I stumbled upon a great website today: Bolding Sports Research. I’ve yet to completely explore it, but I did click around enough to find the site’s collection of old Super Bowl cartoon art. A “Hall of Fame” collection of editorial cartoons that appeared in newspapers in the run-up to the Big Game each year, there is some great old stuff there.
The image to the right was drawn by Murray Olderman of the Newspaper Enterprise Association and depicts Dolphins’ LB Nick Buoniconti and Redskins QB Bill Kilmer. The Fins, of course, would go on to complete the perfect season by winning Super Bowl VII (notice the dice) 14-7.
You can click here to see a few more images from the days leading up to that Super Bowl, including an entertaining portrayal from the Tampa Tribune and Times of then-President Nixon and his rooting interest in the game.
At left is an image from the next year, prior to Super Bowl VIII between the Dolphins and Vikings, from the Ocala Star-Banner. It’s a little small, but the caption reads “VIKINGS TAKE STAB AT DETHRONING DOLPHINS IN SUPER BOWL TODAY.” I’m amused by the simplicity of the design–it really is sort of a relic of a time gone by.
Note: Big thanks to Paul Lukas of UniWatch, who supplied the original link to the site.
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