Will Eisner Art: Pained Danish Spirit Cover w/ Pencils (1991) Lot of 5
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Title/date/description: WILL EISNER. Unusual LOT of 5: PAINTED SPIRIT COVER + 4 PENCIL PRELIMINARIES for Danish edition of THE SPIRIT (1991)
This striking SPIRIT cover of The Spirit, Sammy and a Pirate treasure has never been seen by American fans, nor to most Europeans. Will created it exclusively for a Danish collection of The Spirit because his publisher in Denmark, Jens Peder Agger, was also Eisner’s European agent at the time, and had an inside track! This offering is also rather unique in that the lot includes FOUR different pencil preliminaries, one of which corresponds to the final painted version.
Eisner gave his publisher the courtesy of four layouts, never seen by anyone else. We are not aware of any other Spirit cover that was offered with this many surviving concept drawings. The lucky buyer of this lot will have all four options including three what-if cover designs. Framed together with the gorgeous watercolor this would be quite an impressive set of images!
Keep in mind if you are considering acquiring original WE art that Eisner created relatively few full color covers This is one of only a tiny handful remaining in the estate’s possession.
Size/medium/condition: Final cover measures 12.25 x 16.5 inches (31 x 41.9 cm). Pencil concept drawings vary slightly in size: aach is approximately 4.25 x 6.5 inches (10.8 x 16.5 cm). Final cover is watercolor and Ink on thick illustration board (Eisner’s official studio rubber stamp is on the reverse along with copyright notice). Signed and dated lower right. All art is in excellent condition.
Price: $7,500 (Lot of 5: watercolor + 4 pencil prelims)