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C. C. Beck

Charles Clarence Beck was an American cartoonist and comic book artist, best known for his work on Captain Marvel at Fawcett Comics and DC Comics. He was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1997. C. C. Beck was born on June 1910, in Zumbrota, Minnesota. Beck's father was a Lutheran minister. Beck's mother was a schoolteacher, he studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Minnesota, took an art correspondence course. In 1933, Beck joined Fawcett Publications as a staff artist; when the company began producing comic books in autumn 1939, Beck was assigned to draw a character created by writer Bill Parker called "Captain Thunder". Before the first issue of Whiz Comics came out, the character's name was changed to Captain Marvel. Besides Captain Marvel, Beck drew other Fawcett series, including the adventures of Spy Smasher and Ibis the Invincible, his early Captain Marvel stories set the style for the series.

Beck favored a cartoony versus realistic rendering of character and setting, which came to be reflected in the whimsical scripting. The Captain Marvel stories boasted a clean style which facilitated Beck's assistants and other Fawcett artists emulating Beck's style. While Beck oversaw the visual aspects of the various comics featuring Captain Marvel, he emphatically stated in an interview with Tom Heintjes published in Hogan's Alley #3 that he and his fellow artists had no input or influence on the scripts they illustrated, noting "In the 13 years I spent drawing Captain Marvel, I wrote only one story, about Billy's trip to a Mayan temple, which had to be submitted in typed form and edited and approved before I was allowed to illustrate it." At most he allowed the art and editorial departments "did develop an interplay of ideas... that kept Captain Marvel changing and developing."The popularity of Captain Marvel allowed Fawcett to produce a number of spin-off comic books and Beck to open his own New York City comics studio in 1941.

He expanded his studio, adding one in Englewood, New Jersey. Beck's studio supplied most of the artwork in the Marvel Family line of books. In this he acted as Chief Artist, a role Fawcett formally recognized on the contents page of Captain Marvel Adventures; this facilitated Beck's efforts to bring a coherent look to the stories with Captain Marvel and related characters, ensuring they adhered to the style he originated. The studio did commercial art, most prominently a series of advertisements in comic strip form starring Captain Tootsie promoting Tootsie Roll. Done in the style of the Marvel Family books and whimsical, the ads appeared in comic books published by both Fawcett and its rivals, in Sunday comic strip sections of newspapers. After years of litigation due to a suit lodged by National Comics Publications against Fawcett for copyright infringement claiming that Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman, Fawcett in the early 1950s reached a settlement with DC in which it agreed to discontinue its comic line.

After Fawcett Comics folded, Beck left the comic book industry but continued doing commercial illustrations. With Otto Binder, Beck prepared six sample strips for a proposed newspaper comic strip starring the character Tawky Tawny but it was rejected by the syndicates that saw it. By 1953, Beck had relocated to Florida and owned the Ukulele Bar & Grill in Miami, where he tended bar; that year he contacted Joe Simon and expressed a desire to re-enter the comic book industry and sought Simon's aid in creating a suitable character. The result was The Silver Spider, with Beck doing rough art from a script by Jack Oleck. Several years in 1959, Simon and Jack Kirby re-worked the Silver Spider concept for publication by Archie Comics as The Fly. Beck had a short story titled "Vanishing Point" published in the July 1959 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, his first return to comics was in the mid-1960s for the short-lived Milson Publications who published three issues of his creation Fatman the Human Flying Saucer.

This character was the inverse of Captain Marvel in appearance and coloration, but with different powers. In 1973 he was the initial artist for DC Comics' revival of Captain Marvel, titled Shazam! due to trademark issues. Beck left after the tenth issue due to "creative differences" regarding plotlines. Subsequently, at the invitation of E. Nelson Bridwell, Beck submitted a script for a new story "Captain Marvel Battles Evil Incarnate." After Bridwell returned it with extensive editorial changes Beck attempted to draw the rewritten version but became so dissatisfied with it that he tore up the artwork he had drawn thus far and returned the Bridwell draft to DC. In his retirement, Beck produced a regular opinion column for The Comics Journal entitled "The Crusty Curmudgeon". One of his chief topics was his objections to. In the early 1970s, he tutored special effects artist John R. Ellis. Beck was guest of honor at the 1973 Comic Art Convention and the 1977 San Diego Comic Book Convention, memorably at the latter he in the evenin

Nathan Matthews Jr.

