THE ARMY WEEKLY
What is "YANK"? I'll let this page
at the Brown University Library explain:
was the most widely read and most popular magazine in the
history of the army and by the end of the war, twenty-three editions
had been published. At the height of Yank's operations, there were
printing presses in Honolulu, Cairo, Tokyo, Okinawa, Rome, Trinidad,
Saipan, and other places, and the weekly achieved a worldwide circulation
of 2,600,000; it is thought to have been read by ten million. The
weekly which was staffed entirely by enlisted-soldiers printed
its last issue in December 1945, realizing for the War Department
a profit of $1,000,000.
magazine itself employed artists and writers both in its
New York headquarters and at the front...
made infrequent appearances in YANK magazine during it's
run. "By the men..For the men of the service" was
the magazine's motto, and though it was censored, the publishers
were given an incredible amount of leeway in terms of content.
Racy material in the form of pinups, jokes, and cartoons that made
fun of the unpleasant aspects of military life. It became
a valuable outlet for soldiers frustration.
this cover from the December 24th issue, we can see that
editorial freedom in full effect, with Hoverboy in the midst
of a prank
on a 3-Star general; melting the top of his helmet off! Keeled
with laughter beside Hoverboy is Arty, his constant (and slightly
dim) wartime companion. Arty's laughter threatens to give them
away, and now it looks like Hoverboy is ready to blast him as
well... just to shut Arty up.