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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Sports Cartooning: Master of the Sports Page, Karl Hubenthal

Karl Hubenthal

Karl HubenthalKarl HubenthalBefore the development of high speed film stock and long telephoto lenses, newspapers’ sports pages were illustrated with cartoons, not photographs. To be perfectly honest, one baseball game looks pretty much like any other in still photos, so it was the job of the sports cartoonist to get across the spirit of the game in his drawings. Ozark collected clippings by the greatest of all sports cartoonists, Willard Mullin, as well as one I had never heard of before, Karl Hubenthal. Hubenthal drew for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and although I grew up in Los Angeles, my family subscribed to the L.A. Times. I had no idea that this genius cartoonist was working in my own hometown up into the 1980s. His cartoons have phenomenal energy and sense of humor as well as solid draftsmanship.

Bob Staake has created a fantastic website devoted to “Hubie”, as Karl Hubenthal was known to his friends. There’s a fascinating biography as well as a must-read article written by Hubenthal in 1966 titled, “Reflections of an Editorial Cartoonist”. You should take the time to click through and read these. Hubenthal’s career and philosophy are a model for young cartoonists. He studied under Herriman and Mullin, and considered himself part of the continuity of the history of cartooning that stretched back to Daumier, Gillray and Hogarth. There aren’t many cartoonists today with that sort of foundation in the history of their artform.

Here. courtesy of the clip file of Jack Ozark are some great examples of the work of Karl Hubenthal…

DALIES

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Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal

SPECIAL EDITION COVERS

Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal

POLITICAL CARTOONS

Karl Hubenthal
Karl Hubenthal

There are a lot more great cartoons in the Ozark files. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Archive

Editorial CartoonsEditorial Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Editorial Cartoons.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Instruction: Willard Mullin on Animals

Willard Mullin

FA BindersFA BindersA couple of months ago, we posted a section of the Famous Artists Illustration Course… Chad’s Design For Television. Today, we are bringing you another Famous Artists article, this time from the Cartooning Course… Willard Mullin on Animals.

Willard Mullin was a type of cartoonist that doesn’t exist any more… a newspaper sports page cartoonist. In the days before high speed film and well lit night games, newspapers relied on cartoonists to illustrate the sports stories that photographers were unable to shoot. They did this by caricaturing the players and utilizing team mascots to represent who was on top and who was in the doghouse.

Mullin was not only the greatest sports cartoonist of his day, he was also one of the most talented artists ever to work in newspaper comics. His drawings are dynamic and full of energy and life. His lines flow beautifully, while still defining the solid forms that underly his drawings. When it came to drawing animals, he was unmatched. I hope you find this useful in your own work.

Willard Mullin
Willard Mullin
Willard Mullin
Willard Mullin
Willard Mullin
Willard Mullin

These pages provide just a small sample of Mullin’s work. If you can, find a copy of his book, "A Hand In Sports". It’s packed with wonderful sketches by this underappreciated cartoonist.

The Famous Artists school is still in operation. Visit their website at www.famous-artists-school.com.

As an added treat, here is an early Mullin piece celebrating the victory of the horse, Omaha in the 1935 Kentucky Derby. Archive supporter, Ted Watts found this treasure in a thrift store and generously allowed us to scan it for the archive. Amazing stuff!

Willard Mullin

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

INSTRUCTIONINSTRUCTION

This posting is part of an online series of articles dealing with Instruction.
Editorial CartoonsEditorial Cartoons

This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Editorial Cartoons.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Biography: Willard Mullin

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Birth/Death

Birth:September 14, 1902
Death: December 20, 1978

Occupation/Title

American Sport Cartoonist

Bio Summary

Willard Mullin was born in Ohio, but raised in LA. He began his life as a cartoonist, moving from place to place drawing sport illustrations for variety of newspapers. Soon he became a freelance cartoonist and started doing pieces for sport publications, books, and magazines
Mullin greatly defined the modern sports cartoon, now a dying art form, by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary — part news account, part personal observation, Willard Mullin’s cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural and artistic values.

Early Life/Family

Mullin, Willard was born near Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Los Angeles, California. He began his professional career as a cartoonist

Education/Training

Career Outline

– 1923 working for the Los Angeles Herald first doing sport illustrations
– 1934 he then moved to New York, replacing Pete Llanuza as sports cartoonist for the New York World-Telegram.
– 1951 cover of the Brooklyn Dodger Yearbook.
– 1954 -1955 New York Rangers program cover.
– 1955 College Football Program (Minnesota vs. Iowa).
– 1963 cover for the Harlem Globetrotters Yearbook.
– 1966, Mullin began doing work as a freelance cartoonist — illustrating pieces for sports publications, books, and such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, TIME, and LIFE.

Comments On Style

-His work always conveys a delightfully playful sense of spontaneity and his uncommon ability to gesturally capture the poetry of sports
– Cartooning critic Maurice Horn stated that “Mullin’s love of his craft and of his subjects shone through in all of his cartoons: under the surface roughness lurked a strong undercurrent of affection and optimism.”

Influences

Mullin is generally regarded as the ‘Dean of Sports Cartooning’, an undeniable titan who inspired many a cartoonist — including Karl Hubenthal, Gene Basset, Jim Dobbins, Lou Darvas and Len Hollreiser. Hubenthal long considered Mullin his mentor (referring to him always — and affectionately — as ‘Uncle Will’). Indeed, Mullin used to kiddingly joke that Hubenthal’s work “looked like me on a good day”.

Personality

Always holding a heroic view of sports

Anecdotes

He once told an interviewer “I’m not an artist. I’m a cartoonist.”

Miscellaneous

Filmography

Honors

He received the Reuben Award for 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.

Related Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Mullin
http://www.bobstaake.com/willardmullin/home.html

Bibliographic References

Wikipedia
Williard Mullin’s Website
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Contributors To This Listing

Quoc Nguyen
Bob Staake
Karl Hubenthal

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