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Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: The Tunnel p. 3

Will Eisner Original Spirit Art: The Tunnel p. 3
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    WILL EISNER. Original SPIRIT Art. Page 3 from "Tunnel" a.k.a. "The Invention of Dr. Medulla" (March 21, 1948).

    Commissioner Dolan and Officer Klink are featured, along with Professor Medulla and his remarkable machine which can record a dead man's memory. Trademark Eisner folds and feathering throughout. The projection in the last panel looks like Eisner's parody of 1948-era modern art!

    Medium/size/condition/price: Ink on Bristol board 16 3/8 inches wide x 22 1/4 inches high. "Silverprint" strip loosely rubber-cemented at very top with newspaper (Philadelphia) and page (incorrect). Strip at bottom long ago fell off revealing cement residue and handwritten publication date and page. Pencil correction in left margin. Small areas of white-out, mainly around balloons. There were originally two balloons above Medulla's head in the final panel, but Eisner inked over them in a denser ink than the surrounding blacks. Someone with access to an infra-red camera could find out what the Professor was saying or thinking that Eisner decided to self-censor in 1948.

    Overall clean and excellent.

    Provenance: Warranted to be from the private archives of the Will Eisner estate (exclusively represented by this agency) and further warranted to be authentic. The art comes with a descriptive Bill of Sale from the estate and agency.

    Many Spirit fans would love to own one or two vintage 1940s Eisner Spirit originals but cannot afford a full 7-page story (averaging over $15,000). It was Will Eisner's long-standing policy not break up his complete stories. But on behalf of his estate we are able to offer single pages from the several stories that were incomplete for various reasons.