Mansfield Fox

Law student. Yankees fan. Massive fraggle. Just living the American dream.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Will Eisner, Resquiescat in Pace

I hadn't realized it until just now, but Will Eisner passed away a few days ago. Eisner was one of the giants of American comics. He started working in the 1930s, running a production house that employed future greats Jack Kirby and Bob Kane, and which famously turned down a proposal to create a character called "Superman". From 1940-1952 he produced The Spirit, a strip about a masked crime fighter that was narratively and artistically light years ahead of its time. In the late 1970s he returned to the "sequential art" medium, as he called it, effectively inventing the modern graphic novel with his A Contract with God. In the succeeding 25 years, he published a large number of other graphic novels, which can be seen here.