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Cartoonist Bill Mauldin

By th'way, what's that big word?
Bill Mauldin (1921-2003)
"By th'way, what's that big word?," 1962
Ink, crayon, and opaque white over graphite
under-drawing on layered paper
Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
May 15, 1962
Prints & Photographs Division
Gift of the artist (82.6b)
Shown online with permission of the artist's estate

Following World War II, Bill Mauldin (1921-2003), one of America's great editorial cartoonists, tirelessly championed civil and human rights in many superbly drawn cartoons that ranged from gently humorous to sardonic and biting. After cartooning for United Feature Syndicate, the short-lived New York Star, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in 1962, Mauldin moved to the Chicago Sun-Times, from which he retired in 1992.

It's for you
Bill Mauldin (1921-2003)
"It's for you," 1948
Ink over graphite under-drawing on paper
Published in the New York Star, October 1, 1948
Prints & Photographs Division
Gift of the artist (82.6a)
Shown online with permission of the artist's estate

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