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“A Fabric of Illusion”

“A Fabric of Illusion”

The Art of C. C. Beck

Chapter:
(p.25) Chapter 1 “A Fabric of Illusion”
Source:
Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia
Author(s):
Brian Cremins
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808769.003.0002

C. C. Beck was one of the most influential artists working in comics in the U. S. in the 1940s and 1950s. As the co-creator of Captain Marvel, he and his assistants worked on one of the best-selling comic book characters of the era. Later in his career, he also developed a reputation as a comics critic. In addition to his columns for The Comics Journal, he established the Critical Circle in the late 1980s, a group of friends, fellow artists, and fans with whom he shared his unpublished essays on the form. Like Will Eisner, Beck was significant as a cartoonist and as a theorist of comic art. This chapter explores how he applied those theories to his work, which is known for its narrative economy and simplicity.

Keywords:   C. C. Beck, Captain Marvel, Comic art, Comics theory, Golden Age comics

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