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I've Been Waiting for This
Willard Mullin
Original sports cartoon

1948 / 1951. This Willard Mullin cartoon appeared in two versions. When it originally appeared in The NY World Telegram and Sun it depicted the Naval Academy's 1948 season ending up at 0-8-1 (minus the Columbia score). When it was re-published in The Sporting News on November 28, 1951 under the caption "I've Been Waiting for This" the opponents and scores were updated to reflect the later season. Also the midshipman was leaving not the "Wolverine Inn" but the "West Point Inn." The 1951 Columbia defeat also was added to the revised cartoon. Navy trounced Army 42-7 in its final 1951 game, which makes the cartoon's image and new caption a perfect fit.

Original cartoon by Willard Mullin, NY World Telegram & Sun and later in The Sporting News. It is from this original drawing that the image was reproduced in the newspaper.

Original cartoon, ink and pencil on coquille board signed by artist.

Condition report: Light rubber cement stains around scores and word balloon. Slight water stain at bottom right.

Provenance: This original cartoon is from the personal collection of Hugo A. Autz, long-time editor of The Sporting News during the late 1950s and '60s who had access to the best sports cartoons during the Golden Age of Sports Cartooning.


 Quick Summary of this Item
Title: I've Been Waiting for This
Artist: Willard Mullin
Art Type: Original Artwork
Medium: Pen, ink, and pencil
Media: On paper
Style: Without Frame
Image Size: 16 x 14
Availability: Available
Price: $850

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