Ed Vebell remembers Bill Mauldin's "anemic" first cartoons for Stars & Stripes. Ed showed Bill how to get a good, strong ink line. They had a 2-man studio right through the war.
Ed Vebell was a prolific illustrator. He stayed on after the war, and was one of the few artists who drew the Nuremberg trials as they happened. "His haunting drawing of Herman Goering was executed with a fountain pen and spit," according to the Society of Illustrators "On the Fly" feature.
His post-war credits are long, but may be best known today for his covers and illustrations for THE THREE INVESTIGATORS series of books.
My pal Leif Peng has much more here.