Bill Mauldin (1921-2003)

Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

He was most famous for his World War II cartoons featuring Willie and Joe, two war-weary and bedraggled infantrymen.





“First published on October 13, 1944, this cartoon made the 23-year-old Bill Mauldin the youngest Pulitzer Prize winner in history. Both he and his editors at Stars and Stripes were astonished by the selection, which did not seem to them particularly noteworthy.”

Todd DePastino Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front



Bill Mauldin's editorial cartoon after President Kennedy was shot.

Bill Mauldin’s editorial cartoon after President Kennedy was shot.


Bill Mauldin - 1945

Bill Mauldin – 1945

Bill Mauldin - 1959

Bill Mauldin – 1959

Bill Maudlin - In the studio.

Bill Maudlin – In the studio.


Bill Mauldin’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery.


For more on Bill Mauldin, pick up Todd DePastino’s exceptional book,
Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front.


Highly recommended.

I’ll let Charles Schulz have the last word via a strip he did for Veteran’s Day…


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About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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