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Sgt. Baker's world.

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IN June 1941, there was no such thing as World War II, from the American perspective. But that didn't stop Uncle Sam from insisting that out-of-work artist George Baker come in for army training.

Baker had landed a job in Chicago after high school, drawing "pots and pans for newspaper advertisements," he said. In 1937, he headed to Hollywood and got a job as a Walt Disney animator, working on Pinocchio, Fantasia, and other films. Four years later, he left during a labor dispute. That's when the army came calling.

As a hapless private, Baker spent evenings "drawing cartoons of army life using the Sad Sack as the bewildered civilian trying to be a soldier." At first, the cartoons were just an outlet. Then came December 7, 1941.

Soon after America joined the war, Yank, the army's magazine for common soldiers, discovered Baker. He signed on and drew "The Sad Sack" through the war's end--and he even earned sergeant's stripes.

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Title Annotation:THE FUNNIES
Publication:America in WWII
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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