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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia$
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Brian Cremins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808769

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808769.001.0001

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“A Fabric of Illusion”

“A Fabric of Illusion”

The Art of C. C. Beck

(p.25) Chapter 1 “A Fabric of Illusion”
Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

Brian Cremins

University Press of Mississippi

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established the Critical Circle in the late 1980s, a group of friends, fellow artists, and fans with whom he shared his unpublished essays on the form.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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