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Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: Lovely Looie Splash Page (1949)


Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: Lovely Looie Splash Page (1949)
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    WILL EISNER (1917-2005) • Original Spirit Art

    April 10, 1949. “Splash” PAGE 1 from “Introducing Lovely Looie”

    A heavyweight Spirit splash page! Will Eisner flexes his creative muscles on this outstanding splash page. Eisner uses the Spirit logo as a signature element in this inventive page, with the story’s title character Louis struggling to hoist it up, ultimately collapsing under its mighty weight.

    “Introducing Lovely Looie,” satirizes the rise of theatrical wrestling, taking a not-so-veiled jab at the era’s superstar Gorgeous George. Dolan stands in for Eisner himself, expressing disgust at how modern wrestling’s tawdry theatrics denigrate the true sport. He gets more than he bargains for when he squares off against the brawny brute in a benefit match (with a little help from the Spirit)!

    In addition to the playful logo use, this page is novel for the expressive anatomy. Eisner conveys the nuanced details of a muscular body in motion, gracefully conveying movement, strain, and effort. In 1988, Eisner recalled, “Sometimes I felt like a ball in a pinball machine trying to come up with a new story every week, but this one turned out well. I was doing more and more satire as I went along, it seems to me. This story is kind of in a Mad vein, although it wasn’t there for me to use as an influence.” As prices for Eisner splash pages at auction continue to climb, and the Eisner family is down to a literal handful of splash pages, this playful example is a true gem from one of the high-watermark Spirit stories of 1949 and a wonderful centerpiece for the discerning collector!

    Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, pen, and ink on Bristol board measuring 16 3/8 x 23 inches (42 x 58 cm). Some White-out . Yellowed title mechanical at very top, otherwise excellent condition.



    Further reference: Much other Eisner art, plus out-of-print graphic novels, Spirit comic books and magazines, signed serigraphs, his Famous 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.



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