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Will Eisner Art: Original Cover to Death & Taxes - Lot of 3


Will Eisner Art: Original Cover to Death & Taxes - Lot of 3
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    WILL EISNER (1917-2005) • Original cover art to Death & Taxes (lot of 3) 1975

    Even many ardent Will Eisner fans may not remember the “Gleeful Guide” series, self-published by his Poorhouse Press in the mid-70s, shortly after the revival of The Spirit. Eisner produced half a dozen amusing Gleeful Guides on topical issues, including How to Avoid Death & Taxes. Offered here are 3 items: 1.) Original art to the variant cover; 2. The color proof of Eisner’s hand-colored version of the final cover; and 3.) the hard-to-find book itself. At first glance the variant looks exactly like the final cover, but “Death” in the variant shows his teeth and has different trash under his feet, and there are subtle differences with the rich guy flicking cigar ashes on the frustrated IRS agent. The color proof also shows different type in the upper left and upper right, a signature absent on the published book, and color variations.

    Medium/Size/Condition: The original is drawn with brush and ink on vellum measuring  8.5 x11 inches, and is taped on white paper just slightly smaller, and enclosed in protective 9 x 12” Mylar. The corners are clipped on the white under sheet but it does not affect the original art, which is immaculate. The proof and the book are also in excellent condition.


    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.

    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.



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