Willard Mullin

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Baseball cartoon drawn by Mullin

Willard Mullin (September 14, 1902 – December 20, 1978) was an American sports cartoonist. He is most famous for his creation of the "Brooklyn Bum",[1] the personification of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. He was widely published: he cartooned daily for Scripps-Howard's New York World-Telegram and Sun for decades and was often published in Scripps-Howard's twenty papers, as well as in the Sporting News.[1]

Publications[edit]

An oversize retrospective collection of Willard Mullin cartoons entitled "Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972" was published by Fantagraphics Books in 2013. The book also contains biographical and historical information.

Awards[edit]

He received the Reuben Award in 1954 for his work, as well as the National Cartoonist Society Sports Cartoon Award for each year from 1957 through 1962, and again in 1964 and 1965.

Trivia[edit]

Mullin was mentioned in a Peanuts cartoon by Charles Schulz. Lucy is upset about hurting her arm playing baseball and starts naming people she will sue from Abner Doubleday to Babe Ruth to finally Willard Mullin - to which Charlie Brown, obviously shocked, replies "Willard Mullin?" [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sporting Cartoons". Time. Time, Inc. 1958-08-25. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Peanuts". 1964-07-14. 

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