Stamp To Honor New Mexico Cartoonist

New Mexico – The U.S. Postal Service plans to honor Pulitzer Prize cartoonist Bill Mauldin with the issue of a commemorative stamp.

A dedication and first-day-of-issue celebration is planned Wednesday at the auditorium of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.

Mauldin became known during World War II for his Willie and Joe characters in cartoons that took a humorous look at military life through the eyes of infantrymen.

In 1945, Mauldin won his first of two Pulitzer Prizes for distinguished service as a cartoonist.

He won a second Pulitzer Prize in 1959 for a cartoon portraying Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago, as a Soviet prisoner.

Mauldin, a New Mexico native, died in California in 2003 at the age of 81.

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