Frank Godwin – Sports Cartoonist


I was indexing the 1907 Washington Star when I chanced upon this sports cartoon. The signature is of none other than the great Frank Godwin! Turns out on reading his bio in Goulart’s Encyclopedia of American Comics that Godwin’s first job was at the Star starting in 1906 at the tender age of 16. Godwin father, it says there, was the editor of the Star.

Since I was unaware of Godwin’s tenure at the Star when I was indexing, this cartoon may very well not be his first, but it is the first I noticed in my perusal of that paper. I don’t pay all that much attention to sports and editorial cartoons, so I may have missed quite a few. Anyway, this one was published on May 2, 1907.

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