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The Aubie Archives: Mississippi State according to Phil Neel

There are eight Phil Neel covers for programs for Auburn vs. Mississippi State games—only seven are shown here; the last deserved its own post—and yet only five of those covers feature a Bulldog. In one of the few covers that emphasized Aubie’s dominance by the mortal absence of his foe, 1962 has Aubie standing on a mound of dirt that presumably, per the headstone, is a mass grave for the entire team.

My favorite might be Aubie blasting off to the MarOON—not only for the unique early years, still-experimenting header, but I kinda dig it when he eschews the obvious power animal puns’n’themes (fleabag, dog pound, goin’ to the vet).

For the non-Neel AU-MSU covers from 1938 to 1989, go here.

Covers courtesy Clyde Kingry. You can check out our growing Phil Neel archives here.

Related: The Aubie Archives—The Art of Phil Neel: Clemson connection.

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* A complete set of 1988 Phil Neel’s Auburn pinback buttons
* Cam Newton on the cover of GQ
* Pat Dye would have killed Jerry Sandusky
* Toomer’s Corner Before and After shot
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* Show Some Pigskin: An Illustrated Guide to Auburn’s Playboy All-Americans

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