Review: ‘Willie & Joe: The War Years’ by Bill Mauldin

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. R. Maheras says:

    This is a sweet set. I got mine a few days ago, and I think Fantagraphics did a great job on it!

    • Van Jensen says:

      I talked to some folks in the Fantagraphics office, and they're largely of the opinion that it's their best collection yet, which is really saying something.

      • Mike Gold says:

        Well, I certainly agree with them. And it's a long, long overdue collection as well.Bill Mauldin was one of the very, very best.

  2. mike weber says:

    Talking about the conditions Mauldin worked under – one of the cartoons reprinted in "Up Front", Mauldin's first book (a cartoon that was originally published in a field-expedient "wildcat" edition of "Star & Stripes") has a blemish on it; according to Mauldin's notes, that's a nailhole in the zinc sheet used to make the printing plate — which was a piece of a coffin lining…