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WILL EISNER A SPIRITED LIFE
By Bob Andelman. Foreword by Neal Adams.
An expanded, deluxe edition of the out-of-print biography, detailing a fascinating 70-year career. From being a pioneer at the beginning of the Golden Age, to offering adult-oriented stories in the Sunday funnies (The Spirit), to educational comics (PS Magazine), back into comics, and finally creating one of the earliest graphic novels, A Contract with God.
Eisner’s influence has been felt by such diverse talents as Bob Kane and Jack Kirby, as well as underground comics legend R. Crumb and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists Jules Feiffer and Art Spiegelman–all have hailed Eisner’s cinematic approach to comics, and his enduring character The Spirit.
From his childhood to famously turning down a proposal for Superman, to educating Army soldiers in P.S. Magazine, Eisner’s personal and professional life is told in dramatic detail.
The author spent three years interviewing Eisner prior to his passing, researching his life and work and interviewing friends, family, and colleagues including Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Neil Gaiman, Denis Kitchen, Joe Kubert, Stan Lee, Jules Feiffer, Neal Adams, and his former School of Visual Arts students Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Joe Quesada, Batton Lash, Mike Carlin and others.
In addition to hundreds of full-color images from Will’s archives and private collections (not found in the original edition), this expanded collection includes new interviews with Drew Friedman, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragones, Ken Quattro, Benjamin Herzberg, Scott Hampton, Bo Hampton, Michael Uslan, and others, which clear the air on some topics left unfinished by the first edition, and add depth to the reader’s knowledge of Eisner’s body of work.
Featuring an insightful introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon and a foreword by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams.
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Publisher: TwoMorrows, 2015
Binding: Hardcover without dustjacket