Willard Mullin, 76, whose cartoons caricatured three generations of sports giants, died here Wednesday. A resident of Ponte Verde Beach, Fla., he had been staying with friends in Corpus Christi, since June.

His career spanned 44 years, three decades of it on the staff of the defunct New York World-Telegram. Mr. Mullin also Worked for newspapers in Los Angeles and San Antonio, Tex.

Four years after his retirement in 1967, the National Cartoonist Socieety honored him as the "Sports Cartoonist of the Century."

"There never was another who combined such news sense and wit and perception with such a comic pen," New York Times sports columnist Red Smith wrote earlier this year.

Mr. Mullin was regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post. He penned front-page cartoons for The Sporting News for years, and he created the cover for Time when the New York Mets won the pennant.

"The Brooklyn Bum" was his most famous carton but another coined the phrase "the miracle of Cooganhs Bluff" to describe the New York Giants' come-from-behind rally to edge the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1951 National League pennant.

Mr. Mullin was a master chess and bridge player, a member of the National Cartoonist Society, New York's Dutch Treat Club, the Manhassett bay Yacht Club and the Village Green Reading Society.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Ponte Verde Beach; a daughter, Shirley Rhodes, of Corpus Christi; ad three grandchildren.