is very hard to make lite of.
Mauldin's cartoons show army life as it is, and the soldier as it is. Men doing a job, not liking the job all that much, wanting to get it over with as soon as possible but doing the job and coping with it.
The Humor is in the realism, the acceptance of what we can't even dream of as a regular part of life. It a real mirror not only of the soldiers but of the times and the people in them. their fathers had dealt with WWI and their grand fathers had fought in the civil war. They themselves had lived through the depression and knew what life was and how it worked.
Many modern cartoonists owe a great deal to Mauldin. So does the country as a whole. Buy it and understand.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grant Waara VINE VOICE on November 8, 2003
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This is THE Bill Mauldin collection. The book follows his development from a promising young artist to a superb, gifted and nuanced observer. Yes, all the famous "Willie and Joe" cartoons are here as we see them battle from Italy to France to Germany and a brief stint in postwar Germany as well as their first few days as civilians.
The book is organized in a rough chronological/subject order. But along the way, we see why Mauldin was the one of the greatest chroniclers of the common foot soldier. This is a must for any World War II reader.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1997
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A reprint of Mauldin's best World War II cartoons,
featuring Willie and Joe, the quintessential
Infantrymen and embodiment of dogface humor in the
face of danger, hardship, MP's, officers, and the
other multifarious indignities heaped on the
long-suffering foot soldier. Willie and Joe's
particular war is over, but their sons and grandsons
slog on, for the Dogface is eternal. A treat for
the new reader, and a fine revisit for old
friends of Willie and Joe.
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