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Clarence Charles Beck, (June 8, 1910-November 22, 1989), was an American cartoonist. June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... -1... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Born in Zumbrota, Minnesota, Beck studied at the Chicago Academy and the University of Minnesota after completing an art correspondence course. In 1933, he joined Fawcett Publications as a staff artist. Zumbrota is a city located in Goodhue County, Minnesota. ... UMN redirects here. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Whiz Comics #2, the first appearance of Captain Marvel, the companys most popular character. ...


While working for Fawcett, Beck created 'pulp fiction' magazines. When the company began producing comic books in autumn 1939, Beck was assigned to draw a character created by writer Bill Parker called "Captain Thunder". After one issue, Captain Thunder's name was changed to Captain Marvel. 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bill Parker was an American comic book writer. ... Captain Marvel is a comic book superhero, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. ...


Besides Captain Marvel Beck also drew other Fawcett series, including the adventures of Spy Smasher and Ibis the Invincible. Spy Smasher was a comic hero from Fawcett Comics. ... Ibis the Invincible is a comic book superhero, created by Bill Parker and Bob Kingett for Whiz Comics #2. ...


His early Captain Marvel stories set the style for the series. Beck favored a cartoony versus realistic rendering of character and setting, which also came to be reflected in the whimsical scripting (by Otto Binder and others). The Captain Marvel stories boasted a clean style which facilitated Beck's assistants and other Fawcett artists emulating Beck's style (one exception was Mac Rayboy whose work on Captain Marvel Jr. was more in the style of Alex Raymond). Otto Binder (August 26, 1911 - October 14, 1974) was an American science fiction author and comic book writer. ... Mac Raboy, was an American comic book artist. ... Captain Marvel Jr. ... Alex Raymond (October 2, 1909- September 6, 1956) was an American comic strip artist, best known for his work on Flash Gordon. ...


The popularity of Captain Marvel allowed Fawcett to produce a number of spin-off comic books and Beck to open his own New York City comics studio in 1941. He later expanded his studio, adding one in Englewood, New Jersey. In this capacity Beck oversaw most of the artwork in the Marvel Family line of comics and ensured they adhered to the style he originated. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... The Empire State Building (right) and the Chrysler Building (left) are easily recognized symbols of New York City to the world. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Map highlighting Englewoods location within Bergen County. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ...


After years of litigation due to a suit lodged by DC Comics against Fawcett for copyright infringement claiming that Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman, Fawcett in the early 1950s (partly in response to flagging sales) reached a settlement with DC in which it agreed to discontinue its comic line. The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ... Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates one of the copyright owners exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works that build upon it. ...


After Fawcett Comics folded, Beck produced infrequent work for comics, a few issues for the short lived Milson Publications in 1966 and a handful of issues of the new revival of Captain Marvel entitled Shazam!, ironically published by DC comics. He later relocated to Florida where, in his retirement, he produced a regular opinion column for The Comics Journal entitled "The Crusty Curmudgeon". One of his chief topics was his objections to what he saw as the growing realism in comics art (versus the simpler style he had employed). Some see him prefiguring the exaggerated style most associated with Image Comics. He died in Gainesville, Florida of a renal ailment. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ... The Comics Journal is an American magazine of news and criticism pertaining to comic books and strips. ... Image Comics is the third or fourth largest comic book publisher in the United States. ... Gainesville is a city located in Alachua County, Florida. ...


Awards

He was recognized for his work with formal nomination as a finalist for the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, and induction in 1997. He was also inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 1993.


External links

  • The seven deadly sins of comics creators, by C.C. Beck
  • Interviews with C.C. Beck
  • Comic Book Awards Almanac

 
 

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