Will Eisner Dies At 87

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Will Eisner Dies At 87 (Editor and Publisher)

Photo of cover to Spirit Color Album #1 Collects fourteen Spirit stories, with new color by the Danish publisher. Kitchen Sink Press' cover (shown left) recycles Eisner's wraparound cover for Spirit Magazine #20, was unique to the American edition. Includes the only reprinting to date of the Spirit origin story created for the brief (two issue) Harvey Comics Spirit series in the mid 1960's.Cartoonist/graphic novelist Will Eisner died last night in Florida following quadruple heart bypass surgery. He was 87.

His newspaper connection included creating “The Spirit” insert for Sunday papers from 1940 to 1952. Jules Feiffer worked under Eisner on that comic feature from 1946 and 1951. Eisner received the 1995 Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1998 Reuben Award as cartoonist of the year from the National Cartoonists Society.

As Brian Doherty and Michelle Catalano note, his work was truly pioneering. Sadly, I didn’t realize he was still alive.

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