Cartoons:
              Sad Sack and Joe and Willie 


Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

The army magazine Yank portrayed one of the most beloved characters of the war in The Sad Sack, a comic strip cartoon, written by Sergeant George Baker. The Sad Sack's plight was always exaggerated but seemed to hit a spot in every GI's heart. 

Bill Mauldin, the author of the comic strip characters, Joe and Willie, did more to immortalize the American infantrymen than anyone. The GIs read about Joe and Willie in the newspaper, Stars and Stripes

Bill Mauldin created the characters, Willie and Joe, to represent the U. S. soldiers in World War II. He drew the characters, at first, for his division's newspaper, the 45th Infantry Division. Joe and Willie became so popular that Mauldin soon drew the cartoons for the overseas newspaper, Stars and Stripes.

General Patton did not approve of the characterizations because he felt they were demeaning to the soldiers. After all, he was a "Spit and Polish" general. General Eisenhower, on the other hand, whole-heartedly approved of the characterizations.


The Sad Sack: "No Glamour Here" from Steve Kluger's Yank: The Army Weekly (52)

The Sad Sack: "Change of Climate" from Steve Kluger's Yank: The Army Weekly (86)

The Sad Sack: "OBJECTIVE" from Steve Kluger's Yank: The Army Weekly (112)

The Sad Sack: "SNACK" from Steve Kluger's Yank: The Army Weekly (157)

The Sad Sack: "V-MAIL" from Steve Kluger's Yank: The Army Weekly (164)

The Sad Sack: "PLANS" from Steve Kluger's Yank: The Army Weekly (299)

Taken from the St. Paul Pioneer Press