From the Comics Reporter comes news that Jim Babcock who was an illustrator and sports cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee and Modesto Bee has died at the age of 87.
In addition to illustrating articles, he made a Sunday historical cartoon called California Nuggets and created the popular Friday sports feature Sportoons, for which he drew separate entries for the Sacramento and Modesto newspapers. It is for that feature that Babcock is best remembered. He retired in 1983.
He is survived by one son and two grandchildren.