“...Willie & Joe: Back Home
… moved me... Mauldin is always funny, but those with a rosy image of WW II will be surprised by the complex world shown here... Fantagraphics has captured Mauldin's most enduring characters in two releases that do him justice.” (Michael Giltz - The Huffington Post)
“Mauldin's postwar panels in which Willie and Joe tried to readjust to civilian life... were somewhat controversial, but their chronicle of the duo's struggles and disillusionment might be enjoyed by anyone who's ever left the service to return to a life that seems both familiar and foreign.” (David Allen - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
About the Author
Born in 1921, Bill Mauldin squeezed several lifetimes into his eighty-one years. In addition to cartooning, he acted in Hollywood movies, ran for Congress, piloted airplanes, wrote several books and hundreds of articles, and won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first for his wartime cartoons. He died in 2003.
Todd DePastino is the author of Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America and Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front, and the editor of the cartoon collections Willie & Joe: The WWII Years and Willie & Joe: Back Home. He teaches history and writes and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.