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The foxhole history of the American soldier in World War II, by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin.


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The foxhole history of the American soldier in World War II, by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin.

30 review for Bill Mauldin's Army: Bill Mauldin's Greatest World War II Cartoons

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

    A collection made by Mauldin, shortly after the war. First there's his peacetime Army ones. (Amazing how many similarities with the war ones.) Then wartime ones, arranged by theme. Finally the demobbing ones. The sentry who demands to know who's the idiot who could be a nice warm barrack; booze; a couple of interactions with British soldiers; and many more situations. A collection made by Mauldin, shortly after the war. First there's his peacetime Army ones. (Amazing how many similarities with the war ones.) Then wartime ones, arranged by theme. Finally the demobbing ones. The sentry who demands to know who's the idiot who could be a nice warm barrack; booze; a couple of interactions with British soldiers; and many more situations.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Art

    bill Mauldin is always good read on any Day w/Willie and Joe! It was good to be reminded of my army days, along w/the stories that I read and heard about the GI's in Europe. bill Mauldin is always good read on any Day w/Willie and Joe! It was good to be reminded of my army days, along w/the stories that I read and heard about the GI's in Europe.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    A great piece of on-the-ground contemporary history, as well as being funny. Any veteran will find a lot of the situations depicted familiar. It does a lot to deglamorize military life and warfare, although being a comic strip intended to lift the spirits of the troops, it focuses on the lighthearted. I picked up a copy in a local used bookstore and found a bonus tucked inside, some 2003 newspaper clippings about Bill Mauldin's death (he was a native of my state of New Mexico.) Too bad we don't se A great piece of on-the-ground contemporary history, as well as being funny. Any veteran will find a lot of the situations depicted familiar. It does a lot to deglamorize military life and warfare, although being a comic strip intended to lift the spirits of the troops, it focuses on the lighthearted. I picked up a copy in a local used bookstore and found a bonus tucked inside, some 2003 newspaper clippings about Bill Mauldin's death (he was a native of my state of New Mexico.) Too bad we don't seem to have popular cartoonists recording today's wars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Willie and Joe are the right couple of guys to revisit WWII with. On pg 320 Willie about sums it up when he says about a corporal standing nearby : "He's right Joe. When we ain't fightin' we should act like sojers. " Willie and Joe are the right couple of guys to revisit WWII with. On pg 320 Willie about sums it up when he says about a corporal standing nearby : "He's right Joe. When we ain't fightin' we should act like sojers. "

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Cartoons speak more than their words.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matti Karjalainen

    Lapsille suunnattu fantasia- ja tieteiskirjallisuus on viime aikoina vienyt suurimman osan lukuajasta, kiitos lähestyvän työprojektin. Vastapainoakin on hyvä moiselle olla, ja niinpä nappasin omasta kirjahyllystäni siellä jonkin aikaa lojuneen pilapiirroskokoelman "Bill Mauldin's Army" (Ballantine Books, 2003). Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) kuvasi Willie ja Joe -piirroksissaan amerikkalaisten jalkaväkisotilaiden tuntemuksia Euroopan sotatantereilla. Loppumattomat marssit, uupumus, kurja sää ja viholli Lapsille suunnattu fantasia- ja tieteiskirjallisuus on viime aikoina vienyt suurimman osan lukuajasta, kiitos lähestyvän työprojektin. Vastapainoakin on hyvä moiselle olla, ja niinpä nappasin omasta kirjahyllystäni siellä jonkin aikaa lojuneen pilapiirroskokoelman "Bill Mauldin's Army" (Ballantine Books, 2003). Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) kuvasi Willie ja Joe -piirroksissaan amerikkalaisten jalkaväkisotilaiden tuntemuksia Euroopan sotatantereilla. Loppumattomat marssit, uupumus, kurja sää ja vihollisen tulituksessa makaaminen osuivat rintamasotilaiden hermoon ja vastasivat sodan todellisuutta yltiöisänmaallista propagandaa paremmin. Sotavuosina Mauldinin töitä julkaistiin yli sadassa lehdessä. Vuonna 1945 hän voitti Pulizer-palkinnon. Sarjakuvat eivät kuitenkaan miellyttäneet kaikkia. Kertoman mukaan kenraali Pattonin verenpaine kohosi toistamiseen kun tämä törmäsi Mauldinin ulkomuodoltaan rähjäisiin ja sodan väsyttämiin päähenkilöihin, jotka eivät jaksaneet suhtautua upseereihin vaaditulla kunnioituksella. Muuan Yhdysvaltain armeijan kersantti ja rintamaveteraani oli sen sijaan Bill Mauldinin suuri ihailija. Charles M. Schulzin Tenavat-sarjakuvassa ilmeistyikin säännöllisesti strippejä, joissa viitattiin häneen ja hänen töihinsä. Muun muassa Ressulla oli tapana viettää kansallista veteraanipäivää kulauttamalla pari tuoppia inkivääriolutta pilapiirtäjän kotona! Mauldinin sympaattista piirrosjälkeä on edelleen ilo katsella, ja vitsien kärjet ovat kestäneet melko hyvin aikaa, vaikka eivät hillitöntä repeilyä aiheuttaisikaan.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kenya Starflight

    I'm ashamed to admit that I'd never heard of Bill Mauldin before finding this book. But I'm glad I came across his work anyhow -- while this collection may not be by any means definitive, it's a hilarious yet powerful look at World War II through the eyes of two front-line grunts, Willie and Joe. Together these two soldiers face the perils of war -- not just death at enemy hands, but rain, mud, freezing cold, hostile townsfolk, clueless and arrogant commanding officers, supply shortages, etc. -- I'm ashamed to admit that I'd never heard of Bill Mauldin before finding this book. But I'm glad I came across his work anyhow -- while this collection may not be by any means definitive, it's a hilarious yet powerful look at World War II through the eyes of two front-line grunts, Willie and Joe. Together these two soldiers face the perils of war -- not just death at enemy hands, but rain, mud, freezing cold, hostile townsfolk, clueless and arrogant commanding officers, supply shortages, etc. -- with deadpan humor and snark, managing to find something to laugh about (even if it's gallows humor) in even the direst of situations. It's frank and honest, yet leavens what could have been a morbid tone with plenty of humor, and deserves to be hailed as a classic of the cartooning world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Bill definitely understood the US Army to have such meanings to all these cartoons. Thank you Bill for your wise humor.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    Anything can be funny if you know how ot approach it, as Mauldin shows with these cartoons about WWII, actually produced at the time, about the daily life of soldiers. May laugh-out-loud moments. Several strips I don't get, probably because their topicality goes over my head. Mauldin's a remarkable talented artist, though; even the ones I didn't get are lovely to look at (insofar as exhausted, mud-encrusted grunts can be lovely). Anything can be funny if you know how ot approach it, as Mauldin shows with these cartoons about WWII, actually produced at the time, about the daily life of soldiers. May laugh-out-loud moments. Several strips I don't get, probably because their topicality goes over my head. Mauldin's a remarkable talented artist, though; even the ones I didn't get are lovely to look at (insofar as exhausted, mud-encrusted grunts can be lovely).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Fowles

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert Pack

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue Owen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaks

  16. 5 out of 5

    W.C. Fielstra

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jlarson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Scott Haney

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marc Danziger

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nate Marcel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Guy Thomas

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jgolf53

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric Schlehlein

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Kelleher

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

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