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Willard Mullin's Golden Age Of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 Hardcover – August 17, 2013

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“"A beautiful compilation of the finest work of a uniquely talented artist."” (Bob Costas)

About the Author

Willard Mullin (1902–1978) was an American sports cartoonist most famous for his creation of the “Brooklyn Bum,” 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 papers, as well as in The Sporting News.

Michael Powers was born in Long Beach, California and grew up on the beaches of Southern California and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He is an attorney and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of the Pacific. Over the last 30 years he has written about Baseball, Jazz, Boxing, Art History, Sports Law and Politics, among other subjects.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (August 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606996398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996393
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on August 13, 2013
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I first became acquainted with the cartoons of Willard Mullin when they often appeared on the front page of The Sporting News, the weekly baseball paper published in St. Louis. Even though I still have a few issues of this newspaper from the 1950s and several complete issues from the 1960s which include cartoons of this masterful cartoonist I appreciate having so many of these gems now included in this new book. My personal favorite is the one appearing on page 52 of Lou Gehrig crossing home plate with the title HOME which never appeared in a paper. Mullin presented it to Lou's wife Eleanor shortly after Lou passed away in June of 1941.

The book includes some preliminary articles one of which is written by Mullin's daughter and another by the late fellow cartoonist Bill Gallo who wrote his article some time ago. The book covers the years 1934 through 1972 with the book divided into chapters from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and early 1970s in one chapter. A brief history of each decade is included and appropriate cartoons involving the Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, and Mets. Mullin's logo of the Brooklyn bum came from a cab driver who once asked, "How did our bums do today?"

There is a special section of color cartoons near the end of the book in addition to the special talent it takes to tell a sports story in a cartoon. I was fortunate to become familiar with Willard Mullin and other sports cartoonists such as Leo O'Melia, Karl Hubenthal, Gene Mack, and Bill Gallo through The Sporting News, but those of you living in the New York area were blessed to have these cartoonists in your local papers. If you are a baseball fan and remember the cartoons of Willard Mullin this is book should definitely grace your bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Lowitt on September 4, 2013
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As a kid born and raised in Bensonhurst, I knew the Brooklyn Bum long before I saw the Brooklyn Dodgers play in Ebbets Field, a subway ride from home. I fell in love with all three - the tramp, the team and the ballpark - and mourned the loss of all three as a teenager when the Dodgers fled to California. Now Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball, his cartoons covering 1934-72, has brought them back to life, along with Brooklyn's natural rivals, the Giants and Yankees, and countless other players, managers, owners, mascots and many more of the Greatest Generation of characters who inhabited our national pastime.

Hal Bock's thoroughly researched text, including some obscure but telling anecdotes, puts much of Mullin's work in historical perspective. Many of Mullin's drawings, so detailed as to warrant lengthy examination, bring out the character of his subjects. But more to the point, much of Willard Mullin's work is pretty damned funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wisdomking on August 28, 2013
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What a wonderful book this is! For those who opened those pages of the New York World Telegram and Sun each day craving the latest from Willard Mullin - these were the days we fell in love with baseball, and fell in love with the cartoonists who made it so much fun. Mullin was the best, and the Telegram gave him his due. Huge space. Good that this book is oversized so the art can be fully appreciated. Recalling that Mullin did covers for the Baseball Writers Dinners, for Sporting News, for Mets yearbooks - even Time Magazine - was a treat, and the editors have done a wonderful job showing their love and appreciation for what he brought to the game. How do we get Mullin into the Hall of Fame, folks?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. Jones on August 20, 2013
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I loved Mullin's cartoons as a kid. This book brings is like a trip back in time. I will be buying more copies as Christmas gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angelsdtp on March 6, 2014
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Having had the pleasure as a college student of being invited to Willard Mullin's home in Plandome, L.I., the book is a great testament to a great man, a superb cartoon illustrator and the DEAN of Sports Cartoonist in the past and present. He should not be forgotten for his great talent, skill and humility and used as the standard for today's sports cartoonist, many who unfortunately lack the vast capabilities of Willard Mulllin.
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My contact with Mullin's work began in my youth during the 50"s. He communicated so much with his cartoons and comments that no matter what the topic when you saw his work you stopped to savor the caricatures and information. You literally wanted to buy a magazine, paper, book, whatever, that offered his work. I jumped on this book when I saw it and can say to anyone who was ever in love with this man's work and style get it now. You will not regret it. Full page after page of his cartoons. Concise comments by family and peers. Much deserved kudos from great sport cartoonists like Bill Gallo. The agreement that Willard was the best, hands down. New Yorkers, thus New York sports, received most of Willard's efforts from his best at the New York World Telegram. His work helped brand that golden age of New York baseball into the minds of all Americans of the era. Thus many of us today who never rooted for the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants or Mets have a far stronger memory of New York's great rivalries and stars than those of the teams we rooted for. New York baseball was king in the golden age of the game and Mullin did more than any other artist to communicate that fact. So those old rotting issues of the Sporting News and other papers can be put aside and you can find hundreds of Mullin's Baseball cartoons in this fabulous book. Enjoy!!
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