Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives: July 4 to Dec. 26, 1943

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DC Comics, 2002 - Fiction - 228 pages
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As the seventh hardcover edition in the impressive Spirit Archives collection, this masterpiece features the work of some of the pioneers of the comic world. With the war in Europe still waging, the Sunday strips from July 4 - December 26, 1943 had the Spirit focusing his attention to homegrown homefront problems. Returning to his crimefighting roots, the Spirit must help Ellen Dolan when she is framed for a dance marathon murder, prove his own innocence when he becomes the prime suspect for a prominent businessman's death, catch a shipyard saboteur, thwart a kidnapping by a couple of femme fatales, and confront a murderous ex-con living on a construction site.

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Review: The Spirit Archives, Vol. 1 (The Spirit Archives #1)

User Review  - Edward Cheer - Goodreads

As far as Will Eisner's works go... this isn't his best. But this isn't a horrible book, to say the least. The greater half of this book is filled with cooky hi jinx, cartoony characters, and daring ... Read full review

Review: The Spirit Archives, Vol. 1 (The Spirit Archives #1)

User Review  - Mark Alger - Goodreads

Eisner is well-known and -loved as one of the giants of comic art and visual storytelling. My intent is to get my hands on as many of these volumes as I can afford. Read full review

About the author (2002)

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.

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