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The Aubie Archives: Tennessee according to Phil Neel

The Aubie Archives: Tennessee according to Phil Neel

Phil Neel had fun with the Tennessee covers. At least it seems like he did, the Vols only once not being represented by a barefoot bumpkin alcoholic. Covers courtesy Clyde Kingry. You can check out our growing Phil Neel archives here. Related: LSU according to Phil Neel. … Keep Reading: * John Heisman’s goodbye letter […]

The Aubie Archives: LSU according to Phil Neel

The Aubie Archives: LSU according to Phil Neel

They lead the series by like six games or something, not that much. But I hang out in the 60s and 70s a lot and it just kind of sucks to see L’s next to LSU. You’re like, what gives? Why is our record so poor against these horrible people during a stretch of years […]

Auburn to open 2015 season against Louisville like it did in 1974 and almost in 1972

Auburn to open 2015 season against Louisville like it did in 1974 and almost in 1972

Auburn is opening its 2015 season against Louisville in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. The last (and only other) time Auburn lined up against the Cardinals for the first game of the season was in 1974 and resulted in a classic (they were all classic) Phil Neel program cover. But had Lee Corso gotten his […]

Commemorative Phil Neel poster included in Auburn vs. La-Monroe game program

Commemorative Phil Neel poster included in Auburn vs. La-Monroe game program

The artwork of Phil Neel returns to Auburn Football Illustrated in a fold out commemorative poster included in this season’s first issue of Auburn’s gameday program (you can see the program’s cover here). Neel passed away in July at the age of 84. He is mostly known as the father of Aubie, the cartoon tiger […]

The Aubie Archives: Mississippi State according to Phil Neel

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 […]

Phil Neel captures victorious visage of Saint Shug for 1975 Mississippi State program

Phil Neel captures victorious visage of Saint Shug for 1975 Mississippi State program

The cover for the 1975 Mississippi State program was of the very few Neels that didn’t feature Aubie. I don’t think people missed him. For in his place was Saint Shug, smiling, celebrating his 25th coaching anniversary up in cartoon heaven, the “only active coach to be appointed to board of trustees of a university,” […]

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

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

In a 1977 story mourning the end of Aubie’s appearance on the cover of Auburn Football Illustrated, Plainsman sports editor Brad Davis wrote that from 1959 to 1976 “Auburn’s game programs were unique—unlike any other in the country.” You can’t blame him. I mean, that’s what we all thought—what we all wanted to believe. But… […]

Hold (Off On Naming) That Tiger: Aubie wasn’t ‘Aubie’ until the 1969 Clemson game

Hold (Off On Naming) That Tiger: Aubie wasn’t ‘Aubie’ until the 1969 Clemson game

You know those parents that wait for, like, 10 days or something after the birth to name their kid? Phil Neel waited 10 years. “With all my drawings up to half way through those 18 or so years, I would always have ‘Tigers’ on him or something like that, but never the name Aubie,” Neel, […]

The Aubie Archives—The Art of Phil Neel: 1961 Auburn Football Programs

The Aubie Archives—The Art of Phil Neel: 1961 Auburn Football Programs

I don’t know if it’s because I love Phil Neel’s stuff, or if it’s why I love Phil Neel’s stuff, but the cover of the program for the 1961 Auburn-Wake Forest game—one of my favorites—just looks and feels like what the cover of the 1961 Auburn-Wake Forest game* should look like. I think it’s why. […]

A complete set of 1988 Phil Neel’s Auburn pinback buttons (and a few from ’87)

A complete set of 1988 Phil Neel’s Auburn pinback buttons (and a few from ’87)

I was never much for Burger King growing up (I mean, Kid Vid was cool) and for that I have paid dearly—via PayPal. Because the Phil Neel-illustrated buttons that were available at Burger Kings around Auburn and across the state in 1987 and 1988 were, at least at one time, fetching a pretty penny on […]

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