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Willie & Joe: The WWII Years Paperback

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This new paperback edition of the 2008 two-volume, deluxe hardcover set brings together Mauldin’s complete works from 1940 through the end of the war under one cover. This collection of over 600 cartoons, most never before reprinted, is more than the record of a great artist: it is an essential chronicle of America’s citizen-soldiers from peace through war to victory.

Bill Mauldin knew war because he was in it. He had created his characters, Willie and Joe, at age 18, before Pearl Harbor, while training with the 45th Infantry Division and cartooning part-time for the camp newspaper. His brilliant send-ups of officers were pure infantry, and the men loved it. Mauldin’s cartoons and captions recreated on paper the fully realized world of the American combat soldier.

Willie & Joe is edited by Todd DePastino, Mauldin’s official biographer. Willie & Joe contains an introduction and running commentary by DePastino, providing context for the drawings, pertinent biographical details of Mauldin’s life, and occasional background on specific cartoons (such as the ones that made Patton howl).

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    “Bill Mauldin was my first artist hero, and Willie & Joe: The WWII Years reminds me why.”
    – Steven Heller, The New York Times Book Review

    “These gritty, existential cartoons―everything Mauldin published during the war that still exists is compiled here―are the real deal and then some.”
    – Laurel Maury, NPR

    “Mauldin’s characters were bluntly honest: War was dirty, absurd, bitter hardwork.”
    – Todd Leopold, CNN

    “Mauldin’s drawings of his muddy, exhausted, whisker-stubbled infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines.”
    – Bob Greene, CNN.com

    “[An] amazing and beautiful collection.”
    – Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

    “There’s a sad wisdom on virtually every page here.”
    – Jeff Salamon, The Austin American-Statesman

    “First and foremost, Willie & Joe are funny. …[I]t’s an absorbing glimpse into the day to day life of soldiers while it was happening and the end not known. It’s easy to identify with: employees in any capacity gripe about their bosses. But the more specific Mauldin is, the more biting and fascinating his work is.”
    – Michael Giltz, The Huffington Post

    “This compilation of his cartoons helps bring Mauldin’s talent and his life at the front lines both to historians and a new generation.”
    – Samuel M. Baker, ARMY Magazine

    “Many World War II veterans would surely appreciate seeing these strips again, and anyone who studies that conflict ought to be fascinated by Mauldin’s unglamorous take on the drudgery, fear and absurdity of Army life.”
    – David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

    “Cartoonist Bill Mauldin was a genius at bringing the experiences of World War II home to the moms and dads, kids, wives or girlfriends of the GIs on the front lines in a very human way. … To my knowledge, none of our wars since has produced a chronicler anywhere near the greatness of Mauldin.”
    – Wesley G. Hughes, San Bernadino County Sun

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