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Will Eisner Original Art: Page 4 DROPSIE AVENUE: Pencil and ink art from Invisible People (1992)

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Will Eisner Original Art: Page 4 DROPSIE AVENUE: Pencil and ink art from Invisible People (1992)
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    WILL EISNER. Page 4, �DROPSIE AVENUE�: Pencil and ink art from Invisible People (1992). LOT of 3.

    The story of the soon-to-be �invisible� clothes presser Pincus Pleatnik is the focus of �Sanctum,� the first of three parts comprising Eisner�s popular Invisible People graphic novel. This before and after pairing reveals Eisner�s creative process, including small visual or text changes he makes as determining the final page look. Note, for example, how Pincus is bespectacled and nearly bald in the rough, but has ample curly hair and no glasses in the final inked version. Also note that Pincus lives at 55 Dropsie Avenue, the very same tenement building made famous in Eisner�s groundbreaking A Contract with God (1978), A Life Force (1988) and Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood (1995), giving this particular page a very special pedigree.


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    Will Eisner's The Sanctum
    Will Eisner's The Sanctum

    Besides the original art described above this lot includes a scarce mint copy of Sanctum, Will Eisner's The Sanctumthe 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 in 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.

    Size/Medium/Condition/Price:
    The pencil layout (page �6� at bottom) was created in two stages: an underlying blue pencil rough with black pencil on top, on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. But only half the page is original art. The doors and steps are a photocopy of an earlier rough discarded after being Xeroxed. The finished version (page �4� at lower right) is drawn in brush, pen and India ink on a lightweight Bristol board measuring 11 x 13.75 inches. 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: $1,750

    Provenance: This original art is guaranteed to be authentic. It 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.


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