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Will Eisner Original Art: The Hider/Sanctum 1st SPLASH PAGE + pencil from Invisible People 1992 * NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE *
EISNER. "The Hider"/�Sanctum� 1st SPLASH PAGE and pencil from Invisible
People (1992). LOT of 3.
lot includes an a exceptional pair of originals. When Will Eisner
created his first pencil drafts for the opening story in his Invisible
People trilogy, he called it �The Hider.� Later, of course,
the story of hapless Pincus Pleatnik was officially titled �Sanctum.�
Other than the altered title, the remaining text and composition is
largely unchanged, although the text on the bed board is significantly
expanded and �city survival� at the bottom becomes �urban survival.�
For those of you who like to see the process of self-editing and
creation, this is a perfect example of Eisner�s process, including the
very uncommon name change from the first to final step. These are a
perfect pair to frame side-by-side.
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Besides the original art described above this
lot includes a scarce mint copy of Sanctum, the
first of three stiff-covered comic-books published by Kitchen Sink
Press in 1992 to serialize the trilogy before it was collected as the
much better known graphic novel Invisible People
1993. This was the only time an Eisner graphic novel was serialized as
stand-alone comics prior to book publication. Sales were disappointing
since most Eisner fans were willing to wait for the compilation.
Consequently Sanctum and its sister comics are seldom seen or
offered for sale. This is a file copy from the Eisner estate.
The pencil layout (page �3� at
bottom) was created in two stages: an underlying blue pencil rough with
black pencil on top, on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. The finished version (page
�1� at lower right) is drawn in brush, pen and India ink on a
lightweight Bristol board measuring 11 x 13.75 inches. The speckled
texture behind the �Sanctum� title is something Eisner occasionally did
using an old-fashioned toothbrush splatter effect, after the rest of
the page was masked. The reverse has the official Eisner Studio rubber
stamp and a second title/page stamp. Both originals are in excellent
condition and the Sanctum comic is NM/M. LOT of 3: $2,000
Provenance: This original
art is guaranteed to be
is warranted to be from the Will Eisner estate, which is exclusively
represented by the Denis Kitchen Art Agency (DKAA) via this related web
site. No one else has owned this art except Will Eisner and his widow
Ann. If you purchase this lot it will come with a DKAA Bill of Sale.
This document provides ironclad provenance for insurance purposes, any
museum exhibition or possible future resale.
If you don�t have the book Invisible
People, it is still available from the current publisher W. W.
Norton, amazon or leading retailers.