Mike Mundt – RIP

Broadcaster and cartoonist Mike Mundt has passed away.

Michael Elmer (Mike) Mundt
September 6, 1953 – May 7, 2021


From the obituary:

He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1976 with scholastic emphasis in Architecture, Electronics, Engineering, and Broadcast Communications. His early broadcast career was as a Broadcast Engineer for KUID-TV and as an instructor of Broadcast Communications for U of I.

In 1986 he moved his family from Idaho to Maine taking a position with WENH-TV in Durham, N.H. The very next year he was hired by New Century Productions of Allentown, Pa., where he began his stellar career in running, designing, and building some of the most innovative remote broadcast television trucks in the industry for their time.

But his death is noted here for a different reason.

More from the obit:

He was an avid artist who had a long running comic strip for the University’s student paper, The Argonaut. The comic “Macklin” ran from 1973 through 1985.

The comic strip seems to have begun as a reflection of college life. But Mike grew up in a rebellious time and not everyone in Idaho was enamored of “Macklin.”

But spending 12 years contributing to The Argonaut means Mike ran through a number of editors, and Macklin soon returned to a more frequent timetable. Though he continued to stir the pot.


In the early years, while still attending university courses. he was a staff artist and illustrator for The Argonaut in addition to being cartoonist.


In 1985, in preparation of leaving Idaho, Mike ended the Macklin comic strip.


The Argonaut has a digital archive for those wanting more Mundt.