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Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: The Good Ole Days p.4 (1950)

Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: The Good Ole Days p.4 (1950)
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    WILL EISNER (1917-2005) • Original Spirit art

    May 28, 1950.  Page 4 from “The Good Old Days” (Baseball story).

    JULES FEIFFER & TEX BLAISDELL (Will Eisner editor/publisher in this instance) • THE SPIRIT • May 28, 1950 (actually 1948*). Page 4 from “The Good Old Days” (and page 2 from Baseball Comics #2).

    Commissioner Dolan is telling Sammy about a classic baseball game pitting the dominant American League teams of 1907: the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics, featuring superstars of the era. Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and others. For the full understanding of this page read the back-story below:

    *Back-story to this story and page: The bulk of the 7-page “Good Old Days” Spirit story (minus the splash and 2nd page) was originally created in 1948 for Baseball Comics #2. Jules Feiffer wrote the story and Tex Blaisdell drew it. Will Eisner had briefly started his own comic book line that year, publishing Kewpies and Baseball Comics #1, with John Law #1 (a solo Eisner creation) and Baseball Comics #2 poised to be printed, when he quickly pulled the plug.

    The comic book market was congested in 1948 and the initial sales numbers did not look promising for a start-up imprint, so Eisner shelved the unpublished titles. A portion of John Law #1 was famously converted by Eisner into what became an all-time Spirit classic, the 2-part “Sand Saref” story published in January 1950. Five months after that conversion, probably spurred by a deadline crisis, a 6-page story created for Baseball Comics #2 became this “Good Old Days” Spirit story.

    Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, pen, and ink on Bristol board measuring 13.75 x 22 inches (34.9 x 52.8 cm. White tape at top and bottom, applied by Eisner to cover up yellowing from original 1948 Baseball Comics rubber cement. White-Out and correctional scraping in a few places but 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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