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Will Eisner Art: 3:00 AM Father (1981)

Will Eisner Art: 3:00 AM Father (1981)
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    WILL EISNER (1917-2005) • Original short story
    “3:00 AM Father” (1981)

    The vast majority of Will Eisner’s comic art pages pages are in crisp black and white, certainly including each and every Spirit story from the Golden Age of Comics. But later in his career he periodically added wash tones to hard line art in some short stories. “Wash” is a gray tone created by diluting dense black India ink with water: the more water that is added, the lighter the gray becomes, and for a master artist like Eisner, this unlimited tonal range simply created a broader palette with which to work. The technique works especially well on this middle-of-the-night universal parent story, created in 1981 as part of the “Garbage Cans” chapter collected in New York: The Big City. The floating foreground panel planes against the cityscape and approaching garbage truck is typical of Eisner’s constant inventiveness with page composition.

    Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, ink and wash on heavy Bainbridge illustration board measuring 11.5 x 15 inches. Slight tape residue on some edges but 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.