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MacArthur, Gen. Douglas

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific during World War II. MacArthur is remembered for many things, but perhaps most widely for his “I shall return” vow in 1942, after leaving Bataan in the Philippines. This was a promise that he would redeem in spectacular fashion two years later -- the photo of the general wading ashore on Leyte is one of the most famous of World War II.

    MacArthur is briefly seen in a picture Daffy Duck salutes during his patriotic burst in Draftee Daffy (Clampett, 1945). The famous vow is referenced in Bugs Bonnets (Jones, 1956) by Elmer Fudd, right after he surfaces under a version of the famous MacArthur crushed cap, and manages to find a copy of MacArthur’s pipe, too. Fudd wades in the water in a manner not unlike the famous photo referred to above. In From A to Z-z-z-z-z (Jones, 1954) Ralph Phillips closes out his Walter Mitty/Calvin-like escapade with a MacArthur impersonation.

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