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Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: Blubber p.4 (1946)

Will Eisner Original Spirit Art:  Blubber p.4 (1946)
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    WILL EISNER (1917-2005) • Original Spirit Art

    Feb 17, 1946. Page 4 from “Blubber”

    Dynamic characterization and action! Will Eisner hits his stride in this page from “Blubber,” the ninth story in his groundbreaking post-war run on The Spirit! Eisner moves the action out of Central City for the first time, sending the Spirit on a mission to track down the deadly pirate Batt! Here we see Eisner staking his claim to make The Spirit stand shoulder to shoulder with newspaper adventure strips of the era like Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon and Roy Crane’s Buz Sawyer with exotic settings and daring action. This page could easily stand on its own as a Sunday page with its spacious composition and thrilling pace.

    The title character, Blubber, was a short-lived replacement for Ebony, who Eisner had just written out in a prior story. Blubber was a quick-witted, well-spoken Eskimo boy with a penchant for adventure who helped Spirit on this caper and followed him home to Central City.

    Eisner’s mature voice and style shine through with every line. Cross-eyed Captain Batt is quirky, duplicitous, sinister, and absurd. Fine penwork defines the landscape while fluid, sensuous brushstrokes articulate the figures. Fine hatching defines the textures of the sea vessels while white ink adds dimension to the glassy arctic bay. Although the Spirit doesn’t appear on this page, it is unmistakably Eisner, and shows the artist hitting his stride.

    Medium/Size/Condition:Brush, pen, and ink on Bristol board measuring 14.75 x 23.25 inches (37 x 59 cm). Paste-up lettering in panel 4. Minor touches of White-out in panels five and six. Some white ink in panel six to convey contrast. Some wash marks and discoloration at edges, with a pristine image area. Uneven cut mark at edge outside of image area. Overall in 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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