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1942 WWII Wartime “Joe Dope” Closing a Breech 14×18 Poster – by Artist Will Eisner

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1942 WWII Wartime “Joe Dope” Closing a Breech 14×18 Poster – by Artist Will Eisner

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1942 WWII Wartime “Joe Dope” Closing a Breech 14×18 Poster – by Artist Will Eisner

In May of 1942, Will Eisner joined the Army and was assigned to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He was the staff artist on the post paper, The Flaming Bomb, where he eventually caught the eye of some superiors who had other plans for his talents.

During WWII, there was a need for trained mechanics, gunsmiths, equipment operators and other specialists. It was important to distribute instructional materials about military courtesy, equipment maintenance and preventative maintenance. Eisner created these materials in a comic-book-like format. Considering soldiers had a wide range of education when they entered the Armed Forces, the comic format helped them understand important instruction concepts in a basic way. Eisner created the “Pvt. Joe Dope” character as an incompetent protagonist in his cartoons. “Joe Dope” became popular and his role was expanded into the Army monthly preventative maintenance magazine.

Presented is one of Eisner’s “Joe Dope” posters from the Ordinance Department, U.S. Army in 1942. “Don’t be a dope! HANDLE EQUIPMENT RIGHT!”. This particular one features “Joe Dope” closing a breech the wrong way. It measures 14×18 and has a central compacting fold.

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Weight1 lbs
Dimensions5 × 3 × 4 in
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