After commissioning into the Army Air Corps in 1942 during his senior year, Tumlinson returned home, graduated and enjoyed a storied illustration career, including a stint at Timely Comics, the precursor to Marvel Comics.
In his absence, other talented cadets like the late Jim Earl ’54 and Bob Shemwell ’82 adopted the Ol’ Sarge character, including him in their own comics and shaping him into the campus icon he is today.
In the wake of Tumlinson’s passing, Pete’s brother, Richard “Dick” Tumlinson ’51, collected his archived sketches (including those seen here) into the dedicated book, “Magarkin: The Original Ol’ Sarge.”
This year marks the 85th anniversary of the first appearance of Ol’ Sarge, who, with his thick scowl and long stride, has steadily marched his way into the hearts of Aggies everywhere.
Reach out to Richard “Dick” Tumlinson ’51 at 316-734-8885 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries about “Magarkin: The Original Ol’ Sarge.”
The sketches below detail the evolution of the Ol’ Sarge character over the decades.