March 4, 2011

The Spirit couldn’t have been more infectious at the reception the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art held Thursday to mark the opening of its exhibition of “Will Eisner’s New York, From The Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel.” The exhibition, at the museum’s space at 594 Broadway, mounts a stunning array of drawings and paintings by the iconic master of what he called sequential art.

It also features a related exhibit work by creators influenced by the legendary draftsman, including such giants as Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus; Jack Kirby, the artist behind the Marvel superheroes; Jules Feiffer, who began on Eisner’s staff and went on to his own glorious career; and Joseph Kubert, who rose to fame via his covers for D.C. Comics, to name but a few of the famous names present.

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