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Joel Beck Original Art Cartoon Cavalcade presents HIGH MOMENTS IN HUMAN RIGHTS!


Joel Beck Original Art Cartoon Cavalcade presents HIGH MOMENTS IN HUMAN RIGHTS!
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    JOEL BECK (1944-1999). "Cartoon Cavalcade presents HIGH MOMENTS IN HUMAN RIGHTS!'" (1980)

    Wonderful example of Beck's political comic book work. He did a series of satirical "Cartoon Cavalcades" pages and half-pages for various underground titles and publishers. This piece comments on gays in the military decades before the "don't ask don't tell" policy was finally eliminated in 2011. Also sympathetic observations on Ralph Nader, capital punishment, slavery and native Americans. An insightful and bitter commentary on human rights in America as of 1980. Beck was a true pioneer whose published comix work pre-dates R. Crumb's ZAP and nearly every other artist in the field.  

    Medium: Pen & Ink on Bristol board.  Dimensions: 17 3/4  x 11 1/2 inches. Signed and dated 1984 (the date he sold and personalized the art), but the actual creation was 1980 (see © date in 4th panel).

    Condition: "Cartoon Cavalcades" Photostat is missing in opening panel (we can supply a copy from another if you wish to restore). Some rubber cement stain in opening panel and ink smudges on margins. Overall fair to good condition, but not unusual for Beck art (a classic starving cartoonist, he lived in a garret for many years)..

    Provenance: From the collection of a friend of Beck's in Southern California. A one-owner original.





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