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    C.C. Beck Whiz Comics #18 Recreation Cover Captain Marvel Original Art (1978). Beck had established the tone and style of Fawcett's original Captain Marvel as early as 1939, and so he became a natural choice to illustrate the hero's 1970s revival. Though averse to the writing of the new version, Beck reserved the right to deploy the Captain in paintings where he could exercise a maverick artistic control. This gem of a revisionist composition is "almost an exact rendering" of the original cover, as Beck writes in an accompanying signed memorandum -- barring the conceit of replacing a nameless German trooper with super-villain Captain Nazi and adding scenic details in the upper space where the Whiz Comics logotype would have appeared. Though regarded by history as a cartoonist to the exclusion of realism, Beck argued that his mannered restraint, with "[no] excessive action [or] impossible anatomy," had "contributed to the realism of Captain Marvel." Ink and opaque watercolors on illustration board. The image area is 11" x 15.5". Excellent condition.

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