One of America's Favorite Cartoonists Honored on USPS Stamp

March 31st, 2010

The dedication and first-day-of-issue of a new commemorative stamp honoring Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Bill Mauldin will be held March 31st, 2010 at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors Bill Mauldin, one of America's favorite editorial cartoonists. During World War II, Mauldin's cartoons, appearing in Stars and Strips, made him a hero to many military men.

His sympathy for "dogfaces," the slang term for soldiers in the infantry, was clearly expressed through his characters Willie and Joe, who gave military audiences a hearty laugh and civilians an idea of what life was like for soldiers. In 1945 Mauldin won his first of two Pulitzer Prizes for "distinguished service as a cartoonist" and the Allied high command awarded him its Legion of Merit. In 1958, he took a job as a cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and, the following year, he won a second Pulitzer Prize for his cartoon portraying Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, as a Soviet prisoner.