Dec 8, 2022Liked by Jeremy Markovich

For more exploration of vintage cartoon mascot-on-mascot violence, I recommend The War Eagle Reader's work on cartoonist Phil Neel who effectively created Auburn's Aubie mascot. Much like Arthur Evans, he also repurposed some of his tiger art in service of Clemson. His football program covers for Auburn and Clemson through the '60s and early '70s regularly featured impending violence against that week's opponent by each school's respective tiger.

You might start with this collection of covers: https://www.thewareaglereader.com/2012/07/the-aubie-archives-the-art-of-phil-neel-an-introduction/

Stories about Phil Neel's work for Auburn and Clemson.




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Wow. I thought Marko's mascots ( https://www.instagram.com/p/ClWNJ_JLgB1/) could be something else. This is plain morbid. And this comes from someone who before I became an abolitionist and peace advocate, happily posted bloody sheep on my socials on rivalry weekends, especially the basketball games.

Appreciate all the sport mascot/logo history. I used to have a Mr. Wuf slinky, among so many other things from undergrad and beyond.

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So what changed in licensing rights and when did colleges start taking it so seriously as to prevent this from happening now?

Great article by the way.

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That very last image you share, of the drunken Kentucky Wildcats, is close enough to the circa 1961 UNC Chapel Hill letterhead logo I recently came across in my ephemera collection (I scanned and posted it to my Flickr page here https://flic.kr/p/2o8baMa) that I think I can assume it's the work of Art Evans (who had a good first name for an illustrator). Great article; thank you.

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