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Joel Beck Original Art Fisherman with King Neptune and mermaid


Joel Beck Original Art Fisherman with King Neptune and mermaid
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    JOEL BECK (1944-1999). "Untitled strip [Fisherman with King Neptune and mermaid]'" (circa 1980)

    Unusual daily strip format---the first we've seen for Beck. Likely not published in the underground comix he was best known for. 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: 20  x 4 1/2 inches (but 1 1/2" on left margin is folded over, not affecting image area). Signed and dated 1984 on reverse (the date he sold and personalized the art), but the actual creation was likely about1980.

    Condition: Folded on left as noted above, outside image area. Small 1 1/2 inch tear in lower part of 2nd panel and 3/4 inch tear in lower part of final panel. Some discoloration in final panel. Trimmed tight to art edge on far right. Overall fair 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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