The Best of the Spirit

The Best of the Spirit

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Written by Will Eisner Art and cover by Eisner DC Comics is proud to present its first-ever collection celebrating the greatest stories by comics mastermind Will Eisner starring one of the most indelible characters ever created: The Spirit! THE BEST OF THE SPIRIT reprints 22 Spirit sections from 1940-1950, featuring famous first appearances, classic confrontations, human interest tales, and all those magnificent splash pages! Eisner's blue-suit-clad, fedora-wearing crimefighter starred in hundreds of newspaper adventure stories that thrilled readers with Eisner's groundbreaking style. Eisner was a master of utilizing the comics format to its greatest strengths, and his Spirit stories are some of his finest examples! This volume also features an introduction by New York Times best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN).
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2005.
ISBN: 9781401207557
1401207553
Branch Call Number: GN EISNER
Characteristics: 185 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 20, 2014

Will Eisner may not be a household name, but he was a titan and a pioneer in comics and sequential art. He is credited with the first use of the term "graphic novel," he wrote several early, important graphic novels, wrote a critical study on comics and in his 1940s strip "The Spirit," created much of the visual grammar of the superhero comic. This collection is a fine introduction to the masked crime fighter. The artwork still holds up for its dynamism and creativity, but the stories are pretty cliched: bad guys often speak in cheesy dialect, bad girls are always vamps, The Spirit is not very compelling and the less said about the black character the better. Still, this is key in the development of comics both as part of mass culture and as an artistic form

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