- Full Description
This catalogue includes 175 selected illustrations, reproduced from the original artwork, for the landmark 2017 Will Eisner Centennial Celebration exhibition, at Le Musée de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême and the Society of Illustrators in New York. It begins with Espionage starring Black X, Spirit splash pages beginning in 1940, WWII military posters, prime late-1940s Spirits, Connie Rodd from PS Magazine, then it jumps to the 1960s Spirit revival, coloring book (1974), Warren's Spirit Magazine (all with new covers by Will), rare Tempo paperback art, etc.
Wonderful oversized volume, a large and satisfying selection of the finest Eisner artwork to be seen, with every detail in high relief.
The last 40% of the book is devoted to his graphic novel and later Spirit art. The impact that Will Eisner (1917–2005) had on sequential art cannot be overstated—his innovative storytelling, layouts, and art on his newspaper series The Spirit inspired a generation of cartoonists. His acclaimed run of graphic novels beginning in 1978 with A Contract with God helped pioneer that form.
This includes essays by the three men credited above. Denis Kitchen was Eisner's publisher for many years, and today is the agent for his estate. There's also an Introduction by Jean-Pierre Mercier, co-founder of Metal Hurlant which of course spawned Heavy Metal.
"The Spirit [became] the standard by which other comics books would be measured." -Harvey Kurtzman
"Will Eisner is the heart and mind of American comics." -Scott McCloud
"Will Eisner could write and draw in the way most of us hum or whistle a tune, without concious effort or inhibition. Story was his music, and pencil and brush his instruments. The universal appeal of will's very personal compositions made him truly a maestro without peer. -Dave Gibbons (Watchmen)
Dual English and French text with essays by Denis Kitchen, Paul Gravett, and John Lind.
- Additional Information
Item Code WECCH Publisher Dark Horse Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781506703558 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 10x14 # Pages 176pg Color Full Color