Last night I went through a couple of his old cartoon compilations, Water On The Brain (1945) and Armed Farces (1968). Some of Vip's best subjects were military. I'm showing you some of my favorites.
The first cartoon reminds me of my basic training days and learning to use the bayonet. I planned on never getting that close to anyone who was trying to kill me, and especially with a bayonet, so I went through the drills pretty half-assed. The drill sergeant had his routine down pretty well. After one ragtag attack by our platoon on the bayonet practice dummies, he screamed out, "YOU MEN DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU WANT TO KILL SOMEBODY! YOU LOOK LIKE YOU WANT TO MAKE LOVE!"
For some reason that hit me real funny and I started to snicker, then broke out into a big laugh. His response to that wasn't to thank me for appreciating his good humor, but to put me down for 50 pushups.
He also did a call-and-respond riff by yelling, 'WHAT IS THE SPIRIT OF THE BAYONET?" and our answer back, in unison, was, "TO KILL, DRILL SERGEANT! TO KILL!" I stuck in an extra word, so what came out of my mouth was, "TO KILL THE DRILL SERGEANT!"
Despite Vip's creativity, he wasn't above swiping from himself. The top cartoon is from 1945, the bottom from 1968.
The final cartoon is pure, vintage Vip. That's one tough sarge:
Ciao for now, El Postino