Sunday, May 4, 2008
Print isn't the suitable medium for conveying the sarcasm usually associated with the combination of me and sports, so let's just say outside of occasionally playing tennis (piss-poorly) and throwing the football around with my kids, the subject holds no allure for me. That doesn't stop me from enjoying the art of newspaper cartoonist Willard Mullin, who pretty much exclusively drew sports cartoons and specifically did a lot of baseball art work, both in and out of newspapers.
These are from a book called CLOWNING THROUGH BASEBALL by Al Schaact, published in 1941. Willard Mullin was already a well established cartoonist by then and I have always imagined that he was a big influence on everyone from Will Eisner to Jack Davis and even animators like Rod Scribner. The Famous Artists' Cartooning Course has a segment on him and I believe it shows him drawing at a liberally large scale, although these illustrations are printed at a very tiny size. I scanned them at 500 dpi so click on them to see them bigger, I will post more soon.