Spirit, The - Achives VOL 16 Hardcover – Jun 1 2005
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The hardcover series reprinting Eisner's famed and influential 1940s masked-crime-fighter comic strip continues with 25 stories dating from 1948, when the strip, eight years into its run, was arguably at its zenith. Eisner was using a simple premise--masked crime fighter, more everyman than superhero, operating in a noirish urban milieu--to tell a variety of stories: murder mysteries, pop-culture parodies, a creepy haunted-house yarn, and an episode starring the hero's comical sidekick. In an even bigger change of pace, Eisner took the Spirit from his usual stamping ground, Central City (i.e., New York), to Paris, London, Calcutta, and a fictional South American island, Montabaldo, newly risen from the sea to reveal a lost civilization. Whatever the setting, the strips all feature Eisner's hallmark cinematic storytelling, artwork that seamlessly blends serious illustration and broad cartooning, and distinctive full-page opening panels (which served as covers to the newspaper comic-book supplements in which the strips first appeared). The late-1940s Spirit represents Eisner at his best--which means the best mainstream comic books ever offered. Gordon Flagg
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His heroes never tried to save the world--they saved PEOPLE, darnit! People with NAMES! With FACES! With LIVES! With STORIES TO TELL...which began before the heroes & villains showed up, & often went on after they left; or at least that's what you'd believe, after reading Will Eisner's brillant work.
Comics like these are why they called it "The Golden Age Of Comics".
Buy this. Read it. See what you've been missing. Make your life RICHER.
The Hipster gives it a Big Thumbs UP!
In this volume, the Spirit encounters old enemies like the Octopus, femme fatales Satin and P'Gell, ghosts, haunted guns, exotic locales, all with the wink-and-nod that Eisner had perfected throughout the series.
There's not much more to say, really. It's good stuff for everyone.
The hardcover book is beautifully made with full color reprints of Eisner's noir-ish tales of crime and mystery in Central City. I am a huge fan of the post-WWII Spirit stories. Eisner returned to the strip from military service, and seemed determined to expand the strips horizons. His art was never better, and his stories reached beyond the pre-war cops-n-robbers mystery/detective genre. Many of the post-war stories focus on the lives and foible of characters other than The Spirit (foreshadowing his excellent graphic novels of the 1970s and onward).
This volume will not disappoint. A 'must' for the Spirit or Will Eisner fan or anyone who reads comics or graphic novels.
Note that some of the Spirit Archives were apparently short-printed, and Vol. 16 (along with 12 and 14) is among the rarest.
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