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Will Eisner Art: 3:00 AM Father (1981) * NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE *
(1917-2005) • Original short story
“3:00 AM Father” (1981)
The vast majority of Will Eisner’s comic art pages
pages are in crisp black and white, certainly
including each and every Spirit story from the Golden
Age of Comics. But later in his career he periodically
added wash tones to hard line art in some short
stories. “Wash” is a gray tone created by diluting
dense black India ink with water: the more water that
is added, the lighter the gray becomes, and for a
master artist like Eisner, this unlimited tonal range
simply created a broader palette with which to work.
The technique works especially well on this
middle-of-the-night universal parent story, created in
1981 as part of the “Garbage Cans” chapter collected
in New York: The Big City. The floating
foreground panel planes against the cityscape and
approaching garbage truck is typical of Eisner’s
constant inventiveness with page composition.
Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, ink and wash on
heavy Bainbridge illustration board measuring 11.5 x
15 inches. Slight tape residue on some edges but
otherwise excellent condition.
Further reference: Much other Eisner art, plus
out-of-print graphic novels, Spirit comic books and magazines,
Cartoonist Button, and numerous other
Eisner-related items are accessible from our sister
Krupp’s Curio Shoppe. Just type his name (or The
Spirit) into our search bar.
Provenance: The Will Eisner estate is
exclusively represented by the Denis Kitchen Art
Agency, an affiliate of Steve Krupp’s Curio Shoppe and
Gallery. This drawing is warranted to be an authentic
original created by Will Eisner, and sold on behalf of
his estate. Note: Image is © Will Eisner Studios, Inc.
Reproduction for commercial purposes requires