Willard Mullin Full Color "Bum" Painting with Important Mullin Letter
Willard Mullin's "Brooklyn Bum" cartoon character had such an impact that it became the Dodger mascot and unofficial nickname. Mullin's work appeared in the New York World-Telegram from 1934 until the paper closed in 1966. In 1971 he was cited by the cartoonists' association as sports cartoonist of the century. Yet, as Mullin explained in a 1974 letter to a man named Charlie Roberts who requested an original Mullin drawing, he did not possess a single one of over 12,000 drawings he'd done. "Maybe I can do something about an original," he concluded, "but don't hold your breath." Mullin delivered on the vow -- with a wonderful "Bum" drawing personally inscribed to Roberts. The classic image, framed under glass, pokes fun at Mullin not keeping his artwork, and is -- like the revealing letter -- obviously a one of a kind item of the legendary cartoonist who died in 1978. Letter and drawing both NRMT.
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