It say a lot about the cultural dialog of the time, the pre-Mad Men era, days of wine and roses and a changing post WWII world. The times of our grandfathers or even further back.It was the golden age of print media and each large city had abundant choice of dailies. And people were making good money in real terms when a dollar actually had value. Willard Mullin’s art does not exist anymore, at least in the contexts in which it flourished in his era.
( see link at end) …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.Read More:http://animationresources.org/?cat=461
Its traditional art with lovely line work, exquisite craft and an understanding of the poetry of movement within the drama of the sports game. Its almost an exclusive appeal to men, but of an off kilter look at the heroic and positive that is compellingly human; an anti-pulp fiction aesthetic, an anti-Hemingway male that was closer to the reality of middle class America than the nostalgic sentimentality of Norman Rockwell…