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Willard Mullin's Golden Age Of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 Hardcover – August 17, 2013
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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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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.
Mullin wasn't just a cartoonist, though his gift for caricature and character were non-pareil. He was a storyteller. Practically an editorialist in his own right. (What a surprise that Peanuts mastermind Charles M. Schulz admired Mullin and referenced him in a strip or two.) There was just too much more to him than just his legendary creation of the Brooklyn Bum character, based squarely on the legendary circus clown Emmett Kelly. (Mullin, for those who still don't know, inadvertently invented the Bums nickname for the Dodgers when, hopping a cab to Ebbets Field, his driver asked him how "those bums" were doing lately---triggering Mullin's aesthetic sensibilities almost on the spot. And some of his other team-representative characters---the big lunk of a New York Giant; the slick riverboat gambler St. Louis Swifty for the Cardinals; the po' St. Louis Brown; the Boston Brave who swapped a tomahawk for a beer stein and a Prussian accent upon moving to Milwaukee, to name a few---were just as clever, if not quite so legendary.
Maybe there'll be a followup anthology to gather up the rest of the Mullin oeuvre. If not, don't complain. This is a gift enough.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone who loves baseball will love this book. If you lived in the NYC area in the 50's as I did this book is especially meaningful. What a treasure of memories.Published 8 months ago by Ed Possner
By the time I was watching baseball in the early 1970s, most of what Willard Mullin's legacy is all about was over. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com
I am an amature cartoonist and have always loved cartooning. Baseball was a passion when younger, and Mullin was the dean of Sports Cartoonists. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Neil Fisher
I think if you are big time/hard core baseball fan you are going to like this book. I think it gives you an idea of what baseball culture was like in the U.S. about 60 years ago. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fawna Bright
Wonderful book and all the more so if you like cartoons and appreciate the drawings.Published 21 months ago by Bruce R. Johnson
Although I probably saw Mullin's cartoons in the Philadelphia area newspapers I read in the 1960s, I don't remember them. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Clifford J. Walk
This book is awesome! The illustrations are amazing! Willard Scott was one of a kind! I can not wait for more!!!!Published on February 17, 2014 by Orlena
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... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by the Old Judge
I was able to relive my teen years as a fanatic collector of Mullin's drawings in the New York World-Telegram. He is a marvelous exemplar of the cartoon art as an art form.Published on November 19, 2013 by Marz