We've made a selection of several Willie and Joe cartoons, with many thanks to Jerry Baker for
finding them, as they were originally published by Stars and Stripes, in book form, in 1982.
You may need to be patient while they load.
That last one was Mauldin's Pulitzer Prize winner. For an insight into Mauldin's place in history,
here's part of the FORWARD from the 1982 Stars and Stripes book that included these and a number of
other cartoons by Mauldin, and several others:
"Mauldin's cartoons of Willie and Joe, the two mud-covered, dry-humored infantrymen who typified the
front-line soldier to all our combat troops, won for him a 1945 Pulitzer Prize and the reputation as
WWII's outstanding cartoonist.
In 1940, when he was 18, Mauldin joined the Arizona National Guard, and went on active duty with it
as a rifleman in the 45th Infantry Division. He accompanied the 45th through the Army camps in the
United States, and in 1943, as a sergeant, went overseas with the division to Sicily, where he later
switched from the unit's paper, the 45th Division News, to the Stars and Stripes, with an assignment
to cover the war in cartoons.
His cartoons, expressions of muted rebellion against the Army system, featured a young enlisted man,
a clean shaven, nameless recruit who evolved into the dirty, dull-eyed, bearded Joe of the combat-weary
team of Willie and Joe. The team slogged from Italy to Germany.
The cartoon that won Mauldin the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 was typical. Captioned "Fresh-spirited
American troops, flushed with victory . . .," it depicted wretched, drenched infantrymen slogging
through a downpour.
While most of the Army brass favored the cartoons as outlets for the average GI's pent-up rancor,
a few objected to the bedraggled and grimy, although realistic, public image Willie and Joe were
projecting of American fighting men. Mauldin was occasionally lectured, but never suppressed.
Well known by now is the story of Gen. George Patton threatening to have The Stars and Stripes
banned from the Third Army as long as Mauldin's unkempt heroes appeared in it. Patton and Mauldin
were told by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's headquarters to discuss the matter. Said Mauldin after
the conference: "I came out with all my hide on."
Plenty of other Generals, including Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, recognized the
Among the some 1,500 cartoons Mauldin has drawn during his career, he acknowledges only one
favorite. It annoys him that none of his fans has been moved to rave over it. This drawing --
a captionless one -- shows an old cavalry sergeant pointing his revolver, in grief, at the
radiator of his jeep, which has a broken wheel. 'I think that's really funny,' says Mauldin."
To go back to the First Page on Willie and Joe,
Here's another collection of Willie & Joe cartoons . . .