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Will Eisner's The Spirit archives.
Eisner, Will.
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volumes <1-13 > : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Vol. 1. June 2 to Dec. 29, 1940 -- v. 2. Jan. 5 to June 29, 1941 -- v. 3. July 6 to Dec. 28, 1941 -- v. 4. Jan. 4 to June 28, 1942 -- v. 5. July 5 to December 27, 1942 -- v. 6. Jan. 23 to June 27, 1943 -- v. 7. July 4 to Dec. 26, 1943 -- v. 8. January 2 to June 25, 1944 -- v. 9. July, 1944 to December 31, 1944 -- v. 10. Jan. 7, 1945 to June 24, 1945. -- v. 13. July 7 to Dec. 29, 1946.
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PN6727.S63 E388 2000 Graphic Novel New Materials
PN6727.S63 E388 2000 V. 1 Graphic Novel Central Library
PN6727.S63 E388 2000 V.4 Graphic Novel Central Library
PN6727.S63 E388 2000 V.10 Graphic Novel Central Library
PN6727.S63 E388 2000 V.13 Graphic Novel Central Library

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In 1940, master comics artist Will Eisner stepped away from producing monthly comic books to create something new: a weekly newspaper comics supplement staring a character called the Spirit. A former police detective, the Spirit embarked on a trailblazing journey of adventure that continued into the early 1950s, bringing him into conflict with countless criminals, and scientists, and unforgettable femmes fatales, as well as ordinary citizens unwittingly caught in a web of crime. THE SPIRIT had a fantastic stylistic range, from humorous to romantic to deadly -- but always with a focus on crime, in moody, innovative, and highly atmospheric tales that are still revered by comics professional and fans today.

Author Notes

Will Eisner was born March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. As a child he worked for printers and sold newspapers. He attended De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where his artwork first appeared in the school newspaper. His first job was at the New York American, but he lost that and found a job with WOW What a Magazine! in 1936. He created two features for the magazine, Harry Karry and The Flame. After the magazine went under, for a short time, he freelanced and drew stories for Comic Magazines before he and friend Jerry Iger formed a the Eisner-Iger studio. The two went their separate ways when Eisner joined the Quality Comics Group to produce a syndicated 16-page newspaper supplement. It was there that Eisner created his most well known character, the Spirit.

In 1942, Eisner was drafted into the army where he produced posters and strips for the troops. After the war, he continued the Spirit strip until 1952. It was during this time that he created the American Visuals Corporation, a commercial art company that created comics for educational and commercial purposes. Some of the company's clients included RCA Records, the Baltimore Colts, and New York Telephone.

Eisner had given up on the Spirit strip, but still produced new material for it from time to time. He chose to focus his efforts on a more mature storyline and so produced A Contract With God, which was published in 1978. It was the beginnings of the graphic novel.

Eisner also taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York, in addition to writing Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling. The Eisner Awards, one of only two comics industry awards, are named for Eisner and were established in 1988. Eisner's work was showcased in the Whitney Museum's 1996 "NYNY: City of Ambition" show.

Will Eisner passed away on Monday January 3, 2005 at the age of 87 after undergoing quadruple bypass heart surgery.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

By the time these stories were originally published, masked crime fighter the Spirit had been in newspapers for more than a decade. Eisner was keeping things fresh by injecting elements of sf and other genres, as well as out-and-out comedy, to leaven the established noir atmosphere. In many episodes, the titular hero makes only a token appearance as Eisner creates one-off stories focusing on sympathetic, everyman characters. Throughout, Eisner's cinematic storytelling and expressive, moody artwork remain as innovative as ever. A half-century later, these concise gems remain exemplary testaments to the comics' potential.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2007 Booklist