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POW, WHAM, ZAP: BASEBALL COMIC STRIPS:PART TWO
Over the years there have been several Comic strips, Comic books, Graphic Novel's and animated features that have dealt with Baseball. Some of them are worth talking about and all of them can be found on the Internet. This is the second part of a two part series:
In 1992 Revolution Comics put out a series of Comic books called Baseball Legends and that's exactly what they dealt with. There were a total of 19 of them. The books consisted of a series of illustrated biographies of some of the immortals of the game. Initially they sold well enough. The art work was superior to most of the comic books in the market at that point and the bios were accurate and not overly sensationalized. After a few years though the market for them faded away and so did the books. These days though they have made a comeback and are highly prized as collectibles.
Some of the titles were:
BABE RUTH TY COBB TED WILLIAMS MICKEY MANTLE JOE DIMAGGIO JACKIE ROBINSON SANDY KOUFAX WILLIE MAYS HONUS WAGNER DARYL STRAWBERRY YOGI BERRA BILLY MARTIN HANK AARON CARL YASTRZEMSKI JOHNNY BENCH SHOELESS JOE JACKSON LOU GEHRIG CASEY STENGEL.
readers of the Daily News a highlight was going to the back pages of the
newspaper to find Baseball Bertha and Yuchie (the
one panel sports strip by Bill Gallo. For many years the two characters
chronicled the adventures (many frustrating, some worthwhile) of
By the time he passed away in 2011 at the age of 88 he had become
What can one say in referring to the remarkable Willard Mullin except that he was the very best around during his period. Nobody since has equaled his skill and popularity and probably no one will come close to it in the future. His art was a wild combination of meticulous detail and highly exaggerated shapes and forms. His figures existed with bodies that were wild with abandon and joyous zest. He worked for The World Telegram and Sun and practically every other sports media at that time.
He is responsible for giving us the Dodgers "Brooklyn Bum." he died in the 1970s at the age of 76,
The art of sports cartooning is dying out. Most media people consider it to be an antique form from a bygone era and the great sports cartoonists who enriched the game of baseball are disappearing. Here is a list of some of them:
DREW LITTON BURRIS JENKINS DAN O'MEALLA T. McCRACKIN J. C. DUFFY CHARLES McGILL BRUCE STAAKE KARL HEENTHALL JOHN PIEROTTI THOMAS PAPPOCKI DICK DUGAN LOU DARVAS
THEY WILL BE MISSED