“Killroy was here”

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Bugs Bunny believes himself to be the first living creature ever to set foot on the moon in Haredevil Hare (Jones, 1948), blissfully unaware of this phrase scrawled on a nearby moon rock.

    The phrase came from graffiti used by GIs around the world during World War II. It could be found on fences and buildings all over Europe. The origin is reportedly a U.S. Army sergeant who, after checking equipment, would write on it “Kilroy was here”. Usually, it was accompanied by a little peeking, bulbous-nosed figure.

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