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Will Eisner Original Art: Halloween Spirit of 1947: The Burning of P.S. 43 pg.7

Will Eisner Original Art: Halloween Spirit of 1947: The Burning of P.S. 43 pg.7
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    (1917-2005) • Original Spirit art
    “Hallowe’en Spirit of 1947: The Burning of P.S. 43” page 7” (1947)

    The immediate post-war period is regarding by many as the pinnacle of Will Eisner’s Spirit art style, and thus pages from this period are especially sought by collectors. From 1946 to 1948, with some exceptions, Will Eisner was writing, penciling and inking the stories himself, with minimal assistance from others. The brush stokes are particularly bold, the attention to “feathering” (quick but carefully delineated brushstrokes most notable in the folding and shadows of clothing) is especially masterful, and there is an overall greater detail to detail. While Eisner was always a workhorse, his schedule became much more demanding in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, requiring that Spirit scripts, backgrounds and even foregrounds increasingly be handled by assistants.

    Eisner’s own hand is evident in this final page from his Hallowe’en story, an annual event, from 1947. As the Puritanical “Guardians” turn into dogs, their close-ups reveal Eisner’s unmistakable touch. While The Spirit is absent from this page (he played a minor role in most holiday stories) Hazel B. Witch is present, and for dig lovers who also collect comic art, they are attraction enough, particularly when drawn in this prime period. Note that the splash page for this October 26, 1947 sold at Heritage Auction in 2009 for nearly $9,000.

    Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, pen and ink on Bristol board measuring 16.5 inches wide x 22.5 inches high. White tape on all sides around image areas. More than usual White-Out but no paste-ups. Very fine to 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.