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WILLARD MULLIN (1902-1978)

 

Damon and Pythias in Spades by Willard Mullin published in the New York World-Telegram

 

Date: 1951-1952

Black Ink, on textured heavy paper

Paper size: 18 ¾ x 13 ½ inches

Signed: In black ink signed Willard Mullin, With all best to Jon Corbino (lower left)

Unframed and un-matted

Condition:age-toned, mat burn, some extraneous stains (most will be covered up when matted), on verso masking tape hinge and residue ½ inch along upper edge

 

WILLARD MULLIN

 

Willard Mullins began his cartooning career in 1923 at the Los Angeles Herald, eventually becoming the sports cartoonist for the New York World-Telegram in 1934 through 1966 when the newspaper closed. He is generally regarded as the "Dean of Sports Cartooning". Mullin worked as a freelance cartoonist for sports publications, books, and magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, Time and Life. He received the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award and his work is represented many sports and cartooning museums. In 1971, Mullin was cited by the Cartoonists' Association as “The Sports Cartoonist of the Century”. 

 

WILLARD MULLIN and JON CORBINO, N.A.

  

In 1951, during the winter months in Great Neck, Long Island, Jon Corbino enjoyed spending time with his friend Willard Mullin, who lived nearby in Plandome. Mullin was the sports cartoonist for the World Telegram and Sun.

 

One evening Mullin entertained Corbino and some of his newspaper friends at Mama Leone’s, a famous Italian restaurant in New York City. Leone purchased one of Corbino's Racetrack paintings which he hung behind the long bar with other paintings in his collection.

 

When Leone hosted a picnic at his country place for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, he asked Mullin to arrange an exhibition of Corbino paintings to show the President. An armored car loaded with silverware and dishes from the restaurant arrived at the Corbino’s residence to pick up a dozen paintings to be transported to Leone's farm in Connecticut.

Later when Corbino asked what Eisenhower, who was a Sunday painter, said about his work, Leone's only comment was, "You can't quote the President."

 

© Marcia Corbino

 

The Myth --Damon and Pythias

In Greek historic writings, Damon and Pythias is a legend surrounding the Pythagorean ideal of friendship. Pythias is accused and charged of creating a plot against the tyrannical Dionysius I of Syracuse. Pythias makes a request of Dionysius that he be allowed to settle his affairs on the condition that he leaves his friend, Damon, as a hostage, so if Pythias does not return, Damon would be executed. Eventually, Pythias returns to face execution to the amazement of Dionysius, who because of the sincere trust and love of their friendship, then lets both Damon and Pythias go free.

Another version says that it was a test planned out by Dionysius and his courtiers. The Pythagoreans were known for their claimed moral strength and superiority. Courtiers of Syracuse believed that they were fakes, while others disagreed. The plan was devised to test the Pythagoreans' moral strength in a time of crisis.

 

 

 

THE CHARACTERS

 

 

JAMES J. MORAN

 

MARCH 27, 1951

 

James J. Moran, ex-Commissioner of Water Supply and close associate of former Mayor William O'Dwyer, and Louis Weber, Brooklyn policy figure, were indicted on charges of perjury yesterday by a Federal grand jury here as a result of their testimony before the Senate Crime Investigating Committee.

 

POLICE GRAFT SET AT $20,000,000 A YEAR; CAN'T DEPORT COSTELLO, M'GRATH SAYS; MORAN AND WEBER INDICTED IN PERJURY.

 

 

LOUIS WEBER

 

United States v. Weber, 197 F.2d 237 (2d Cir. 1952) if you google this phrase --information about the trial will come up

 

WEBER CONVICTION IN PERJURY UPHELD; Federal Appeals Court Rules Question of His Link to Moran Was Relevant

The perjury conviction of Louis Weber, Brooklyn policy figure, was upheld yesterday by the United States Court of Appeals. Weber was sentenced to five years and a $2,000 fine on his conviction of lying before the Senate Crime Investigating Committee by saying that he did not know James J. Moran, former city official.

Brooklyn numbers racket king mobster LOUIS WEBER arrested today by two U.S. marshall, dated 03-16-1951, in New York City.

 

WILLIAM O’DWYER

 

William O'Dwyer (July 11, 1890 – November 24, 1964) was the 100th Mayor of New York City, holding that office from 1946 to 1950.

Shortly after his re-election to the mayoralty in 1949, O'Dwyer was confronted with a police corruption scandal uncovered by the Kings County District Attorney, Miles McDonald. O'Dwyer resigned from office on August 31, 1950. Upon his resignation, he was given a ticker tape parade up Broadway's Canyon of Heroes in the borough of Manhattan. President Harry Truman appointed him U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. He returned to New York City in 1951 to answer questions concerning his association with organized crime figures and the accusations followed him for the rest of his life. He resigned as ambassador on December 6, 1952, but remained in Mexico until 1960.

 

HARRY S. TRUMAN

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was an American politician who served as the 33rd President of the United States (1945–53), assuming that office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt during the waning months of World War II.

 

 

 

 

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