WILL EISNER. Complete original SPIRIT
STORY (7 pages, sold as lot).
"The Fallen Sparrow" (January
11, 1948) ... Page 1 of 7
The somewhat complicated but unabashed
romance story begins with the jailed Powder Pouf (one
tough broad, most famous for her amazing spider-web Spirit
splash page) but actually stars Powder's cell mate,
Sparrow Fallon and childhood sweetheart and ex-con-turned
bank teller, Bleak. This one has dames breaking out of
prison, car chases, fist fights, murder and mayhem involving
The Spirit. The jail-break uses hot-steam-in-guard's-face
---page 4--- and Eisner lingers on the tortured guard's
body for a full panel. We did say it was a romance, right?
Prime Eisner artwork and layouts throughout. The perspective
in the opening panel of page 2 is particularly nice, as are the
action scenes. A well above average story.
Medium/size/condition/price: Brush & pen inks on Bristol board 16 1/4 inches
wide x 22 5/8 inches high. All pages have yellowing tape residue
at the tops and most on the bottom, but these are outside the
image areas. White-out on the splash panel reveals that the large
distinctive "S" in SPIRIT was originally not quite
as distinctive. The large right art panel is a paste-up.There
are no other paste-ups and relatively little white-out. Overall,
very clean. Excellent condition. $19,500 for the lot of
Warranted to be from the private archives of the Will Eisner
estate (exclusively represented by this agency) and further warranted
to be authentic. The art comes with a descriptive Bill of Sale
from the estate and agency.
(above image scanned from original
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