William De Beck
(1890 - 1942)
William Morgan De Beck was active/lived in New York, Illinois. William De Beck is known for cartoonist, caricaturist.
Biography William De Beck
Billy DeBeck was a noted cartoonist as well as a writer. He created some of the most memorable comic strip characters of the 1920s and 1930s, including Barney Google, Bunky, Snuffy Smith, and the racehorse Spark Plug.
William Morgan DeBeck was born and raised in Chicago, where he studied at the citys Academy of Fine Arts. Among his fellow students were Frank Willard, Ralph B. Fuller, and Frank King. It is thought that DeBeck originally planned to work as a comic artist only until he had earned enough to finance a fine arts career.
Beginning in 1910, he drew for several midwestern newspapers, including the Youngstown Telegram, the Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, and the Chicago Herald, turning out political cartoons, sports cartoons
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