Nathan Matthews Jr. was an American politician from Massachusetts who served as Mayor of Boston from 1891–1894. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 28, 1854, Nathan Matthews Jr. was a lawyer-turned-politician who served as the mayor of Boston from 1891–1894. He was a member of the Democratic Party. On December 15, 1891 Mathews was reelected Mayor over Horace G. Allen by 15,182 votes. Matthews died at Massachusetts General Hospital on December 1927 from a pulmonary embolism, he is interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Massachusetts. Timeline of Boston, 1890s Mayors of Boston: An Illustrated Epitome of who the Mayors Have Been and What they Have Done, Boston, MA: State Street Trust Company, Page 39-41; the New York Times, WEDDING IN NEWPORT.. B. SARGENT AND NATHAN MATTHEWS, OF BOSTON. Page 1. Marquis, Albert Nelson.: Who's Who in New England: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Men and Women of the State of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, page 731. Political Graveyard information on Nathan Matthews Jr

Vitalii Markiv

Vitalii Mykhailovych Markiv is a former Ukrainian soldier of the General Serhiy Kulchytsky Battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine. He was convicted by an Italian court to 24 years of imprisonment for directing a mortar fire that killed Russian dissident and journalist Andrei Mironov and Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli near the city of Sloviansk. Vitalii Markiv was born on August 16, 1989 in the city of Khorostkiv of Ternopil region in West Ukraine. At the age of 16 he gained Italian citizenship, he returned to Ukraine at the end of 2013 to take part in the demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine called Euromaidan. In 2014 Markiv took part in the Battles for Sloviansk, he is a deputy platoon commander in the General Serhiy Kulchytsky Battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine. Markiv is а suspect in the killing Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli near the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, in May 2014 and was arrested in Italy, June 30, 2017, he is in prison in Pavia. According to the Ukrainian investigation, the journalists were killed in a shelling conducted by the "Russian-backed terrorist forces".

On July 12, a court in the Italian city of Pavia sentenced Markiv to 24 years in prison for involvement in the death of Italian photo reporter Andrea Rocchelli in the Donbass region in May 2014. Journalist Paul Gogo, who worked in Slavyansk during the time of shelling, described the decision of the court as "mind-blowing" and such as based on false testimonies. According to Paul Gogo the Italian court proceeding was politicized and investigation wasn't done properly; the Advisor to the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, People's Deputy from the People's Front faction, Anton Gerashchenko said the detention in Italy of Markiv, a soldier of a battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine, on suspicion of murdering an Italian photojournalist might be another provocation by the Russian special services. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine expressed concern about the arrest of Vitaly Markiv; as per ex-chief prosecutor of Ukraine Evgeniy Enin Ukrainian prosecution for three years tried to persuade Italian prosecution to visit the place of death to conduct the thorough examination, however Italian prosecution denied such proposal.

According to the Ukrainian prosecution Markiv wasn't able to see or identify Rocchelli from his position. On July 4, 2017 Ukrainian activists organized a protest action against the detention Vitalii Markiv near the Embassy of Italy in Kyiv. On July 25, 2019, During the phone conversation with Italian PM Giuseppe Conte Ukrainian President Zelenskiy stressed an importance of unbiased investigation of the Andrea Rocchelli death and offered legal assistance from Ukraine in conducting a thorough joint examination of the circumstances of Rocchelli's death; the conviction of Markiv by Italian court was compared with conviction of Nadiya Savchenko by Russian court for directing mortar fire that killed journalists. Articles about Vitalii Markiv by Euromaidan Press

Philip R. Goodwin

Philip R. Goodwin was an American painter and illustrator who specialized in depictions of wildlife, the outdoors, fishing and the Old American West, he provided illustrations for numerous books and magazines, as well as for commercial items, such as posters and calendars. He is best known for illustrating Jack London's The Call of the Wild and for providing the cover art for many issues of Outdoor Recreation / Outdoor Life Magazine during the 1920s and early 1930s, he is the artist who designed the Horse & Rider Trademark of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Goodwin was a private person and did not seek publicity, so not much was known about his private life during his lifetime. Most of what is known comes from letters held at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Goodwin was born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1881. At age 11, he sold his first illustrated story to Collier's Magazine. Goodwin studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Students League in New York City, the Drexel Institute of Art and Industry in Philadelphia under the well known Howard Pyle.

