The artist whose name graces the highest award in comics gets a new volume exploring his legendary career.
Will Eisner’s 1978 short story cycle A Contract With God didn’t create the term ‘graphic novel’ but it’s credited with popularizing the term.
That isn’t even Eisner’s most recognizable contribution to comics: that’d be The Spirit – his masked crimefighter who appeared initially in a Sunday newspaper insert and then later in other incarnations. (It got a pretty wretched Frank Miller-directed film in 2008 but don’t let that tarnish the man’s legacy.)
Now former DC Comics President Paul Levitz has written Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel – a new biography of the artist and writer that presents ‘the first comprehensive overview’ of the man whose name graces the highest award in comics.
It follows Eisner’s career from dropping out of high school during the Great Depression – to The Spirit’s initial run in newspapers – to A Contract With God pushing the boundaries of the form.