Review: ‘Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front’

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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4 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    Umm, i've heard of "Purple Hearts" and there's "Silver" and/or "Bronze Stars" – what's a "Purple Star"?

  2. Rick Marshall says:

    Ack. Good catch, Mike…

  3. Van Jensen says:

    Ugh, my mistake. It was a hectic day…

  4. mike weber says:

    He got a cartoon out of his own wound – bunch of dogfaces climbing an almost vertical slope and someone yells "Hit the dirt!" He said what saved him was that, sliding down a very steep slope, it was almost as if he'd been flat on the ground.And then he got a cartoon showing one of the bad military doctors (there are unfortunately a few, who are often more obsessed with their own rank than line officers – think Frank Burns) standing by Willie's bed in the ward and saying "Well, he could at least try to lie at attention, or something."