UP FRONT by Mauldin Bill
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We were reading the text of this book and commenting on how close to another Ernie Pyle he was, when the news came over the air that Ernie Pyle was dead. Somehow we feel that everyone will agree that Hill Mauldin had already taken up his standard -- that in UP FRONT there is an appropriate memorial to Ernie Pyle and what he signified, to the men in front lines and the folks back home. Mauldin best known through his syndicated cartoons -- and this volume brings together some 170 odd. And the men at the front know him as their own cartoonist, with Stars and Strips. The text -- and it runs to book length -- tells the story behind the pictures. He's been in the lines for over two years; the text and the pictures tell the people at home what war is like, -- particularly in Ital, more recently in France -- his cartoons, his doughboy characters, Joe and Willie, have the vitality of true earthy humor, and the philosophy of hardship, suffering, laughter and the daily round at the front. This soldier can write -- yes, as well as he can draw. His word pictures are clear, crispy, humorous, cynical, bitter sympathetic, understanding. He doesn't get down to the intimate, personal close us that Ernic did, he has a Unique ability to translate the type into a personality. his dirty doughboys aren't a pretty picture, but even the sjummish have learned to laugh with Joe and Willie, and now and again to share the hunger of heart, the loneliness, the suffering, the sacrifice. Bill Mauldin is giving us your dogfaces, krnie Byle.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1945
Publisher: Henry Holt