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Will Eisner Art: Moby Dick Color Cover Painting (1998)

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Will Eisner Art: Moby Dick Color Cover Painting (1998)
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    WILL EISNER • Original cover art (lot of 2)
    “Moby Dick painting” (1998)

    Will Eisner adapted several literary classics as short graphic novel editions for young readers. These included Cervantes’ Don Quixote (The Last Knight), the African legend Sundiata, and The Princess and the Frog. The most ambitious undertaking was Herman Melville’s dense Moby Dick. For the front cover of NBM’s English language edition, Eisner created two versions. A similar version with the obsessed Captain Ahab in closer view was used as the final cover, and this U.S. alternative became NBM’s title page frontispiece. But this original was the front cover on the Brazilian edition of Moby Dick, and possibly other international editions. The lot includes the original painting plus a limited edition of the hardcover book NBM edition numbered and signed by Will Eisner.

    Medium/Size/Condition: Watercolor and ink on heavy, textured watercolor paper measuring 10 inches wide x 14 inches high. A 2-inch tear in the lower middle, well outside any matting area, was taped from the back by Eisner’s studio long ago.  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 Steve Krupp’s Curio Shoppe.

    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.
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