- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics (August 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606993518
- ISBN-13: 978-1606993514
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Willie & Joe: Back Home Hardcover – August 3, 2011
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“...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.
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the people that I served with. It has such a timeless quality. We spent nights washing fatigues because an
officer was offended that we got dirty crawling through mud day after day after day. I still share Mauldin's opinion of officers.
The introduction to the drawings is priceless history. The US Army described without propaganda.
Don't misunderstand. The enlisted men of the US Army were never treated with more respect. Ernie Pyle was a fan and
so am I. We share our high regard of Bill Mauldin's work with literally thousands of rank and file grunts.
I am amused that Willie was supposed to be Bill Mauldin but Mauldin drove around with the press. He had his own
jeep and permission to go anywhere. Still he ran into George S. Patton. Sparks flew until Eisenhower personally
told Patton to back off.
I have not idea if any of this applies to the people who served recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each generation has its own
story to tell. Maybe someday we will find out if they had their own version of Mauldin.
This book contains all his World War II cartoons published in both military and civilian press although many drawings can be found in books like UP FRONT. It's a large book, making the cartoons large and easy to see. Quality is reproductions are mixed, for many original Mauldin drawings are lost and the book prints copies of newspaper prints and some from books. The paper of the book is sturdy but is not the best for artistic reproductions. Despite all this, this definitive work, with a short but good introduction, is a great buy. Having all the drawings in a single book is a great deal.
Volume 1 is full of cartoons depicting all the highs and lows of Army training in the first year of the war. Volume 2 follows Bill to Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany through the characters of Willie and Joe. The cartoons are well-reproduced, usually one per page. The large size means that the cartoons are fairly large as well, letting the reader truly appreciate every stroke of the pen. A bonus I did not expect was a collection of a few higher-resolution reproductions at the conclusion of each volume, with accompanying information on each of the images.
If you are a fan of Bill Mauldin's work, or the American fighting man of WWII, this is a great showcase piece.
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I'v always been a Bill Mauldin fan.