Special Collections and Archives

FRANK J. MARASCO (FJM) CARTOON COLLECTION

1940-1941, 1956; ca. 1930-1935, 1937, 1939-1941, 1943-1946, 1948-1952, 1954-1962; n.d.


The collection consists of 774 original drawings by a newspaper cartoonist for the Milwaukee Sentinel. Prominent themes include politics and sports with many of the sports cartoons depicting Milwaukee Braves baseball.

Gift of Mary K. Marasco, 1981.


Biographical Note

Frank J. Marasco (1893-1980) served as a newspaper art director and cartoonist for the Milwaukee Sentinel, ca. 1930-1961, and president of the Milwaukee Press Club, 1955-1959. He illustrated the book, Betty: The Duck who Dared to be Different, 1945, and painted portraits of Marquette University athletes for its Hall of Fame.


Scope and Content

The drawings are divided into six categories.

General Humor: Comprised of 252 drawings, all undated.

Politics: Comprised of 67 drawings, arranged alphabetically with oversize items listed at the end, [ca. 1931-1958], n.d. Most notable are those pertaining to the automobile and taxes.

Portraits: Comprised of 32 drawings, arranged alphabetically with oversize items listed at the end, [1940-1956], n.d.

Sports: Comprised of 394 drawings, subdivided by sport and there under arranged alphabetically by subject with oversize items listed at the end, [ca. 1930-1961], n.d. Most notable are those pertaining to baseball (e.g. Milwaukee Braves), boxing, football (e.g. Green Bay Packers, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin), and basketball (e.g. Marquette University, University of Wisconsin).

Other Subjects: Comprised of 29 drawings, arranged alphabetically, [ca. 1932-1956], n.d.