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DeBeck, Billy

Many years ago--at least two decades--Howard Lowery auctioned off a group of 18 sketch pages by Billy DeBeck, the creator of the classic strip Barney Google. There was little explanation that accompanied the artwork. They appeared to be either character development pieces, or sketches that DeBeck did while sitting in a hotel lobby. Maybe they were a combination of both. In any event, I was the under bidder on the lot and never saw the pieces again. Quite recently, the DeBeck sketches resurfaced and I was given the opportunity to purchase them. After seeing only a few examples of them (I had never seen the entire group, as Lowery only pictured a few), I decided not to miss out on them again.

The sketch pages are really quite lovely. They show DeBeck's raw facility at capturing gesture and attitude. Some of the pieces are reminiscent of Daumier. Others have the quality of Phil May's work, the British cartoonist who DeBeck so admired. Then there is DeBeck's own style. You can see so much of the type of characters that inhabited Barney Google in these sketches, from cops and hotel-types, to sharps and con men. When DeBeck was on--and he usually was--he could sum up so much information, which such little line work. That's what really comes across in these pieces.

As far as where and when these were done, I can only hazard guesses. As all of the pieces are done on the stationary of a New York City cosmetics company, I assume that he did them while in NYC. Was there a Continental Hotel in NYC during this time? I have yet to find out. As far as the time-period goes, they seem to be from a fairly prime period of DeBeck's work, so I would guesstimate them as circa 1930, but who knows for sure?

My thanks to my buddies Larry Shell and Chollie "The Patron Saint of Popeye" Roberts for helping these sketches find their way home to Wisconsin.

There are 20 Pieces of Art In This Gallery.     1 through 18 shown.

This Room is Ordered By The Owner's Preference.

Billy DeBeck - Barney Google Daily Strip - 1923 Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Barney Google Daily Strip - 1923

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 386
Comments: 4
Added to Site: 1/24/2014

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Barney Google Daily Strip - 1923
Artist: Billy DeBeck (All)
386 Views, 4 Comments

Billy DeBeck - Parlor, Bedroom & Sink - 1930 Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Parlor, Bedroom & Sink - 1930

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 935
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 12/18/2004

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Parlor, Bedroom & Sink - 1930
Artist: Billy DeBeck (All)
935 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #1 - Continental Hotel Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #1 - Continental Hotel

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 765
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #1 - Continental Hotel
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
765 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #2 - Bellboys Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #2 - Bellboys

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 714
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #2 - Bellboys
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
714 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #3 - Meetcha at the Continental Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #3 - Meetcha at the Continental

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 676
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #3 - Meetcha at the Continental
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
676 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #4 - Miscellaneous Figures Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #4 - Miscellaneous Figures

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 660
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #4 - Miscellaneous Figures
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
660 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #5 - Crocker Yates Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #5 - Crocker Yates

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 830
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #5 - Crocker Yates
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
830 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #6 - Hoot Morgan and Gunboat Jones Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #6 - Hoot Morgan and Gunboat Jones

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 1402
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #6 - Hoot Morgan and Gunboat Jones
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
1402 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #7 - Miscellaneous Figures Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #7 - Miscellaneous Figures

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 679
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #7 - Miscellaneous Figures
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
679 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #8 - Rose Yeast, Madame Maltese, and the Four Hortons Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #8 - Rose Yeast, Madame Maltese, and the Four Hortons

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 748
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #8 - Rose Yeast, Madame Maltese, and the Four Hortons
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
748 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #9 - Miscellaneous Figures Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #9 - Miscellaneous Figures

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 689
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #9 - Miscellaneous Figures
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
689 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #10 - Mezzanine Boys, Colleen O'Dear and Millionaire Rob Merchant Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #10 - Mezzanine Boys, Colleen O'Dear and Millionaire Rob Merchant

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 642
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #10 - Mezzanine Boys, Colleen O'Dear and Millionaire Rob Merchant
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
642 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #11 - Candlelight Dinner Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #11 - Candlelight Dinner

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 808
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #11 - Candlelight Dinner
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
808 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #12 - Annie Potts Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #12 - Annie Potts

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 803
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #12 - Annie Potts
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
803 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #13 - Harrington, the Poor Little Rich Boy Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #13 - Harrington, the Poor Little Rich Boy

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 786
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #13 - Harrington, the Poor Little Rich Boy
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
786 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #14 - J. Pomroy Snodgrass and the Guest in Room 1900 Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #14 - J. Pomroy Snodgrass and the Guest in Room 1900

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 697
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #14 - J. Pomroy Snodgrass and the Guest in Room 1900
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
697 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #15 - Publicity Office Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #15 - Publicity Office

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 662
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #15 - Publicity Office
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
662 Views

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #16 - Prince Hopperoff and Miscellaneous Characters Comic Art
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Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #16 - Prince Hopperoff and Miscellaneous Characters

Art Details

Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 683
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 3/8/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Billy DeBeck - Sketch Page #16 - Prince Hopperoff and Miscellaneous Characters
Artist: Billy DeBeck (Penciller)
683 Views

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Joined: September 2004
Ebay Id: robart
Website: http://www.robstolzer.com
 

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