Art aficionados grow your collection with this incredible group of original publication artwork. Willard Mullin (d.1978) was a regular contributor to New York World-Telegram and Sun and the Sporting News. This important pop culture artist also created the famous Brooklyn Dodgers “Bum” character. Featured are (3) excellent examples of Mullin’s cartoon work, all in appealing, display-worthy condition with: 1.) 1947 14-1/4 x 19-1/4“ New York Giants football; 2.) 1948 15x17 Tony Zale; 3.) c.late-1950s 15x20 New York Yankees. More on our website.
All (3) of these original pieces of newspaper art are done on heavy stock poster paper with authentic professional notations.
The Giants piece is dated “1947” and signed by the artist at bottom center. Minor peripheral wear and thumbtack holes at the corners only serve to support the authentic nature of this humorous piece.
The Zale boxing piece was created for the HOF boxers’ 9/21/48 match vs. Marcel Cerdan. In the text Mullin predicts a victory for Zale and a blue pencil note at top left reads “One Man’s Tea Leaves”. A caption at bottom right depicts Mullin’s editor with text that reads “so now you are an expert! …in case I want to get hold of you where will you be hiding Wednesday”. Of course this caption is Mullin’s own humor, however his editor personification did get it right as Zale lost the fight to Cerdan. Also depicted in this piece is a “Jersey Joe” Walcott scene from a bout that was canceled due to a pre-fight injury to Walcott’s opponent.
The Yankees piece is also quite humorous, with the Yankee figure crowned by a pair of broken bats and pierced through the chest with a arrow and a caption that reads “Nixon’s 11th Inning Solo Homer Yesterday”, referring to Cleveland Indian’s catcher Russ Nixon who played for the tribe during the period 1957-1960, positively dating this work. Reverse side notations indicate this cartoon was run in the New York World-Telegram and Sun.