Art: A Dash of Bitters

When Cartoonist Robert Osborn left the Navy in 1946, he paid his respects to the military with a small book of cartoons entitled War Is No Damn Good! Across its pages strutted a wonderful, viciously funny parade of balloon-shaped generals and admirals, gorilla-faced noncoms and forlorn, tortured G.I.s. Last week Osborn finally paid his respects to civilian life with a book called Low & Inside (Farrar, Straus & Young; $3.75). If anything, the sequel is even deadlier and more acidly humorous than the original.

Osborn's style is faintly reminiscent of Cartoonist William Steig's...

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