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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Frank Willard (1893–19058), Moon Mullins, August 28, 1927. Published in the Chicago Tribune. Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (009.01.00) [The Library of Congress does not have permission to show image online]

Moon Mullins

After assaulting cartoonist George McManus and getting fired from King Features Syndicate, Frank Willard was invited to join the Chicago Tribune Syndicate. The cartoon strip Moon Mullins debuted June 19, 1923, in the midst of prohibition. Moon—short for Moonshine—Mullins was a lovable, working class, would-be prizefighter with ambitions of grandeur that never materialize. A testament to its popularity, men named Mullins were often given the nickname “Moon” into the 1960s. The strip ended its run June 2, 1991.