Joel Beck can be called the grandfather of underground comix, with his comic 'Lenny of Laredo' (1965). (Although some say that Frank Stack's 'New Adventures of Jezus' is first). Other comics of Joel Beck are 'Marching Marvin' (1966) and 'The Profit' (1966). Kitchen Sink Press reprinted those stories in 1977 under the title 'Joel Beck's Comics & Stories'. Beck's work appeard in several underground comics (Snarf, Comix Book and others) until the late 1970s, when his work disappeared from the scene. Until his death in 1999, Joel Beck lived in obscurity in Point Richmond, California doing occasional advertising commissions and being looked after by friends.