Cartoons: Bill Mauldin on DDT


Bill Mauldin rose to fame drawing cartoons from the fronts during World War II, first as a soldier, and then as the cartoonist for Stars and Stripes.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 1945.  After the war he continued to be a major force in American culture, eventually cartooning for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and quickly winning a second Pulitzer, and then with the Chicago Sun-Times, with drawings syndicated to other newspapers around the world.

In 1962 Mauldin turned his pen to DDT and the controversy created in part by Rachel Carson’s best-selling book Silent Spring.

CREDIT: Mauldin, Bill, artist. Another such victory and I am undone Copyright 1962, Field Enterprises, Inc. Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

CREDIT: Mauldin, Bill, artist. “Another such victory and I am undone” Copyright 1962, Field Enterprises, Inc. Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

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3 Responses to Cartoons: Bill Mauldin on DDT

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Except it’s countering the Stalinist view, which is that we can use chemical poisons to kill off whatever bothers us. We have learned, painfully, that is not so.

    Mauldin was right. DDT is deadly, and now, relatively ineffective to save Africans or Asians suffering under malaria conditions. It’s sickening to consider the cost in human life from those who have blocked the door of progress and refused to listen to Mauldin. Does that include you, Tehdude?

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  2. tehdude says:

    Like one of those Stalinist posters about agriculture, sickening when you consider the cost in human life (that is, if you consider black Africans do be human, which is debatable in such a framework).

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