Black Hills State University will host a military cartoon art show in the Ruddell Gallery through Nov. 30 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus.
Throughout history, humor and satire have played an important role in promoting democracy and boosting moral during combat and peace time. The military cartoons created during these times were rendered by talented enlisted artists who understood how to make light of a serious situation. Those cartoonists expressed a humorous, but often truthful account of the varied opinions shared by the enlisted men and women.
“The cartoons in this collection may vary in style and subject matter, but they all take aim at the topical, everyday experiences from the office to the field of battle,” says Jim Knutson, professor of art. Some of the artist in this collection continued their careers after service and became household names, such as Dik Browne (Haggar the Horrible) or Bil Keane (The Family Circus). Most of the information included in this show was originally printed in Yank Magazine during World War II or with special permission from various syndicates.
This event is free and open to the public.