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Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: Lizzy's Boys p.5 (1950)

Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: Lizzy's Boys p.5 (1950)
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    WILL EISNER (1917-2005) • Original Spirit Art

    October 15, 1950. Page 5 from “Lizzie’s Boys”

    Crime Does Not Pay – as well as it used to! With a scripting assist from Jules Feiffer, Eisner packs a ton of story onto this charming page from the late Spirit story “Lizzie’s Boys.”

    Light Fingered Lizzy is a career pickpocket who’s coming up on hard times in the crime biz. Her boys are explosives geniuses who fingered the notorious Ghouly Gang in a recent bank heist, and while the press and police believe the gang are the culprits, Spirit senses something else is afoot. During a heated argument with Dolan, kid detectives pick up Lizzie’s file and decide to bring her in. The tables are turned when she picks their pocket, finding her file in the pages of a Spirit comic book. Meanwhile, the Ghouly Gang track down Lizzie’s boys and put them to work planning a heist. Trying to find a wallet, Lizzie snatches the map of her sons’ new heist from a Ghouly gangster’s pocket. Despondent at the lack of a good score, she goes to the police station to turn herself in and give up the criminal life at exactly the moment when her boys bust through the station floor in a joyous reunion. When Spirit and Dolan debrief, they discover the boys planned to bust into the police station. In a classic Eisner twist, everybody went straight at the same time!

    On this charming page, we get a huge chunk of story in a mere seven panels. In the top tier we see the stymied Junior detectives miss Lizzie walking right past them at the moment they realize their comic book (and her police file) are gone. Meanwhile, her sons have sold the Ghouly Gang on a heist that isn’t as it seems, and what’s more, at the bottom tier, Lizzie thinks she’s gonna snap up a nice bankroll and instead turns up the heist map. “People don’t seem to keep their wallets where they used to!” she laments.

    Although this page came at the height of the Spirit studio’s collaborative efforts, Eisner hand is evident in the characters drawn on the page. This is especially apparent in the last panel, where Lizzie’s exasperated expression is pure Eisner. This page is a charming gem, and a rare opportunity to own a wonderful piece of historical comic art!

    Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, pen, and ink on Bristol board measuring 15 x 22.5 inches (38 x 57cm). Some minor White-out. Some residual rubber cement staining at very bottom, outside image or framing 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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