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NFL Newspaper Cartoon Drawings Lot of (2) Raiders vs. Jets by Lee SusmanGo Back
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Lee Susman, an award-winning cartoonist whose drawings graced the Oakland Tribune sports pages for more than 35 years. The Emeryville resident was 94 when he died. Susman’s cartoons depicting local college and pro football teams, baseball teams and basketball teams appeared in the Tribune from 1946 until his retirement in 1983. Susman was inducted into the PCL Hall of Fame in 2008. “Cartooning was just something I loved to do, and I was lucky enough to make a decent living at it,” Susman told former Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse for a 2007 article. “And it’s nice to be recognized; an ego trip.” Leland “Lee” Stanford Susman was born in San Francisco on July 27, 1917. Susman was a self-described “sports nut,” who began working for an advertising agency in 1937. In 1939, Susman won a competition to draw a comic strip for the San Francisco Call-Bulletin newspaper. After spending five years in the Navy during World War II, the Tribune hired Susman as a sports cartoonist. That year, he created “The Lil’ Acorn,” the Oaks’ mascot. The Heidi Game or Heidi Bowl is the name given to a 1968 American Football League (AFL) game between the Oakland Raiders and the visiting New York Jets. The contest, held on November 17, 1968, was notable for its exciting finish, in which Oakland scored two touchdowns in the final minute to win the game 43–32. However, a decision by the game's television broadcaster NBC to break away from its coverage on the East Coast to broadcast the television film Heidi resulted in many viewers missing the Raiders' comeback. Presented are a pair of very creative original cartoons created by Lee Susman for the Oakland Tribune. There are two parts to the black and white art series for before the game and the aftermath. It features the Oakland Raiders vs. the New York Jets. It's possible this was related to the Heidi Bowl as it matches the time period of the artwork. The part I piece features the New York jet coughing and wheezing over an island (Western Division Title). The plane is ready to crash into the mountain of the Raiders Defense. The art measures 9″ x 12.5″ on paper board with editorial notes still visible in pencil. The part II piece features the New York jet with Joe Namath as the pilot crashing into the mountain of the Raiders Defense. The Raider on the island was throwing money bags to weigh down the plane helping it crash. In the background, the Houston Oilers are sailing to the Eastern Division Claim (title). The art measures 12.5″ x 13.25" on Craftint paper board with editorial notes still visible in pencil. NFL Newspaper Cartoon Drawings Lot