Bill Mauldin

I said this blog would be about outdoor sports. Well, world war two was mostly fought outdoors so it qualifies.

When I read Bill Mauldin’s “Up Front” at the tender age of nine I knew I had to become a cartoonist. After all, I was qualified: I was a smartass and I liked to draw.


Mauldin claims he had at least one ancestor fighting in every American conflict since the Revolutionary War. He’s been quoted as saying he is most proud of the fact that every one of them was an enlisted man. Not a single officer in the whole bunch!

Surely his characters Willie and Joe still resonate with today’s GIs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mauldin cartoon 1 Mauldin cartoon 2


Published by BruceCochran

Bruce Cochran graduated from Oklahoma University in 1960 with a B.A. in design. He worked as a humor writer/illustrator for Hallmark Cards from 1960 – 1962 and has freelanced as a writer, cartoonist and illustrator since then. Cochran drew daily sports cartoon for USA Today from 1983 – 1991. He has 10 humor/cartoon books published by Willow Creek Press and his work appears regularly in Wyoming Wildlife, Outdoor News, On Wisconsin Outdoors, Pheasants Forever Journal, Wildfowl, Gundog, Ducks Unlimited magazine, Delta Waterfowl and other publications. He also writes and illustrates a regular humor column for Wyoming Wildlife News. Bruce won first place in the magazine humor category of OWAA’s EIC contest in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Life Sponsor: Ducks Unlimited. Life member: NRA. Member: Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, OWAA and Outdoor Writers of Kansas.