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Author photo. Photo (cropped) by Alan Light 1982. SDCC

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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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A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories (Author) 877 copies, 33 reviews
Comics & Sequential Art 741 copies, 3 reviews
The Contract with God Trilogy 526 copies, 13 reviews
Will Eisner's New York: Life in the Big City (Author) 232 copies, 11 reviews
Fagin the Jew 223 copies, 10 reviews
9-11: Artists Respond: Volume 1 209 copies, 2 reviews
To the Heart of the Storm 202 copies, 6 reviews
The Best of the Spirit 200 copies, 9 reviews
Dropsie Avenue 182 copies, 9 reviews
Last Day in Vietnam 176 copies, 8 reviews
A Life Force 172 copies, 8 reviews
Spirit Archives, Volume 1 154 copies, 1 review
The Dreamer 133 copies, 2 reviews
The Name of the Game 129 copies, 2 reviews
Invisible People 129 copies, 3 reviews
New York: The Big City 120 copies, 4 reviews
Eisner/Miller 114 copies
Life on Another Planet 109 copies, 5 reviews
A Family Matter 95 copies, 3 reviews
City People Notebook 86 copies, 1 review
Will Eisner Reader 86 copies, 1 review
The Spirit [2008 film] (Screenwriter) 81 copies, 3 reviews
Spirit Archives, Volume 15 (Author) 61 copies
Spirit Jam 50 copies
The art of Will Eisner 48 copies, 3 reviews
Spirit Archives, Volume 17 (Author) 48 copies
The Princess and the Frog 46 copies, 5 reviews
Spirit Archives, Volume 18 (Author) 46 copies
Spirit Archives, Volume 21 (Author) 42 copies
Spirit Archives, Volume 20 (Author) 40 copies
Spirit Archives, Volume 19 (Author) 40 copies
Spirit Archives, Volume 26 (Author) 39 copies
Spirit Archives, Volume 23 (Author) 38 copies
Spirit Archives, Volume 22 (Author) 37 copies
Sundiata: A legend of Africa 36 copies, 2 reviews
Spirit Archives, Volume 24 (Author) 36 copies
Blackhawk Archives, Volume 1 34 copies, 1 review
Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (Primary Contributor) 34 copies, 1 review
The Spirit: Femmes Fatale 34 copies, 1 review
The Outer Space Spirit: 1952 24 copies, 2 reviews
Star Jaws 20 copies
The Spirit 20 copies, 2 reviews
The Stone Lion 19 copies, 14 reviews
Zonsondergang in Sunshine City 12 copies, 1 review
Odd Facts 12 copies, 2 reviews
Will Eisner: A Centennial Celebration (Author, Primary Contributor) 11 copies
Spirit 2 10 copies
Spirit Color Album 9 copies, 1 review
Spirit. 5 7 copies
Spirit 6 copies
Spirit. 8 5 copies
Spirit 1 5 copies
Spirit 6 5 copies
SO?ADOR N'02 4 copies
I ‰falchi dei mari 4 copies, 1 review
Spirit 2 3 copies
Spirit. 7 3 copies
Spirit Bd. 1 3 copies
Spirit. 9 3 copies
Cerebus Jam No.1 April 1985 (Illustrator) 3 copies
Will Eisner's Quarterly #2 3 copies, 1 review
N.Y. City 2 copies
The Spirit #3 2 copies
The Spirit #4 2 copies
The Spirit #5 2 copies
New York Triologie 2 copies, 1 review
Spirit. 2 2 copies
La forza della vita 2 copies, 1 review
Spirit, Ebony 2 copies
Will Eisner's Quarterly #1 2 copies, 1 review
Will Eisner's Quarterly #3 2 copies, 1 review
L' ultimo giorno in Vietnam 2 copies, 1 review
Águila azul 2 copies
Spirit. 12 2 copies
Spirit 3 2 copies
The Spirit 4 2 copies
The Spirit 3 2 copies
Spirit 4 2 copies
Sammy 2 copies
Spirit, nº 3 2 copies
Will Eisner's Quarterly Five 2 copies, 1 review
Żyd Fagin 1 copy
Le Spirit 1 copy
Gamut # 02 1 copy
De stad 1 copy
Spirit. 10 1 copy
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (Editorial advisor) 4,646 copies, 89 reviews
A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (Contributor) 236 copies, 4 reviews
Usagi Yojimbo, Book 12: Grasscutter (Introduction, some editions) 175 copies, 4 reviews
9-11: Emergency Relief 117 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (Contributor) 92 copies, 2 reviews
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IV (Illustrator, some editions) 84 copies, 1 review
Autobiographix (Dark Horse Collections) (Contributor) 79 copies, 3 reviews
The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, Volume 3 (Contributor) 70 copies, 2 reviews
The New Comics Anthology (Contributor) 63 copies, 1 review
Paracuellos 1 (Foreword, some editions) 63 copies, 7 reviews
Moby Dick (Author, some editions) 56 copies, 4 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Best War Comics (Contributor) 37 copies, 1 review
The Vampire Brat and other tales of Supernatural Law (Introduction) 14 copies, 1 review
The Comics Journal #249 (Contributor) 8 copies
Comics 8 (Contributor) 1 copy
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