He followed Pyle when he opened his own Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. N. C. Wyeth, Thornton Oakley and Frank Schoonover were contemporaries of Goodwin who studied under Pyle at that time. Goodwin illustrated Jack London's The Call of the Wild in 1903 at the age of 22, he illustrated Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails. Goodwin opened a studio in 1904 in New York City, became well known for his illustrations in numerous magazines and commercial items, such as posters and catalogs; some of the magazines in which his work appeared include: Collier's Weekly, Outdoor Life, Outers' Recreation, Scribner's Magazine, The Popular Magazine, McClure's Magazine. He did several covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Goodwin became good friends with Charles Russell, staying with him at Russell's Lazy KY Ranch and his Bull Head Lodge, traveling with him on painting and fishing expeditions. On these expeditions and Goodwin influenced each other's painting techniques. Goodwin was friends with Carl Rungius, an avid outdoorsman who taught Goodwin the finer points of hunting and surviving in the wilderness.

Goodwin met and became friends with Theodore Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Ernest Seton Thompson. Goodwin's calendars were published by Brown and Bigelow, the nation’s largest calendar publisher and he received substantial commissions for illustrating advertisements for the Horton Manufacturing Company, Winchester Repeating Arms Company and Marlin Firearms Company Goodwin ran into bad luck during the Great Depression when his savings bank failed, his work was commission-based and his primary activities during that time were gun ads and calendar art, which were sufficient to maintain his studio. Goodwin's style is epitomized by The Surprise in the collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art; the museum describes the painting: "... a photographer is coming upon a mother bear and her two cubs. The painting exemplifies Goodwin's open color palette, use of distance and atmosphere, sense of humor, he painted many wildlife, hunting and western scenes composed from behind the subject's shoulder." Goodwin is well represented in many private collections and museums featuring western and outdoor themes, including the American Museum of Natural History.

The primary biography on Goodwin's life and art is Philip R. Goodwin: Americas Sporting & Wildlife Artist Brandywine School Howard Pyle Carl Rungius Charles Russell Russel Fink Gallery page on Philip R. Goodwin National Museum of Wildlife Art page on Philip R. Goodwin AskArt page on Philip Goodwin, with photo National Museum of American Illustration page on Philip Goodwin Google Books page for Philip R. Goodwin: Americas Sporting & Wildlife Artist Winchester Firearms Company Page on the Artist that designed its logo Meadowlark Gallery page on Philip Goodwin Works by Philip R. Goodwin at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Philip R. Goodwin at Internet Archive

Sitting Ducks (TV series)

Sitting Ducks is an American children's animated television series based on the 1970s "Sitting Ducks" lithograph and the 1998 children's book of the same name, created by the poster artist Michael Bedard. Sitting Ducks first appeared in 2001 in Europe debuting in United States on Cartoon Network, in Australia on ABC, in Canada on YTV, in the United Kingdom on CITV, Disney XD and in the Japanese version of Cartoon Network; the show lasted for two seasons each comprising thirteen episodes, with the last episode shown on December 5, 2004. Reruns of the show were aired on Qubo in 2007, was aired as part of its block Qubo Night Owl, until June 30, 2012; the show takes place in a town called Ducktown and focuses on a duck named Bill and his best friend Aldo, an alligator from the neighboring town of Swampwood. The pair end up in varied situations and adventures, getting around on Bill's scooter. Bill – An anthropomorphic diminutive duck who waddles to a different beat. A kind hearted, good natured fellow, always there when needed.

One of his dreams is to fly. With the help of his friend Dr. Cecil, he tries again and again to fly, is told that the reason he can't is because ducks became too terrestrial. Bill's main appearance difference, apart from his smallness, is his bow tie which he changes every year at the Ducktown Picnic. Bill lives in an apartment with Jerry. He's been called a "gator lover" for his rare efforts to turn alligators into allies of Ducktown. Aldo – A lumbering alligator from the town of Swampwood. He's Bill's best friend, though he receives grief from his fellow gators on being a "duck lover". Has a blind Uncle Artie and a baby cousin Andy. Once was the cook at the bowling ball factory, he transferred to the assembly line after he befriended Bill, as he didn't want to cook any more ducks. Bev – Owner of the Decoy Cafe, where many ducks go to eat. She's a sweet duck who has an alias, Madam Bevousky, as whom she offers fortune telling services to the residents of Ducktown, she is the focus of Bill's romantic interests.

