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    Charles Nicholas Cuidera - 'Chuck'
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According to an interview at the San Diego Comic Con in 2000, he was the first artist at Fox Feature Syndicate to use the house name, "Charles Nicholas". This is evidenced by the fact that his own first and middle names are "Charles Nicholas".

"House Names" were a phenomenon of the early days of comics publishing whereby publishers could force their contracted artists to use pseudonyms they legally owned on certain stories. Typically, these were origin stories. This then gave the artist no legal recourse if they wish to contest ownership of a character or concept. In the modern era, pseudonyms are typically used voluntarily by the artist to "distance" themselves from work of which they're not especially proud, or to create an air of mystery for the knowledgeable reader. It's interesting that the practice was so markedly different in the early days of comics.

One of the most famous stories on which Cuidera became Nicholas was the origin story for Blue Beetle in Mystery Men Comics #1. The fact that no fewer than three artists at Fox used the name "Charles Nicholas' led to confusion for many years over who actually had created the character.

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America at War: The Best of DC War Comics (1979)
Blackhawk (1944)
Blackhawk (1957)
Blackhawk (1989)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
Chilling Archives of Horror Comics (2010)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
Diary Loves (1949)
Even More Secret Origins (2003)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Hawkman (1964)
Heart Throbs (1949)
Ken Shannon (1951)
Love Secrets (1953)
Military Comics (1941)
Secret Origins (1973)
Web of Evil (1952)
Yanks In Battle (1956)

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Blackhawk (1957)
The Blackhawk Archives (2001)
Blue Beetle (1939)
Bomba, The Jungle Boy (1967)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
Buccaneers (1950)
The Flame (1940)
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (1990)
Green Mask (1940)
Hawkman (1964)
Heart Throbs (1949)
Ken Shannon (1951)
Military Comics (1941)
Mystery Men Comics (1939)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Web of Evil (1952)
Yanks In Battle (1956)

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