Boxing Cartoons by Willard Mullin - The Master of Drawing Dynamic Poses

Check out the Sports cartoons and drawings of Willard Mullin
Thanks to some recent posts on various cartooning blogs
(see links at bottom), I have fallen in love with the work
of master sports cartoonist, Willard Mullin
The collector in me wanted to buy up every out-of-print book that contains Willard Mullin's unbelievably dynamic drawings, but I wised up and whipped out the ol' library card instead!

I managed to find a bunch of beautiful books that I borrowed from the Los Angeles public library (you can do it all online) and subsequently scanned them for sharing with everybody here on the CartoonSNAP blog!
Each of the images below links to a GIANT high-res image
of scans from "It Beats Working," a book illustrated by
the greatest sports cartoonist who ever wielded a pen,
Willard Mullin!
willard Mullin cartoon Boxer eating steak
Click on thumbnails for the BIG picture!
Willard Mulllin drawing of two boxer is biting the other one's ear
All the illustrations on this page are from the chapters about boxing, but later posts will feature Willard Mullin's drawings on Football, Baseball and Horse Racing, too!
Jumping Rope while eating hot dog and drinking beer
Click on images for the high-resolution cartoons
Two men arguing over a guy who was knocked out by a punching bag Cartoon drawing by Willard Mullin
Cartoon drawing of boxer by Willard Mullin
Click on thumbnails for the BIG pictures by Willard Mullin!
Two guys draw a knocked-out boxer from the ring Sports cartoon by Willard Mullin
Look how dynamic his drawings are,
even when it's just two guys standing around!
Boxing Sports cartoon by Willard Mullin
Click on images for the high-resolution drawings

Cartoon by Willard Mullin - Boxers facing off
Boxer is knocked out in his corner
Here are a bunch of links with piles of quality scans of various Willard Mullin classic drawings and sports cartoons!
I have dozens more images to share if you readers are interested, so if you wanna see more, make sure to leave a comment below!
...and these wonderful posts on Will Finn's blog feature scans
from the book, "Clowning Through Baseball":


chrisallison said...

WOWOWOW! I definitely vote to keep the Willard Mullins rolling in!

I LOVE Mullins super loose linework. I think it's such a talent to be loose, but still retain solidity. All my favorites do it (Kley, Davis, Eisner, etc.). That's something I really struggle with, Sherm. Is that something that just comes with time, you think?

"I understand he can sing." Haha, awesome awesome awesome. Thanks so much for taking your time and sharing, Sherm! Started my morning off right!

Vincent Waller said...

Exciting craziness over takes me every time I see his stuff!
Thanks for posting it Sherm.

Sherm said...

Hey there Chris -- your comparison to Heinrich Kley is dead on. I never thought of that before.

Hi Vincent -- glad you like the Mullin goodness!

So far there haven't been as many comments as Willard Mullin deserves, but I've got some great drawings on deck, and I'll post them if we get just ONE more comment...any takers?

Mike Nassar said...

damn, that last image is amazing, the knocked out boxer, such great line energy and equally fantastic dynamic composition.

well I'm throwing my hat in too, Sherm. So I'm taking that comment offer, so lets see some sweet horse racing and football action drawings.

thanks sherm.

Sherm said...

All right, Mike! Thanks for putting us over the top on the Willard Mullin comment drive. I will start working on that next Mullin post tonight, and I hope to have it online in a few days (or as soon as Time Warner fixes my Internet connection, whichever comes first)

Stay tuned, Mullin fans!

Anonymous said...

I was forever influenced by a sports book,the name of which escapes me, when my Aunt Catherine gave it to me for Christmas. The book was filled with Mullins' illustrations and sent me on a lifetime of amateur cartooning. Mr. Mullin has enriched my life and he deserves a masters place in his field

Anonymous said...

Check out the official Willard Mullin website: