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(1917-2005) • Original Spirit art
May 28, 1950. Page 7 from “The
Good Old Days” (Baseball story).
EISNER, JULES FEIFFER & TEX BLAISDELL • THE
SPIRIT • May 28, 1950 (and 1948*). Page 7 from “The Good
Old Days” (and page 5 or 6 from Baseball Comics #2).
As a framing
at a Central City ballpark telling Sammy about a
legendary baseball game pitting the dominant American
League teams of 1907: the Detroit
superstars of the era like Ty
Cobb, Sam Crawford, Rube Waddell, and others.
This concluding page tells how the game ended in a tie,
paving the way for the Tigers to win the 1907 AL pennant.
And, of course, younf Sammy, who is not especially
interested in a game played over four decades earlier, is
sound asleep in an empty stadium. For the full
understanding of this story’s unusual history read the
The bulk of the 7-page “Good Old Days” Spirit story (minus
the splash and 2nd page) was
originally created in 1948 for Baseball Comics #2. Jules
the story and Tex
briefly started his own comic book line that year,
publishing Kewpies and Baseball Comics #1, with John Law #1
(a solo Eisner creation) and Baseball Comics #2 poised to
be printed, when he quickly pulled the plug.
The comic book
market was congested in 1948 and the initial sales numbers
did not look promising for a start-up imprint, so Eisner
shelved the unpublished titles. A portion of the John Law #1 contents
was famously converted by Eisner into what became an
all-time Spirit classic:
the 2-part “Sand Saref” story published in January 1950.
Five months after that conversion, probably spurred by a
deadline crisis, a 6-page story created for Baseball Comics #2 became
this “Good Old Days” Spirit story. Eisner
finished the story himself to complete the conversion.
pen, and ink on Bristol board measuring 13.75 x 22 inches
(34.9 x 52.8 cm. White tape at top and bottom, applied by
Eisner to cover up yellowing from original 1948 Baseball Comics rubber
cement. Considerable White-Out in the opening panel and a
smattering elsewhere. Oddly enough, given the history
recited above, there are no paste-ups, which strongly
indicates that Eisner drew the entire page himself,
loosely emulating Blaisdell’s style in the first four
panels, for internal consistency. Excellent condition.
Further reference: Much other Eisner
art, plus out-of-print graphic novels, Spirit comic books
Cartoonist Button, and numerous other Eisner-related
items are accessible from our sister store Steve
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 permission.