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Soldier-Artist Remembered

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Soldier-Artist Remembered

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Vets and peers admired Bill Mauldin

In 1999, two septuagenarian legends spoke at the National Cartoonists Society meeting in San Antonio -- editorial cartoonist Bill Mauldin and "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz.

Mauldin, who died Wednesday at 81, would outlive Schulz by nearly three years. But on that spring day in Texas, Schulz was healthy and Mauldin was visibly struggling with the Alzheimer's disease that would eventually kill him. He spoke haltingly, often losing his train of thought and lapsing into long silences.

Then Schulz approached the podium to help. He tried to complete some of Mauldin's sentences, and spoke glowingly about the work of the two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Schulz embodied two groups -- cartoonists and World War II veterans -- who greatly admired Mauldin.

The vets (of which Schulz was one) loved Mauldin for his weary "Everyman" soldiers Willie and Joe. And cartoonists admired Mauldin for his art, humor, and pointed commentary. …

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