Bill Mauldin Cartoon Exhibit Opens in Chicago

By: E&P Staff

A Bill Mauldin exhibit has opened at the Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago, and will run through the end of the year.

Mauldin, who died in 2003 at the age of 81, was best known for his World War II cartoons starring the soldiers Willie and Joe. But the Pulitzer Prize winner was also a longtime syndicated editorial cartoonist who worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Chicago Sun-Times.

The exhibit, which includes about 70 Mauldin cartoons, was mentioned in a Chicago Tribune article linked today on DailyCartoonist.com. The article quoted Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold as saying he would hire Mauldin “in a second” if the cartoonist were alive. The Tribune — which, like many other dailies, is very budget-conscious these days — hasn’t had a staff cartoonist since Jeff MacNelly died in 2000.

Responding to Dold”s comment, DailyCartoonist.com blogger Alan Gardner said: “I can think of a few near MacNellys living today. Somehow I think the Chicago Tribune’s vacant editorial cartooning spot isn’t because of the lack of talent out in the field.”

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