Photos: Luckovich visits troops in Afghanistan

AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich joined a USO Tour last week to visit our troops in the Persian Gulf with other renowned cartoonists, including Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues and Jeff  Keane of Family Circus. Check out their work and Mike’s in the links below:

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Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman and I posed with soldiers from the Nathan Smith Forward Operating Base, about a half hour by helicopter from Kandahar. Trudeau wanted to hold a weapon, but the USO would only let him have a fly swatter. (Photos courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

Garry Trudeau, Rick Kirkman and I posed with soldiers from the Nathan Smith Forward Operating Base, about a half hour by helicopter from Kandahar. Trudeau wanted to hold a weapon, but the USO would only let him have a fly swatter. (Photos courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

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This was the bomb shelter we were told to use in case we were attacked. We ended up using it as a drawing board. On the far right is my sketch of the Obama Hope poster, only I wrote, “Hope you come home soon.” (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

On the flight above, the female soldier (third from right) was a huge comics fan so we all did sketches for her. Wherever we went, the troops were so thankful that we were there. And we were humbled to be there for them. (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

On the flight above, the female soldier (third from right) was a huge comics fan so we all did sketches for her. Wherever we went, the troops were so thankful that we were there. And we were humbled to be there for them. (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

Our first stop was a military hospital near Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Most of the wounded we saw were victims of roadside bombs. Tom Richmond, a Mad magazine cartoonist (front row, left), and I (second from right) sketched the soldiers and then the other four comic strip cartoonists did separate drawings of their characters. It was just a small thing, but sketching them was a way to say thank you. Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich

Our first stop was a military hospital near Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Most of the wounded we saw were victims of roadside bombs. Tom Richmond, a Mad magazine cartoonist (front row, left), and I (second from right) sketched the soldiers and then the other four comic strip cartoonists did separate drawings of their characters. It was just a small thing, but sketching them was a way to say thank you. (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

Inside the country, we traveled everywhere by Black Hawk helicopter. That’s me with Rick Kirkman and Garry Trudeau (left to right). (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

Inside the country, we traveled everywhere by Black Hawk helicopter. That’s me with Rick Kirkman and Garry Trudeau (left to right). (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

At each of the places we visited, the troops lined up to have us draw their caricatures, doing their favorite sport or hobby, or sometimes just holding their weapon. (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

At each of the places we visited, the troops lined up to have us draw their caricatures, doing their favorite sport or hobby, or sometimes just holding their weapon. (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

I took the photo of Garry Trudeau back at the barracks, doing his Sunday comic strip. This is Garry’s 40th year of Doonesbury. It was remarkable to me that here he was in Afghanistan and he was concerned about doing a strip that was topical and fresh. He listened to music on his iPhone while drawing. (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

I took the photo of Garry Trudeau back at the barracks, doing his Sunday comic strip. This is Garry’s 40th year of Doonesbury. It was remarkable to me that here he was in Afghanistan and he was concerned about doing a strip that was topical and fresh. He listened to music on his iPhone while drawing. (Photo courtesy of Mike Luckovich)

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November 16th, 2010
6:41 pm

Thanks Mike, I’m sure you represented well. I love your toons.

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DrewHill29

November 16th, 2010
8:19 pm

Well Done Luckovich. Much respect to someone who is willing to visit our troops while they are in harms way.

Mary Elizabeth

November 16th, 2010
8:22 pm

In memory of my father, a WWII master sergeant in the Army-Air Force, I would like to say “Thank you” to Mike Luckovich for visiting our troops in Afghanistan.

David

November 16th, 2010
8:30 pm

Wow, that’s an impressive line-up – thank you for visiting our troops! This is just awesome! Thank you!

A

November 16th, 2010
9:28 pm

Thanks for doing this, Mike. It doesn’t matter what your views are of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan; what we should all be united behind is support for our troops and as Mike wrote on the bomb shelter wall, bringing them home soon.

Roy Manry

November 16th, 2010
9:45 pm

Thanks for the great photos Mike, and thanks for visiting our troops!

Emory D. Christian

November 16th, 2010
11:42 pm

Afghanistan is located in Asia. No doubt your visit was a great moral booster for these brave women and men. Thank you

Sharon

November 17th, 2010
2:45 am

Mike, thank you very much for visiting our troops in Afghanistan. When the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade left in 2005 for Iraq, the AJC sent a journalist and a photographer along to keep us abreast of what was happening with our guys. When the 48th Brigade left for Afghanistan in 2009, I called the AJC to find out when we could expect to see articles in the paper. I was told there would be no articles as no one cared about the war anymore! I agree with what “A” said above that we should be united in supporting our troops! Thanks again Mike!

Michael

November 17th, 2010
8:26 am

Mike, thanks to you and your compatriots for having the courage to show first-hand your support for our trrops!

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12:25 pm

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Amy Padgett

November 17th, 2010
12:56 pm

That was nice of you to go over there and do that. You pictures were interesting.

How long have you been doing cartoons? Did you learn how to do cartoons on your own or did someone teach you?

My son likes to draw cartoons and has taken classes. Just curious.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 17th, 2010
1:50 pm

WOW, I’m shocked Code Pink gave you permission to go over there Mike.