The Press: Cease Fire

Peace on earth was two weeks old, but in the never-never land of comic strips—prepared weeks in advance—the war went on. Last week syndicated artists, caught with their paints down, struggled for quick and graceful ways to get their heroes out of uniform:

¶ Tillie the Toiler was already out of the WAC; Skeezix (home on rotation) and Harold Teen (making offstage noises from his Navy station) will soon be discharged.

¶Smilin' Jack was last seen heading out to battle in the Pacific, leaving the stage to minor characters; he will be in civilian clothes when readers see him again.

¶Milt Caniff's Terry...

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