Will Eisner believed in the teaching power of comics, and after his run on The Spirit, from 1951 to 1971 he produced PS magazine for the U.S. Army. It was aimed at teaching American soldiers about safety and maintenance for vehicles, aircraft, firearms, etc. Eisner used both comic book stories (full color, starring the sexy bombshell, "Connie Rod") and illustrated tutorials. Even pinups played a part.
This may sound dry, but it's anything but. It's pure Eisner, making lessons fun and entertaining as only he could. I've personally collected these since I found my first one at the flea market (probably from a de-commisioned serviceman) in the 1960s.
This contains the best of Eisner's 227 issues of PS, reproduced in digest-size, just like the original magazine. This relatively unknown work by Eisner is finally explored--the missing link between his Spirit stories and his later, more mature graphic novel style.
"An instructional model for today's producers of non-fiction comics, which too often lack such visual traction, this also has appeal for military buffs, vehicle junkies, and Eisner fans."--Library Journal
"The enthusiast who's been nurturing a curiosity about Eisner's lost years will find all he needs to know from this beautifully produced little volume."--The Comics Journal
"Eisner understood comics' potential for education decades before his peers, and PS magazine was his first laboratory. This thoughtful new collection is an essential addition to the Eisner library." --Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics