José Beá

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José Beá
Born Josep Maria Beà i Font
1942
Spain
Nationality Spanish
Area(s) artist
Pseudonym(s) Sanchez Zamora,[1] Norton[1]
Notable works
Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella

Josep Maria Beà i Font, in Spanish José Beá (born 11 March 1942) is a Spanish comic book artist.

Career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalunya, Beá joined the art agency Selecionnes Illustrada at 15 [1] and started his comic book career in the late 1950s when he worked for Fleetway in Britain. [2] He also worked on Miller's TV Heroes during this period.[2] In the early 1960s he worked on Space Ace for Atlas, as well as Lone Star.[2] He also worked on various British romance comics including Romeo, Mirabelle, Valentine and Jackie.[1] In 1962 Beá moved to Paris where he focused on painting rather than comic book art.[2] Bea returned to comics in 1970 for the publication Dracula from Buru Lan, where he first started writing his own stories. His work for Dracula included the series Sir Leo[1] as well as several stand-alone stories.

Due to his connections with the Spanish agency Selecciones Illustrada, Beá started working for Warren Publishing in America in 1971, premiering with the story The Silver Thief and the Pharoah's Daughter in Vampirella 13.[3] Bea would both write and illustrate a large portion of his stories. Stories highlighted for praise by comics historian Richard Arndt included Picture of Death (Creepy 45), The Accursed Flower (Creepy 49), Quavering Shadows (Vampirella 15) and The Other Side of Heaven (Vampirella 28).[4] Eerie publish three parts from his Tales of Peter Hypnos series, which had also been published in Spirit in Spain and in Australia.[5] His work for Dracula was reprinted in a separate book published by Warren, as well as his story Invasion in Eerie 75. Beá would draw approximately thirty stories for Warren and two covers, one of which was actually an enlarged and colorized panel from one of his stories.

After his departure from Warren in 1976, Beá worked on Tales of the Galactic Inn.[2] He would also produce work for satirist humor magazines such as El Papus, Muchas Gracias, El Vibora, Eh! and Por Favor.[1] In 1979 he was convicted for offenses against morality for the content of one of his stories in Tales of the Galactic Inn, and was forbidden from doing anymore artwork.[2] Once this ban was lifted, he co-founded the magazine Rambla with Luis Garcia, acting as Publisher and Editor, and working under both his own name and the alias Sanchez Zamora.[1] After Rambla went out of business, he would found his own publishing company, Intermagen which republished various works of his as well as producing various humor magazines.[1]

Selected bibliography[edit]

A sample of Jose Bea's work, from Creepy #45.
  • Miller's TV Heroes
  • Space Ace
  • Lone Star
  • Dracula issues 1-5, 7-12 (1971)
  • Marilyn (1971)
  • Creepy issues 44-47, 49-53,56-58,61,80 (1972–1976)
  • Eerie issues 39-41,72,73,75,76 (1972–1976)
  • Vampirella issues 13,15,17,22,23,25,26,28,31,34,36 (1971–1974)
  • Tales of the Galactic Inn
  • Rambla

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Roach, David (2017). Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art. Dynamite. pp. 54–55. ISBN 978-1-5241-0131-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Cooke, Jon; Roach, David (2001). The Warren Companion. Two Morrows Publishing. p. 260. ISBN 1-893905-09-8. 
  3. ^ Arndt, Richard (2013). Horror Comics in Black and White. McFarland & Company, Inc, Publishers. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-7864-7025-9. 
  4. ^ Arndt, Richard (2013). Horror Comics in Black and White. McFarland & Company, Inc, Publishers. p. 35,36,121,125. ISBN 978-0-7864-7025-9. 
  5. ^ Horne, David (2010). Gathering Horror. Phrona Press. pp. 96–97. 

Sources[edit]

  • Roach, David A.; Cooke, Jon B. The Warren Companion. 

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