- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books; Deluxe edition (June 19 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1506706398
- ISBN-13: 978-1506706399
- Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 7.6 x 39.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Will Eisner's Contract with God Curator's Edition Hardcover – Jun 19 2018
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About the Author
Will Eisner (1917–2005) was a writer, creator, and one of the true legends in the comic book medium. Eisner is the creator of The Spirit, one of the first comic properties to gain widespread popularity and acclaim. One of the biggest awards in the comic book industry is the Eisner award, named after the Brooklyn-born legend.
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"A Contract with God" is a deliberate attempt, the first actually, of using the combination of words and pictures to relate a story of the human condition on par with any works of great literature. It is the first ever "Graphic Novel," printed solely in book form and not merely a collection of serialized stories. Eisner had lofty goals for this slim volume. Semi-autobiographical, he told stories of the Jewish slums of New York around the time of the Great Depression. Being neither Jewish, nor from the East Coast, nor alive during the Great Depression, I was not sure how well I would relate to the book.
Well, because he is one of the giants, Eisner uses words and pictures to bridge the gap between his experience and mine, finding common ground and understanding. "A Contract with God" is entertaining, addictive and enlightening. I can honestly say that I am better for having read it. Go ahead, give it a try.
This would make a great gift for anyone who likes comics or Jewish stories. There is, however, nudity and sex (which is treated with the utmost realism -- this isn't pornography!), so beware of that.
This and all other Eisner is highly, highly recommended. // koby c.
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