Phil Neel


I was exited to receive this parking pass the other day while visiting Clemson.  You may recognize the illustration as the work of Phil Neel.

Phil Neel was the long time cartoonist and art editor of the Birmingham-Post Herald, but he is probably better know as the creator of Auburn University’s Aubie, the anthropomorphic tiger that tormented opposing mascots on the cover of Auburn football programs and media guides. There is a book and a website devoted to his work.

My first exposure to Phil Neel was strip cartoons in Clemson football programs in the eighties.  A Phil Neel illustration still serves as the logo for the Tiger Band Association.  It was not until recently that I discovered his work for Auburn. Auburn and Clemson are both land grant colleges and share quite a bit of history, so it was no wonder that neel always referred to Clemson as Cousin Clem.   I was also not aware that Neel also has done work for Alabama, Grambling, The Citadel, and the WFL’s Birmingham Americans/Vulcan’s.  I am certain there is more so leave a comment if you know of more Phil Neel art floating around.


Phil Neel Art

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