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Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: Junior President Election p.3 (1948)

Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: Junior President Election p.3 (1948)
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    WILL EISNER (1917-2005) • Original Spirit Art

    August 15, 1948. Page 3 from “Junior President Election”

    Eisner Plays Politics! Scratchie Parlay, the bookie’s son, gets nominated for Junior President of the USA in this 1948 Spirit page. Developed against the backdrop of the 1948 presidential election pitting Harry Truman against Thomas Dewey, Eisner channeled his love for city politics into a delightful romp about what happens when kids get to run their own political conventions. On this page, the elated nominee for the Waterfront delegation Scratchie Parlay runs home to share the news. His proud father puts his shady work aside to share in the pride of his son’s news.

    This page boasts terrific atmospheric details, especially the portrayal of the bookie’s office with the howling phones and overstuffed clipboards. Scratchie and Poppa burst with animated pride conveyed through precise penwork and shading. The last panel portraying the father and son embrace “is mine, art and writing,” Eisner recalled in a 1980s interview, singling out this story as a reflection of his storytelling concerns in contrast to assistants Jules Feiffer and Andre LeBlanc who were active in developing the strip at this time. Many collectors consider 1948 to be the pinnacle year for Eisner’s Spirit, and although this page doesn’t feature The Spirit himself, it’s a prime example of Eisner’s humane eye for emotion and detail.

    Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, pen, and ink on Bristol board measuring 16 3/8 x 23 inches (42 x 58 cm). Some White-out. Paste-up page number in lower right corner, likely from KSP reprint program. 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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