Thursday, November 11, 2021

From the Dick Buchanan Files: VIP's War 1951 - 1953

 It's the 11th day of the 11th month -- so it must be Veterans Day -- or Remembrance Day in Europe. 

"Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of First World War hostilities. Hostilities formally ended 'at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month' of 1918, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning." - Wikipedia

I call on Dick Buchanan, who, in turn, calls on Virgil "VIP" Partch, to commemorate this day with some great US Army gag cartoons. Take it away, Dick!


(1951 – 1953)

Virgil Partch’s gag cartoons first appeared in 1943, in the midst of World War Two. He was an instant sensation and his irreverent and outrageous cartoons made him a national celebrity. Many of the very best cartoons he produced in those early years were his zany war cartoons. They were wildly popular with the home front audience and even more so by the men and women in uniform.
The Korean war started on the 25th of June, 1950.

It lasted until an armistice was declared on the July 27, 1953. By this time Partch was one of the cartoon gods. Collier’s cartoon editor Gurney Williams recruited him to reprise his mastery of the war cartoon and the result was a continuing gag panel titled “Vip’s War.” Although they did not rise to the level of his WWII work, there were some classics among them. 

The Cartoon Clip File is the repository of many, many Virgil Partch cartoons and, naturally, there are more than a few “Vip’s War” among them. Here a few, interspersed by a few Korean war cartoons published in magazines other than Collier’s . . .

1. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s February 17, 1951.

2. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s March 24, 1951.

3. VIRGIL PARTCH. True Magazine June, 1951.

4. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s July 21, 1951.

5. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s January 12, 1952.

6. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s January 26, 1952.

7. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s March 1, 1952.

8. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s April 4, 1952.

9. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s April 19, 1952.

10. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s April 26, 1952.

11. VIRGIL PARTCH. True Magazine July, 1952.

12. VIRGIL PARTCH. American Legion Magazine January, 1953.

13. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s January 3, 1953.

14. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s January 17, 1953.

15. VIRGIL PARTCH. American Legion Magazine March, 1953.

16. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s March 28, 1953.

17. VIRGIL PARTCH. American Legion Magazine April, 1953.

18. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s May 9, 1953.

19. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s June 13, 1953. 

20. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s August 7, 1953.

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