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Will Eisner Art: Comics in the Library (1974)

Will Eisner Art: Comics in the Library (1974)
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    WILL EISNER • Original Illustration
    “Comic Books in the Library?!@#*” (1974)

    Will Eisner was the first prominent person in the comics field to urge the inclusion of comics in libraries. As with many areas of the field, he was way ahead of the pack. Today libraries and librarians embrace graphic novels and the comics genre, and it is one of their most popular genres, especially among younger readers. But back in 1974, the notion of putting comics in libraries was virtually unthinkable. Four years before his own ground-breaking A Contract with God, the book that kicked off the graphic novel revolution, Eisner wrote a prescient article for The School Library Journal (Oct. 1974) and illustrated with this historic drawing. Some sharp-eyed Eisner fans may recognize the gray-toned superhero as the heroic prototype Eisner inserted in the first “underground” Spirit comic, published a year and a half earlier.

    Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, pen and ink on Bristol board measuring 12 inches wide x 10 inches high, which in turn has been glued to a heavy illustration board measuring 10” x 12.25”. A portion of the Bristol board is loose because of aging rubber cement, and there are some unrelated cement stains on the reverse, but the image is not affected. Otherwise 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 Steve Krupp’s Curio Shoppe.

    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.