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A comics master's apexNov. 6 2006
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Will Eisner is righfully considered to be the most innovative draftsman and storyteller in the history of comics so far (just over 100 years and counting...). This particular volume collects his 'Spirit' stories at the top of their form. Stories in which the Spirit himself often took a backseat to various colorful character inhabiting Central City. This allowed for a greater variety of genres to be played with by the writers (which included a young Jules Pfieffer), getting away from the Spirit's usual crime noir and delving into slice of life stories, science fiction, and humor. I'm a cartoonist myself (see Commodore Dinosaur on the web)and teach a college course on comics and graphic novel illustration and Eisner's work is required reading, but that aside, these stories are just entertaining as hell.
These Really Are ClassicApril 26 2013
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This book collects the Spirit stories from January 2 to June 26, 1949. Here is the story list:
Ice A Prisoner of Love The Explorer Thorne Strand and the Spirit A Slow Ship to Shanghai The Big Sneeze Caper Visitor The Valentine The Deadly Comic Book Glob Death, Taxes and...The Spirit The Vernal Equinox Foul Play A Pot of Gold Introducing Lovely Looie Dolan Walks a Beat The Spirit Now Deputy The Hunted Hamid Jebru The Crime of Passion The Space Sniper Young Dr. Ebony Black Alley Satin The Prediction The Elevator
Other critics more learned than I have described the genius of Will Eisner and the great entertainment value of The Spirit. And it is commendable that the complete run of the Spirit is being preserved and made accessible to the public. But it's a shame that DC is printing these stories at a reduced size. I got much more enjoyment from the less archival Kitchen Sink reprints, both in black-and-white and in its large color albums, because the increased panel size allowed greater appreciation of Eisner's fabulous drawings. To take the work of a brilliant illustrator and reduce it to a size even smaller than it would be if printed as a standard-sized comic book is a sin against true archival preservation and any good will one has toward DC for publishing these books must be mitigated by the actual format. But even so, the Spirit is wonderful , the stories in this volume show Eisner at the height of his storytelling powers and there's no other practical way to get all of them in the order they were published.