Ed, Oly and Waddle – Three brothers and friends of Bill who live next door to him. These three goofy freeloaders are similar to the Three Stooges and tend to scheme their way into things and are the ones behind some prank or plot, from which they always try to distance themselves when things go awry. Ed speaks with a New York accent. Oly speaks with a "beatnik" accent. Waddle has a more childlike voice. Cecil – Ducktown's only dentist and an inventor, Cecil speaks with a British accent and is always there to offer advice to Bill or the others. Aldo is his only customer, being the only person in town who has teeth, he provides beak adjustments for the ducks. Claire – Cecil's wife, scared of alligators, just like Aldo in the first episode. Fred – a melancholy, but sometimes nervously hyper penguin, who migrated from Antarctica to Ducktown, in which he has a citizenship. He's somewhat of a loner most of the time, always seen surrounding himself with bags of ice or air conditioning to remain comfortable in the intolerable heat.

Has a duck girlfriend, Dot Cable, a cousin, Gelata. Raoul – A Hispanic crow who tends to be the freeloading troublemaker in Ducktown, likes trading insults with Bill, he enjoys mocking Bill's attempts to fly. Drill Sergeant Duck – A tough duck who makes it hard for Aldo to come into Ducktown, as she is the leader of the Duck Defense League, an anti-gator organization. Other characters that have appeared in the show have been voiced by Dale Wilson, Brian Dobson, Sylvia Zaradic, Chantal Strand, Chiara Zanni, Pauline Newstone, Paul Dobson, Lee Tockar, Garry Chalk, Jay Brazeau, Scott McNeil. Sitting Ducks proved to be a big hit with the European children's show market, as a result toys and other merchandise were created; the entire series was on Hulu The cartoon itself spawned a couple of books. Quacking Up is a joke book written by Rick Walton featuring the characters from the television show, Plucked Duck a children's picture book by Danielle Mentzer and Annmarie Harris based on the episode "Duck Naked".

Both books were released in 2004 one year after the show had ended. In May 2003, Light and Shadow Production and Asobo Studios picked up the rights from Universal Studios to create games for Sitting Ducks. During 2004, Sitting Ducks was released for Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance and PlayStation 2. An Xbox version was planned to include a multiplayer racing option, but was cancelled. Sitting Ducks, a lithograph created by Michael Bedard in the end of the 1970s. Sitting Ducks on IMDb

Golf at the Inter-Allied Games

The golf competition at the Inter-Allied Games was held at La Boulie, the course of the Racing Club de Paris, France from 2 to 12 July 1919. The event was open to all military personnel from countries that were among the Allies of World War I; the competition consisted of two men's events. The events were intended to start on 24 June and to finish on 4 July but were delayed to allow the British team to compete. A team event was held on 2 and 3 July with an individual tournament from 7 to 12 July, after the official end of the games on 6 July. For the team event, there were eight players in each team. Only three teams entered, Great Britain and the United States. Great Britain played United States on the first day with the winner playing France. There were four foursomes. United States defeated Great Britain 7–5 but France won the final 8–4; the French team was: Baptiste Bomboudiac, Marius Cavallo, Maurice Daugé, Jean Gassiat, René Golias, Raymond Gommier, Eugène Lafitte and Arnaud Massy. The individual contest started with two rounds of stroke-play on 8 July.

The leading 16 players qualified for the knock-out match-play stage. The knock-out matches were over 36 holes, played from 9 to 12 July. 27 players competed in 11 from France and the United States and 5 from Britain. Of the 16 qualifiers, 8 were 7 from the United States and 1 from Britain. Two British players and Aubrey Boomer were disqualified for arriving late for one of the qualifying rounds. All four semi-finalist were French. In the semi-finals Massy beat Gassiat by 2 holes and Daugé beat Gommier 10&9. In the final Massy beat Daugé 5&4