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Spirit, The - Achives VOL 16 [Hardcover]

Will Eisner


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June 1 2005 Spirit Archives (Book 16)
Late comics master Will Eisners best of the best continues on in this volume of legendary Spirit adventures from 1948. This edition includes the introduction or Powder Pouf, one of his all-time classics, Mrs. Paraffin, Sparrow, yet another return of Silk Satin, and the timeless Life Below. Eisners moody and atmospheric tales collected here are a bible of the storytelling art.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204068
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 17 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,128,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit deseerves to be made into a movie. July 23 2005
By Dr. Fred R. Eichelman - Published on Amazon.com
I have just finished reading Volumes 15 and 16 and will buy more when I can afford them. I do know that his best period was said to be the two or three years after World War II and that is what I am concentrating on now. The books read like a film noir movie with a touch of William Powell, Robert Mitchum, Batman, and the Bowery Boys. The stories are still fresh today and the art is excellent. You can see the influence Eisner had on MAD, DC and Marvel. Unfortunately The Spirit was not available by the time I was teaching as I would, have used the series, as I did various other comics, in the classroom. The Spirit is sort of The Lone Ranger, though why the mask was needed no one knows despite the explanation that the first publisher wanted it. Only the inspector and his lovely daughter, clearly modeled after Betty Grable, and Ebony know who he is for sure. Some may think that a black kid as a side kick named Ebony is racist, but for the 1940's this was pretty advanced. Ebony himself deserved a comic strip and he is a true right hand man for The Spirit. They've made movies of The Saint (plus TV series), radio's The Shadow, and all kinds of comic heroes. The Spirit would seem the most logical one to be made into a film as it already has everything there.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hipster Spies With His Little Eye Something That Begins With--Genius Dec 8 2005
By The Mystic Eye Of The Hipster - Published on Amazon.com
Will Eisner is gone. His charming & arresting art, his skilled storytelling, & his firey Dangerous Dames will be with us always, but he is gone.

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff for All Feb. 18 2006
By Ian Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
In my review of "Spirit Archives" Vol. 15, I wondered if Will Eisner had reached his peak, or if there was better still to come. The answer is found in this volume. Covering the first half of 1948, Vol. 16 demonstrates that Eisner still had plenty of ideas and the energy to express them.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Eisner's Spirit never fails to please Aug. 10 2013
By Robert F. Carlin II - Published on Amazon.com
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Will Eisner creator of The Spirit, continues the weekly comic tales of Denny Colt, Commissioner Dolan, and all the wonderful supporting characters, in Vol. 16 of The Spirit Archives. This volume, published by DC Comics (as one of a series of 27) features the Spirit stories originally published from January to June, 1948.

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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