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The Will Eisner Companion: The Pioneering Spirit of the Father of the… (2004)

by N. C. Christopher Couch

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Will Eisner's career spans the entire history of comic books - from his formative days in the 1930s through the 1940s, when he revolutionized narrative sequential art with his internationally famed series The Spirit, to the 1970s when he created the contemporary graphic novel form with A Contract with God.… (more)
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A true pioneer in illustration, and considered the father of the graphic novel. Creator of the Spirit that originated in newspapers and comic books during the Golden Age of the 1940's and 50's. A very comprehensive overview of his life and extensive body of illustrated work. This book also includes:
Encyclopedic listings and examinations of "The Spirit" graphic novels, 16 color pages, 200 total illustrations, chronology, selected bibliography, and a suggested reading list. A must have for any Eisner, Spirit, or graphic novel historian, or fan. ( )
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"With those who hold that a comic strip cannot be a work of art, I shall not traffic." — Gilbert Seldes, The 7 Lively Arts, 1924
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To Dave Schreiner — brother-in-law, mentor, friend. — N.C.C.C.
This book is for my mother. — S.W.
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It's difficult to know how and where to begin writing about Will Eisner because, after spending quite a few recent hours looking at his work, what I feel like doing is simply seeking him out and strewing petals in his path.
March 6, 1917: William Erwin Eisner born in Brooklyn, New York.
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Will Eisner's career spans the entire history of comic books - from his formative days in the 1930s through the 1940s, when he revolutionized narrative sequential art with his internationally famed series The Spirit, to the 1970s when he created the contemporary graphic novel form with A Contract with God.

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