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The Spirit Archives, Volume 14 (DC Archives Edition) Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140120158X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401201586
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

This volume of deluxe hardcover reprints of Eisner's 1940s strip The Spirit shows the writer-artist fully achieving the unmatched amalgam of expressive drawing, fast-paced scripts, vivid characterizations, and innovative storytelling techniques that remains a key influence on comics artists today. In these 1947 stories, Eisner began playing up elements that concurrently were becoming the hallmarks of the American movies later called film noir. Comics and movies alike are punchy crime stories set in a nocturnal urban milieu and featuring hardboiled gangsters, crooked politicians, and gorgeous but deceitful dames. Eisner wasn't afraid, however, to tackle other genres (this volume features a ghost story) or to take his cast to exotic locales. For a real change of pace, he produced equally accomplished comedies (many focused, however, on the Spirit's diminutive sidekick, Ebony, an unfortunate racial stereotype). Each seven-pager is a well-polished gem; nobody else in comics has ever done more with fewer pages. Now in his eighties, Eisner turns out acclaimed graphic novels, but this early work best demonstrates his mastery. Gordon Flagg
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More About the Author

WILL EISNER was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. By the time of his death on January 3, 2005, Will Eisner was recognized internationally as one of the giants in the field of sequential art, a term he coined.

In a career that spanned nearly eight decades - from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics - Will Eisner was truly the 'Father of the Graphic Novel' and the 'Orson Welles of Comics.' He broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena, and countless others.

During World War II, Will Eisner used the comic format to develop training and equipment maintenance manuals for the US Army. After the war this continued as the Army's "PS Magazine" which is still being produced today. Will Eisner taught Sequential Art at the New York School of Visual Arts for 20 years. The textbooks that he wrote were based on his course and are still bestsellers. In 1978, Will Eisner wrote "A Contract with God," the first modern Graphic Novel. This was followed by almost 20 additional graphic novels over the following 25 years.

The "Oscars" of the Comic Industry are called The Eisner Awards, and named after Will Eisner. The Eisners are presented annually before a packed ballroom at San Diego Comic-Con, America's largest comics convention.

Wizard magazine named Eisner "the most influential comic artist of all time." Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-prize winning novel "Kavalier and Clay" is based in good part on Eisner. In 2002, Eisner received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation for Jewish Culture, presented by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

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