The Press: Mouldin Reconverts

Like other G.I.s, famed Soldier Cartoonist Bill Mauldin has found the transition to civilian life hard. So have his once begrimed subjects, Willie and Joe. In uniform, their moods and deeds had authority because thousands shared them. In civvies, they were on their own.

The result has been sadly apparent in Mauldin's daily cartoons. Some have fallen woefully flat (Willie and Joe worrying about getting their feet wet in the rain). Others have gotten by because they were just gags (a staff officer consoling a four-star general: "There's always politics, sir —or a South American revolution. . . .").

Starting out far better...

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