The Arts

Howard Weistling created his comic book A Western out of cigarette wrappers and flattened soup cans while he was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II. Morgan Weistling

‘Like Getting My Father Back’: WWII POW’s Art Returned To His Family

Howard Weistling wanted to be a comic strip artist. But when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Weistling felt compelled to enlist in the Army. After flight engineer training, Howard was shipped off to Europe. On his maiden flight, his plane was shot down over Austria, and the U.S. soldiers were captured. Hungry and homesick, Howard coped the only way he knew how. He drew a comic strip. The book, made of cigarette wrappers bound together with scra